United States presidential election in New York, 1972

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United States presidential election in New York, 1972
New York
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November 7, 1972
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Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
(replacing Thomas Eagleton)
Electoral vote 41 0
Popular vote 4,192,778 2,951,084
Percentage 58.54% 41.21%

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County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

Nixon while campaigning in Pocantico Hills, New York, 1972.

The 1972 United States presidential election in New York took place on November 7, 1972. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. New York voters chose forty one electors to the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New York was won by incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon, who succeeded in securing re-election against Democratic Senator George McGovern of South Dakota. Nixon ran with Vice President, and former Maryland Governor, Spiro Agnew for Vice President, and McGovern ran with United States Ambassador Sargent Shriver for Vice President. In the midst of a nationwide Republican landslide, Nixon took 58.54% of the vote in New York State to McGovern's 41.21%, a margin of 17.34%. New York weighed in for this election as more Democratic than the national average by about 6%.

Nearly all counties in New York State turned out for Nixon, and only counties composite with New York City had majorities for the more liberal, and more progressive, George McGovern. McGovern was able to win New York City as a whole with victories in 3 boroughs, taking 2/3 of the vote in Manhattan and also winning the Bronx and Brooklyn, however Nixon was able to put in a relatively strong performance citywide with victories in Queens and Staten Island. 1972 remains the last election in which a Republican presidential nominee has won the borough of Queens, a heavily populated county historically key to Republican competition in New York. This was also the last election in which a Republican presidential nominee has won the upstate counties of Erie County, where the city of Buffalo is located, and Albany County, where the state capital of Albany is located. All 3 of these counties have become solidly Democratic in the 40 years that have followed.

The presidential election of 1972 was an extremely partisan election for New York, with 99.75% of the electorate voting either Republican or Democrat.[1] Having delivered as President a period of relative economic stability and growth, and showing promising movements towards peace in Vietnam, Nixon was able to gain reelection with electors from every State in the U.S., except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. The Vietnam War continued to be a strong issue during this election, with both candidates declaring desire to end the conflict.[2]

This was the first election since 1808 in which New York did not have the largest number of electors in the Electoral College, having fallen to 41 electors versus California's 45 as a result of the 1970 census.


United States presidential election in New York, 1972
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 3,824,642 53.40%
Conservative Richard Nixon 368,136 5.14%
Total Richard Nixon 4,192,778 58.54% 41
Democratic George McGovern 2,767,956 38.65%
Liberal George McGovern 183,128 2.56%
Total George McGovern 2,951,084 41.21% 0
Socialist Workers Evelyn Reed 7,797 0.11% 0
Communist Gus Hall 5,641 0.08% 0
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 4,530 0.06% 0
Totals 7,161,830 100.0% 41

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  2. ^ R. W. Apple, Jr. (1971-01-18). "McGovern Enters '72 Race, Pledging Troop Withdrawal" (fee required). The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 2013-07-09.