United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1972 Article

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United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1972

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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 4 0
Popular vote 213,724 116,435
Percentage 64.0% 34.9%

New Hampshire Election Results by County, 1972.svg
County Results
  Nixon—50-60%
  Nixon—60-70%
  Nixon—70-80%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election, which was held throughout all 50 states and D.C. Voters chose 4 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New Hampshire was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Richard Nixon of California and his running mate incumbent Vice President Spiro Agnew of Maryland. Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic nominees, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and his running mate United States Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland.

Nixon took 63.98% of the vote to McGovern's 34.85%, a margin of 29.12%.

New Hampshire in this era normally leaned Republican, having not gone Democratic since the nationwide Democratic landslide of 1964.

As Nixon won re-election nationally in a 49-state landslide, New Hampshire easily remained in the Republican column, with McGovern's only victories coming from neighboring Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

On the county map, Nixon swept all 10 of the state's counties, breaking 60% in 7 of them. As in previous elections, Carroll County and Belknap County were the most Republican counties in the state, both voting over 70% for Nixon. McGovern's strongest county was Strafford County, where he managed 41.3% of the vote to Nixon's 57.8%.

Amidst Nixon's landslide nationwide win, New Hampshire would weigh in as almost 6% more Republican than the national average, and would be the most Republican state in the Northeast.

Results

United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 1972 [1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 213,724 63.98% 4
Democratic George McGovern 116,435 34.85% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz 3,386 1.01% 0
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 368 0.11% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 146 0.04% 0
Totals 334,059 100.00% 4
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 64%/74%

Results by county

County Nixon# Nixon% McGovern# McGovern% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Belknap 11,536 70.72% 4,610 28.26% 166 1.02% 16,312
Carroll 8,525 77.01% 2,395 21.64% 150 1.36% 11,070
Cheshire 13,390 58.98% 9,157 40.33% 156 0.69% 22,703
Coös 9,468 60.84% 5,829 37.45% 266 1.71% 15,563
Grafton 16,605 65.58% 8,388 33.13% 326 1.29% 25,319
Hillsborough 65,274 64.39% 34,739 34.27% 1,364 1.35% 101,377
Merrimack 25,354 67.70% 11,737 31.34% 362 0.97% 37,453
Rockingham 38,825 63.09% 21,998 35.75% 718 1.17% 61,541
Strafford 16,846 57.83% 12,028 41.29% 255 0.88% 29,129
Sullivan 7,901 58.13% 5,554 40.86% 137 1.01% 13,592
Totals 213,724 63.98% 116,435 34.85% 3,900 1.17% 334,059

References

  1. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results - New Hampshire". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-11-16.

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