1972 United States presidential election in Mississippi

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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 7 0
Popular vote 505,125 126,782
Percentage 78.2% 19.6%

Mississippi presidential election results 1972.svg
County results
  Nixon—90-100%
  Nixon—80-90%
  Nixon—70-80%
  Nixon—60-70%
  Nixon—50-60%
  McGovern—50-60%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in Mississippi was held on November 7, 1972. Incumbent President Nixon won the state of Mississippi with 78.20 percent of the vote, his most overwhelming dominance in any of the fifty states, carrying the Magnolia State’s seven electoral votes.[1] Nixon defeated McGovern by a whopping margin of 58.57 points, a larger margin than McGovern’s in the District of Columbia, and a margin never equalled in any state since and exceeded by any Republican nominee in the party’s history only five times.[a]

McGovern carried only three counties – Claiborne, Holmes and Jefferson – all of which have overwhelming majority black populations. In archconservative, racially sensitive[2] Mississippi, McGovern was universally viewed as a left-wing extremist because of his support for busing and civil rights, plus his opposition to the Vietnam War, support for granting amnesty to draft dodgers[3] and support for a thousand-dollar giveaway to each American as a solution to poverty.[4] Many, especially Republican campaigners, also believed McGovern would legalise abortion and illicit drugs if he were elected[5] – despite the fact that his running mate Sargent Shriver was firmly pro-life.

Consequently, the proportion of white voters supporting McGovern was utterly negligible, and even the newly enfranchised and loyally Democratic African-American population did not accept McGovern’s radical ideas, with the result that for the second time in three elections one of the historically strongest members of the former Democratic Solid South became the most Republican state in the nation. Even in a huge landslide, Mississippi voted 34 percentage points more Republican than the nation at-large[6]. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which the following counties voted for a Republican presidential candidiate: Marshall, Quitman, Bolivar, Sharkey, Wilkinson, Humphreys, Coahoma, Noxubee, and Tunica.[7]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Mississippi, 1972[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon (incumbent) 505,125 78.20% 7
Democrat George McGovern 126,782 19.63% 0
Independent John Schmitz 11,598 1.80% 0
Independent Linda Jenness 2,458 0.38% 0
Totals 645,963 100.0% 7

Results by county[edit]

Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
George Stanley McGovern
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County # % # % # % # % #
Adams 8,500 67.16% 3,697 29.21% 460 3.63% 4,803 37.95% 12,657
Alcorn 5,732 83.28% 982 14.27% 169 2.46% 4,750 69.01% 6,883
Amite 2,846 68.94% 1,185 28.71% 97 2.35% 1,661 40.24% 4,128
Attala 4,738 79.50% 1,103 18.51% 119 2.00% 3,635 60.99% 5,960
Benton 1,483 66.35% 701 31.36% 51 2.28% 782 34.99% 2,235
Bolivar 7,397 66.12% 3,616 32.32% 174 1.56% 3,781 33.80% 11,187
Calhoun 3,023 90.37% 245 7.32% 77 2.30% 2,778 83.05% 3,345
Carroll 1,777 73.31% 580 23.93% 67 2.76% 1,197 49.38% 2,424
Chickasaw 3,753 84.66% 579 13.06% 101 2.28% 3,174 71.60% 4,433
Choctaw 2,301 86.57% 326 12.26% 31 1.17% 1,975 74.30% 2,658
Claiborne 1,521 41.76% 2,076 57.00% 45 1.24% -555 -15.24% 3,642
Clarke 4,561 81.56% 954 17.06% 77 1.38% 3,607 64.50% 5,592
Clay 4,035 71.39% 1,410 24.95% 207 3.66% 2,625 46.44% 5,652
Coahoma 6,602 61.56% 3,708 34.57% 415 3.87% 2,894 26.98% 10,725
Copiah 5,498 73.11% 1,803 23.98% 219 2.91% 3,695 49.14% 7,520
Covington 3,842 84.09% 642 14.05% 85 1.86% 3,200 70.04% 4,569
DeSoto 7,917 80.88% 1,557 15.91% 315 3.22% 6,360 64.97% 9,789
Forrest 14,418 80.56% 2,933 16.39% 547 3.06% 11,485 64.17% 17,898
Franklin 2,361 78.73% 561 18.71% 77 2.57% 1,800 60.02% 2,999
George 3,979 92.90% 270 6.30% 34 0.79% 3,709 86.60% 4,283
Greene 2,884 83.52% 513 14.86% 56 1.62% 2,371 68.66% 3,453
Grenada 4,800 75.09% 1,471 23.01% 121 1.89% 3,329 52.08% 6,392
Hancock 5,133 86.28% 745 12.52% 71 1.19% 4,388 73.76% 5,949
Harrison 28,962 84.02% 4,761 13.81% 747 2.17% 24,201 70.21% 34,470
Hinds 49,877 77.82% 12,679 19.78% 1,540 2.40% 37,198 58.03% 64,096
Holmes 3,158 47.23% 3,459 51.73% 69 1.03% -301 -4.50% 6,686
Humphreys 2,334 69.01% 892 26.37% 156 4.61% 1,442 42.64% 3,382
Issaquena 701 60.80% 395 34.26% 57 4.94% 306 26.54% 1,153
Itawamba 4,419 89.20% 509 10.27% 26 0.52% 3,910 78.93% 4,954
Jackson 22,204 88.68% 2,534 10.12% 300 1.20% 19,670 78.56% 25,038
Jasper 3,597 78.47% 935 20.40% 52 1.13% 2,662 58.07% 4,584
Jefferson 1,131 43.37% 1,457 55.87% 20 0.77% -326 -12.50% 2,608
Jefferson Davis 2,830 72.83% 1,005 25.86% 51 1.31% 1,825 46.96% 3,886
Jones 16,489 83.79% 2,790 14.18% 400 2.03% 13,699 69.61% 19,679
Kemper 2,748 75.25% 837 22.92% 67 1.83% 1,911 52.33% 3,652
Lafayette 5,391 76.89% 1,545 22.04% 75 1.07% 3,846 54.86% 7,011
Lamar 5,022 88.38% 493 8.68% 167 2.94% 4,529 79.71% 5,682
Lauderdale 18,337 81.79% 3,453 15.40% 630 2.81% 14,884 66.39% 22,420
Lawrence 3,394 81.70% 709 17.07% 51 1.23% 2,685 64.64% 4,154
Leake 4,217 79.13% 1,053 19.76% 59 1.11% 3,164 59.37% 5,329
Lee 10,730 82.60% 1,632 12.56% 629 4.84% 9,098 70.03% 12,991
Leflore 6,779 75.58% 2,038 22.72% 152 1.69% 4,741 52.86% 8,969
Lincoln 7,593 86.01% 1,070 12.12% 165 1.87% 6,523 73.89% 8,828
Lowndes 10,098 78.70% 2,398 18.69% 335 2.61% 7,700 60.01% 12,831
Madison 5,047 57.20% 3,464 39.26% 313 3.55% 1,583 17.94% 8,824
Marion 6,805 79.40% 1,693 19.75% 72 0.84% 5,112 59.65% 8,570
Marshall 3,326 62.10% 1,875 35.01% 155 2.89% 1,451 27.09% 5,356
Monroe 7,273 84.10% 1,279 14.79% 96 1.11% 5,994 69.31% 8,648
