1972 Presidential Election Interactive Map

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1972 Actual Election Results

Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes
Richard M. Nixon (I) Republican 520 46,740,323
George McGovern Democratic 17 28,901,598

1972 Election Facts

  • Based on 1970 census results, California replaces New York with most electoral votes
  • 26th Amendment ratified in this cycle: 18 year olds allowed to vote
  • Vice-Presidential Succession: Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, and was replaced by Vice-President Gerald R. Ford
  • Nixon won Virginia; however one elector cast a vote for John Hospers
  • Issues of the Day: Vietnam War, International Relations (Detente with USSR, Visit to China), Watergate
  • Maine shifts from winner-take-all to congressional district method for allocating electoral votes