United States presidential election in Arizona, 1972

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United States presidential election in Arizona, 1972

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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 6 0
Popular vote 402,812 198,540
Percentage 61.6% 30.4%

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County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in Arizona took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Arizona voters chose six[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Arizona was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), with 61.64% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (DSouth Dakota), with 30.38% of the popular vote.[3][4] Linda Jenness and John G. Schmitz, the only other candidates on the ballot, combined for just over 52,000 votes and over seven percent of Arizona’s popular vote. Even in a huge landslide, this result left Arizona seven percentage points more Republican than the nation at-large.

In a state that would reflect McGovern’s national results,[5][6] the Democratic nominee won only one county in Arizona: heavily unionized Greenlee County, where no Republican had won before this nor would win until George W. Bush in 2000.[7]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Arizona, 1972
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon (inc.) 402,812 61.64%
Democratic George McGovern 198,540 30.38%
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 30,945 4.74%
American Independent John G. Schmitz 21,208 3.25%
Total votes 653,505 100%

Results by county[edit]

County Nixon# Nixon% McGovern# McGovern% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Apache 3,394 50.28% 3,145 46.59% 211 3.13% 6,750
Cochise 11,706 63.97% 6,023 32.91% 570 3.11% 18,299
Coconino 10,611 61.02% 6,250 35.94% 528 3.04% 17,389
Gila 5,673 54.70% 4,295 41.41% 404 3.90% 10,372
Graham 3,575 60.15% 1,863 31.35% 505 8.50% 5,943
Greenlee 1,758 45.57% 2,013 52.18% 87 2.26% 3,858
Maricopa 244,593 69.29% 95,135 26.95% 13,272 3.76% 353,000
Mohave 6,755 68.92% 2,588 26.41% 458 4.67% 9,801
Navajo 6,999 60.48% 4,003 34.59% 570 4.93% 11,572
Pima 73,154 45.41% 56,223 34.90% 31,733 19.70% 161,110
Pinal 10,584 60.28% 6,404 36.47% 571 3.25% 17,559
Santa Cruz 2,137 52.39% 1,866 45.75% 76 1.86% 4,079
Yavapai 12,277 65.77% 3,977 21.30% 2,413 12.93% 18,667
Yuma 9,596 63.52% 4,755 31.48% 755 5.00% 15,106
Totals 402,812 61.64% 198,540 30.38% 51,513 7.98% 653,505

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1972 - Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "1972 Election for the Forty-Seventh Term (1973-77)". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results - Arizona". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Presidency Project – Election of 1972". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "1972 Presidential Election - 270toWin.com". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "1972 Election - Voting America". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Menendez Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, p. 121 ISBN 0786422173