1972 United States presidential election in Maryland Article

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1972 United States presidential election in Maryland

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All 10 Maryland electoral votes to the Electoral College
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Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 829,305 505,781
Percentage 61.3% 37.4%

The United States presidential election in Maryland, 1972 was held on November 7, 1972. Both the Democratic and Republican ( Sargent Shriver and Spiro Agnew, respectively) Vice Presidential nominees were from Maryland.

Incumbent President Richard Nixon of California and Vice President Agnew of Maryland won the state, winning 61.26 percent of the vote to George McGovern and Shriver's 37.36 percent. Nixon won every county-equivalent in the state except Baltimore City. He won over 77 percent of the vote in Carroll County, and over 70 percent in nine counties overall. This is the last time Prince George's County has voted Republican in a presidential election, [1] and the last of only six occasions [a] since the emergence of the Republican Party that Maryland has voted more Republican than the nation as a whole. [2]

Of his three presidential campaigns, this is the only time in which Nixon carried the home state of his running mate. Nixon failed to carry Maryland in 1968 and in 1960 did not carry Massachusetts the home state of his then running mate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.


United States presidential election in Maryland, 1972 [3]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew 829,305 61.26% 10
Democratic George McGovern Sargent Shriver 505,781 37.36% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz Thomas J. Anderson 18,726 1.38% 0


  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ Counting the Votes; Maryland
  3. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results - Maryland". Retrieved 2015-09-05.


  1. ^ The other five are 1896 under William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" opposed by Northeastern industrialists, and the four elections from 1944 to 1956