United States presidential election in Vermont, 1972 Article

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United States presidential election in Vermont, 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 3 0
Popular vote 117,149 68,174
Percentage 62.66% 36.47%

Vermont 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 Vermont took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Vermont voted for incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon of California and his running mate Vice President Spiro Agnew of Maryland, defeating Democratic Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and his running mate U.S. Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland.

Nixon took 62.66% of the vote to McGovern's 36.47%, a margin of 26.20%. Coming in a distant third was the People’s Party candidate famed pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock, who took 0.54% in Vermont on the Liberty Union ballot line.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1972 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party, except in the Democratic landslide of 1964, when the GOP had nominated staunch conservative Barry Goldwater.

Richard Nixon was seen as a mainstream moderate Republican, and while winning nationally in a massive 49-state landslide, he easily held onto Vermont’s three electoral votes. The only state McGovern carried was neighboring Massachusetts, along with the District of Columbia.

As Nixon won a historic landslide nationally, Vermont weighed in as about 2% more Republican than the nation.

Nixon won every county in Vermont, and broke sixty percent in every county except for Chittenden County, the most populous county, home to the state's largest city, Burlington. Though the state didn’t vote Democratic until 1992, no subsequent Republican who won the state was able to match Nixon’s 62 percent vote share.

Results

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1972 [1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 117,149 62.66% 3
Democratic George McGovern 68,174 36.47% 0
Liberty Union (People's) Benjamin Spock 1,010 0.54% 0
No party Write-ins 318 0.17% 0
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 296 0.16% 0
Totals 186,947 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 61%/68%

Results by county

County Nixon# Nixon% McGovern# McGovern% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Addison 6,467 65.99% 3,262 33.29% 71 0.72% 9,800
Bennington 7,542 60.56% 4,804 38.58% 107 0.86% 12,453
Caledonia 6,762 68.04% 3,094 31.13% 83 0.84% 9,939
Chittenden 23,063 58.09% 16,163 40.71% 477 1.20% 39,703
Essex 1,441 68.29% 655 31.04% 14 0.66% 2,110
Franklin 8,109 67.21% 3,898 32.31% 58 0.48% 12,065
Grand Isle 1,259 62.39% 743 36.82% 16 0.79% 2,018
Lamoille 4,164 70.16% 1,659 27.95% 112 1.89% 5,935
Orange 5,389 69.12% 2,332 29.91% 76 0.97% 7,797
Orleans 4,906 63.21% 2,793 35.98% 63 0.81% 7,762
Rutland 14,143 62.68% 8,261 36.61% 159 0.70% 22,563
Washington 12,421 61.58% 7,596 37.66% 152 0.75% 20,169
Windham 9,063 60.02% 5,925 39.24% 113 0.75% 15,101
Windsor 12,421 63.59% 6,989 35.78% 122 0.62% 19,532
Totals 117,150 62.66% 68,174 36.47% 1,623 0.87% 186,947

References

  1. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results - Vermont". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2013-08-02.