1972 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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1972 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Arthur A. Link Richard F. Larsen
Party Democratic-NPL Republican
Popular vote 143,899 138,032
Percentage 51.04% 48.96%

Governor before election

William L. Guy
Democratic-NPL

Elected Governor

Arthur A. Link
Democratic-NPL

The 1972 North Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1972. Democratic nominee Arthur A. Link defeated Republican nominee Richard F. Larsen with 51.04% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on September 5, 1972.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Arthur A. Link 29,979 93.07
Democratic-NPL Edward P. Burns 2,231 6.93
Total votes 32,210 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard F. Larsen 66,045 67.79
Republican Robert P. McCarney 31,377 32.21
Total votes 97,422 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Arthur A. Link, Democratic
  • Richard F. Larsen, Republican

Results[edit]

1972 North Dakota gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic-NPL Arthur A. Link 143,899 51.04%
Republican Richard F. Larsen 138,032 48.96%
Majority 5,867
Turnout 281,931
Democratic-NPL hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1972. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "General Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1972. Retrieved January 19, 2019.