United States House of Representatives election in the District of Columbia, 1972

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Map of the District of Columbia At-Large district.

The 1972 congressional election for the Delegate from the District of Columbia was held on November 7, 1972. The winner of the race was Walter E. Fauntroy (D), who won his first re-election after winning the special election in the previous year. All elected members would serve in 93rd United States Congress.

The non-voting delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia is elected for two-year terms.


Walter E. Fauntroy, a Democrat, sought re-election for his second term to the United States House of Representatives. Fauntroy was opposed in this election by Republican challenger William Chin-Lee who received 25.12%, and Statehood Party candidate Charles I. Cassell who received 11.92%. This resulted in Fauntroy being elected with 60.64% of the vote.


D.C. At Large Congressional District Election (1972)[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter E. Fauntroy (inc.) 95,300 60.64%
Republican William Chin-Lee 39,487 25.12%
D.C. Statehood Green Charles I. Cassell 18,730 11.92%
Independent David H. Dabney 2,514 1.60%
Socialist Workers Herman Fagg 1,133 0.72%
Totals 157,164 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold