1972 United States presidential election in Wisconsin

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1972 United States presidential election in Wisconsin

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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 11 0
Popular vote 989,430 810,174
Percentage 53.4% 43.7%

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County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1972 United States presidential election in Wisconsin was held on November 7, 1972 as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Incumbent President Richard Nixon won the state of Wisconsin with 53 percent of the vote, carrying the state’s eleven electoral votes,[1] although Wisconsin was the fifth most Democratic state during the election, voting 6.74 percent more Democratic than the nation as a whole. In no other election since the emergence of the Republican Party has Wisconsin voted so much more Democratic than the country as a whole.[2]

McGovern won seven counties (out of 131 county-equivalents including three in Alaska that he won nationally)[3] receiving as usual his highest vote in predominantly Native American Menominee County where he won 62.3 percent of the vote. McGovern and Shriver also achieved clear majorities in Milwaukee, Dane, Douglas and Portage Counties, and narrowly won Ashland County by one percent and Rusk County by 1.1 percent. Nixon won Manitowoc County by one hundred and ten votes, achieved pluralities in Pepin, Chippewa and Forest Counties, and won majorities in the remaining seventy-eight – the largest being in Waupaca County where Nixon won by forty-two percentage points.

Nixon became the first Republican since Warren Harding in 1920 to win Iron County, and was the last Republican until Donald Trump in 2016 to win Pepin and Kenosha Counties, and remains the last Republican to claim Bayfield County.[4]


1972 United States presidential election in Wisconsin[5]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 989,430 53.40% 11
Democratic George McGovern 810,174 43.72% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz 47,525 2.56% 0
People`s Benjamin Spock 2,701 0.15% 0
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 998 0.05% 0
Write-Ins 893 0.05% 0
Communist Party Gus Hall 663 0.04% 0
Socialist Workers Evelyn Reed 506 0.03% 0
Totals 2,272,838 100.0% 11


  1. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results – Wisconsin". Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Counting the Votes; Wisconsin
  3. ^ ‘1972 Presidential Election Statistics’
  4. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  5. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results in Wisconsin". Uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 19, 2015.