Montgomery 3,210 76.32% 925 21.99% 71 1.69% 2,285 54.33% 4,206
Neshoba 6,815 88.22% 812 10.51% 98 1.27% 6,003 77.71% 7,725
Newton 5,585 88.05% 597 9.41% 161 2.54% 4,988 78.64% 6,343
Noxubee 2,239 66.28% 1,052 31.14% 87 2.58% 1,187 35.14% 3,378
Oktibbeha 6,160 75.56% 1,880 23.06% 113 1.39% 4,280 52.50% 8,153
Panola 5,284 70.61% 2,091 27.94% 108 1.44% 3,193 42.67% 7,483
Pearl River 7,487 88.04% 901 10.60% 116 1.36% 6,586 77.45% 8,504
Perry 2,689 84.14% 446 13.95% 61 1.91% 2,243 70.18% 3,196
Pike 6,542 72.08% 2,332 25.69% 202 2.23% 4,210 46.39% 9,076
Pontotoc 4,476 89.45% 488 9.75% 40 0.80% 3,988 79.70% 5,004
Prentiss 4,607 91.12% 398 7.87% 51 1.01% 4,209 83.25% 5,056
Quitman 2,524 74.41% 790 23.29% 78 2.30% 1,734 51.12% 3,392
Rankin 12,187 85.19% 1,913 13.37% 205 1.43% 10,274 71.82% 14,305
Scott 5,244 79.95% 1,213 18.49% 102 1.56% 4,031 61.46% 6,559
Sharkey 1,426 67.94% 655 31.21% 18 0.86% 771 36.73% 2,099
Simpson 5,669 85.87% 871 13.19% 62 0.94% 4,798 72.67% 6,602
Smith 4,419 92.35% 329 6.88% 37 0.77% 4,090 85.48% 4,785
Stone 2,467 88.49% 293 10.51% 28 1.00% 2,174 77.98% 2,788
Sunflower 5,389 73.27% 1,874 25.48% 92 1.25% 3,515 47.79% 7,355
Tallahatchie 3,442 77.37% 835 18.77% 172 3.87% 2,607 58.60% 4,449
Tate 3,966 75.74% 1,151 21.98% 119 2.27% 2,815 53.76% 5,236
Tippah 3,937 85.87% 569 12.41% 79 1.72% 3,368 73.46% 4,585
Tishomingo 4,177 89.23% 443 9.46% 61 1.30% 3,734 79.77% 4,681
Tunica 1,446 62.19% 858 36.90% 21 0.90% 588 25.29% 2,325
Union 5,477 87.91% 658 10.56% 95 1.52% 4,819 77.35% 6,230
Walthall 3,110 79.66% 747 19.13% 47 1.20% 2,363 60.53% 3,904
Warren 10,420 71.97% 3,480 24.04% 578 3.99% 6,940 47.93% 14,478
Washington 9,634 63.78% 4,623 30.61% 847 5.61% 5,011 33.18% 15,104
Wayne 4,648 82.08% 975 17.22% 40 0.71% 3,673 64.86% 5,663
Webster 3,624 89.15% 403 9.91% 38 0.93% 3,221 79.24% 4,065
Wilkinson 1,608 52.65% 1,409 46.14% 37 1.21% 199 6.52% 3,054
Winston 5,155 78.64% 1,354 20.66% 46 0.70% 3,801 57.99% 6,555
Yalobusha 2,944 77.53% 797 20.99% 56 1.47% 2,147 56.54% 3,797
Yazoo 5,555 72.58% 2,008 26.23% 91 1.19% 3,547 46.34% 7,654
Totals 505,125 78.20% 126,782 19.63% 14,056 2.18% 378,343 58.57% 645,963

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1972 Presidential General Election Results - Mississippi". Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Grantham, Dewey W.; The South in Modern America: A Region at Odds; pp. 247-248 ISBN 1610753895
  3. ^ Perry, James Moorhead; Us and Them: How the Press Covered the 1972 Election, p. 136 ISBN 0517505525
  4. ^ Grantham, Dewey W.; The Life and Death of the Solid South: A Political History, p. 179 ISBN 0813148723
  5. ^ Davis, Lanny; Scandal: How "Gotcha" Politics Is Destroying America, pp. 65-66 ISBN 1466892803
  6. ^ "1972 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Barry Goldwater won Mississippi by 74.28 percentage points over Lyndon Johnson in 1964, William McKinley won Vermont by 63.42 percentage points over William Jennings Bryan in 1896, Calvin Coolidge won Vermont by 62.55 percentage points and Michigan by 62.24 percentage points over John W. Davis in 1924, and Warren G. Harding won North Dakota by 59.60 percentage points over James M. Cox in 1920.