United States presidential election in Alaska, 1972

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United States presidential election in Alaska, 1972

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Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern John G. Schmitz
Party Republican Democratic American Independent
Home state California South Dakota California
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver Thomas J. Anderson
Electoral vote 3 0 0
Popular vote 55,349 32,967 6,903
Percentage 58.1% 34.6% 7.2%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in Alaska took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Voters chose three representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Alaska was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (R-California) with 58.1% of the popular vote against George McGovern (D-South Dakota) with 34.6%.[1] Although Alaska has only voted Democratic once, in Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 landslide, during the state’s first four presidential elections Alaska was no more Republican than the nation at-large: indeed owing to a fairly strong third-party campaign Nixon won 2.57 percent less of the vote in Alaska that over the entire country, although McGovern received 2.88 percent less than his national share.[2] McGovern won small majorities in Yukon–Koyukuk and Bethel Census Areas, and the Democrats also received a plurality in North Slope Borough. Elsewhere, Nixon carried every borough and census area, with as typical the Republicans’ most dominant showings being in the relatively heavily populated areas around Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.[3]

Nixon ultimately won the national vote as well, defeating McGovern and winning re-election. Representative John G. Schmitz (R-California) ran under the American Independent Party ticket. His second strongest showing was in Alaska, but even here Schmitz failed to equal the success of George Wallace’s campaign in the previous election.[1]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Alaska, 1972[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon (incumbent) 55,349 58.1% 3
Democratic George McGovern 32,967 34.6% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz 6,903 7.2% 0
Totals 95,219 100.0% 3

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