1972 United States presidential election in Maryland

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All 10 Maryland electoral votes to the Electoral College
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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 10 0
Popular vote 829,305 505,781
Percentage 61.3% 37.4%

The United States presidential election in Maryland, 1972 was held on November 7, 1972. Both the Democratic and Republican (Sargent Shriver and Spiro Agnew, respectively) Vice Presidential nominees were from Maryland.

Incumbent President Richard Nixon of California and Vice President Agnew of Maryland won the state, winning 61.26 percent of the vote to George McGovern and Shriver's 37.36 percent. Nixon won every county-equivalent in the state except Baltimore City. He won over 77 percent of the vote in Carroll County, and over 70 percent in nine counties overall. This is the last time Prince George's County has voted Republican in a presidential election,[1] and the last of only six occasions[a] since the emergence of the Republican Party that Maryland has voted more Republican than the nation as a whole.[2]

Of his three presidential campaigns, this is the only time in which Nixon carried the home state of his running mate. Nixon failed to carry Maryland in 1968 and in 1960 did not carry Massachusetts the home state of his then running mate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Maryland, 1972[3]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon Spiro Agnew 829,305 61.26% 10
Democratic George McGovern Sargent Shriver 505,781 37.36% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz Thomas J. Anderson 18,726 1.38% 0

By county[edit]

County Nixon% Nixon# McGovern% McGovern# Schmitz% Schmitz# Total
Allegany 64.55% 20,687 33.72% 10,808 1.73% 553 31,495
Anne Arundel 72.26% 71,707 26.28% 26,082 1.46% 1,450 97,789
Baltimore 70.30% 175,897 28.10% 70,309 1.61% 4,018 246,206
Calvert 63.43% 4,024 35.18% 2,232 1.39% 88 6,256
Caroline 72.71% 4,325 26.34% 1,567 0.94% 56 5,892
Carroll 77.25% 16,847 20.21% 4,408 2.54% 553 21,255
Cecil 70.82% 10,759 27.08% 4,113 2.10% 319 14,872
Charles 67.34% 9,665 31.37% 4,502 1.30% 186 14,167
Dorchester 74.97% 6,859 23.35% 2,136 1.68% 154 8,995
Frederick 69.48% 19,907 28.74% 8,235 1.78% 509 28,142
Garrett 76.60% 5,480 21.11% 1,510 2.29% 164 6,990
Harford 73.16% 25,141 25.42% 8,737 1.42% 488 33,878
Howard 63.55% 19,265 35.19% 10,668 1.26% 383 29,933
Kent 64.36% 4,036 34.57% 2,168 1.07% 67 6,204
Montgomery 56.50% 133,090 42.55% 100,228 0.95% 2,239 233,318
Prince George's 58.55% 116,166 40.28% 79,914 1.17% 2,330 196,080
Queen Anne's 70.45% 4,380 27.54% 1,712 2.01% 125 6,092
Saint Mary's 67.55% 7,689 31.37% 3,571 1.07% 122 11,260
Somerset 67.33% 4,342 31.57% 2,036 1.10% 71 6,378
Talbot 74.73% 6,620 24.62% 2,181 0.65% 58 8,801
Washington 69.27% 24,234 28.70% 10,039 2.04% 712 34,273
Wicomico 69.71% 13,115 29.29% 5,510 1.01% 190 18,625
Worcester 75.22% 5,584 24.14% 1,792 0.65% 48 7,376
Baltimore City 45.15% 119,486 53.40% 141,323 1.45% 3,843 260,809

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ Counting the Votes; Maryland
  3. ^ Maryland Manual 1969–1970. The Hall of Records Commission of the State of Maryland. p. 473. Retrieved May 12, 2019.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The other five are 1896 under William Jennings Bryan's "cross of gold" opposed by Northeastern industrialists, and the four elections from 1944 to 1956