1972 United States presidential election in Iowa

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1972 United States presidential election in Iowa
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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 8 0
Popular vote 706,207 496,206
Percentage 57.61% 40.48%

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County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in Iowa took place on November 7, 1972. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Iowa voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Iowa was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Richard Nixon of California and his running mate Vice President Spiro Agnew of Maryland. Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic nominees, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and his running mate U.S. Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland.

Nixon carried Iowa with 57.61 percent of the vote to McGovern's 40.48 percent, a victory margin of 17.13 percent. This would be the last time until Donald Trump in 2016 when a Republican presidential candidate won Wapello County and Des Moines County.[1]

Statewide results[edit]

1972 United States presidential election in Iowa[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon 706,207 57.61%
Democratic George McGovern 496,206 40.48%
American Independent John G. Schmitz 22,056 1.80%
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 448 0.04%
Independent Write-In's 321 0.03%
Communist Gus Hall 272 0.02%
Independent Gabriel Green 199 0.02%
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 195 0.02%
Total votes 1,225,944 100%

Results by county[edit]

County[3] Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
George Stanley McGovern
Democratic
John George Schmitz
American Independent
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
# % # % # % # % # %
Adair 3,041 63.59% 1,642 34.34% 95 1.99% 4 0.08% 1,399 29.26% 4,782
Adams 1,814 59.57% 1,161 38.13% 70 2.30% 0 0.00% 653 21.44% 3,045
Allamakee 4,150 63.24% 2,271 34.61% 135 2.06% 6 0.09% 1,879 28.63% 6,562
Appanoose 4,321 64.04% 2,283 33.84% 137 2.03% 6 0.09% 2,038 30.21% 6,747
Audubon 2,515 61.61% 1,533 37.56% 32 0.78% 2 0.05% 982 24.06% 4,082
Benton 5,273 54.09% 4,282 43.92% 183 1.88% 11 0.11% 991 10.17% 9,749
Black Hawk 30,929 57.51% 21,721 40.39% 1,022 1.90% 110 0.20% 9,208 17.12% 53,782
Boone 6,271 54.29% 5,057 43.78% 214 1.85% 9 0.08% 1,214 10.51% 11,551
Bremer 6,333 65.89% 3,122 32.48% 150 1.56% 6 0.06% 3,211 33.41% 9,611
Buchanan 5,277 58.32% 3,609 39.89% 143 1.58% 19 0.21% 1,668 18.44% 9,048
Buena Vista 5,685 61.25% 3,460 37.28% 133 1.43% 3 0.03% 2,225 23.97% 9,281
Butler 4,615 71.82% 1,682 26.17% 126 1.96% 3 0.05% 2,933 45.64% 6,426
Calhoun 3,821 60.00% 2,446 38.41% 98 1.54% 3 0.05% 1,375 21.59% 6,368
Carroll 4,415 47.55% 4,608 49.63% 254 2.74% 8 0.09% -193 -2.08% 9,285
Cass 5,234 72.06% 1,923 26.48% 97 1.34% 9 0.12% 3,311 45.59% 7,263
Cedar 4,452 63.39% 2,465 35.10% 98 1.40% 8 0.11% 1,987 28.29% 7,023
Cerro Gordo 11,856 54.65% 9,460 43.61% 358 1.65% 19 0.09% 2,396 11.05% 21,693
Cherokee 4,726 62.23% 2,780 36.61% 78 1.03% 10 0.13% 1,946 25.63% 7,594
Chickasaw 3,836 54.57% 3,134 44.58% 59 0.84% 1 0.01% 702 9.99% 7,030
Clarke 2,214 56.75% 1,590 40.76% 97 2.49% 0 0.00% 624 16.00% 3,901
Clay 4,564 59.30% 2,887 37.51% 235 3.05% 10 0.13% 1,677 21.79% 7,696
Clayton 5,447 60.20% 3,366 37.20% 218 2.41% 17 0.19% 2,081 23.00% 9,048
Clinton 12,768 55.60% 9,895 43.09% 275 1.20% 26 0.11% 2,873 12.51% 22,964
Crawford 4,493 58.60% 3,018 39.36% 145 1.89% 11 0.14% 1,475 19.24% 7,667
Dallas 6,143 53.72% 5,085 44.46% 192 1.68% 16 0.14% 1,058 9.25% 11,436
Davis 2,287 54.61% 1,806 43.12% 94 2.24% 1 0.02% 481 11.49% 4,188
Decatur 2,638 57.44% 1,880 40.93% 67 1.46% 8 0.17% 758 16.50% 4,593
Delaware 4,848 61.21% 2,944 37.17% 120 1.52% 8 0.10% 1,904 24.04% 7,920
Des Moines 10,216 52.77% 8,869 45.82% 258 1.33% 15 0.08% 1,347 6.96% 19,358
Dickinson 3,739 58.60% 2,373 37.19% 259 4.06% 10 0.16% 1,366 21.41% 6,381
Dubuque 17,272 47.29% 18,417 50.43% 806 2.21% 26 0.07% -1,145 -3.14% 36,521
Emmet 3,436 62.92% 1,970 36.07% 53 0.97% 2 0.04% 1,466 26.84% 5,461
Fayette 7,263 60.83% 4,413 36.96% 247 2.07% 17 0.14% 2,850 23.87% 11,940
Floyd 4,726 57.69% 3,338 40.75% 121 1.48% 7 0.09% 1,388 16.94% 8,192
Franklin 3,643 62.96% 1,986 34.32% 153 2.64% 4 0.07% 1,657 28.64% 5,786
Fremont 2,642 67.62% 1,210 30.97% 51 1.31% 4 0.10% 1,432 36.65% 3,907
Greene 3,371 59.35% 2,152 37.89% 154 2.71% 3 0.05% 1,219 21.46% 5,680
Grundy 4,706 71.03% 1,844 27.83% 70 1.06% 5 0.08% 2,862 43.20% 6,625
Guthrie 3,655 60.69% 2,258 37.50% 108 1.79% 1 0.02% 1,397 23.20% 6,022
Hamilton 4,803 60.87% 2,913 36.92% 170 2.15% 4 0.05% 1,890 23.95% 7,890
Hancock 3,706 60.47% 2,349 38.33% 71 1.16% 3 0.05% 1,357 22.14% 6,129
Hardin 5,869 61.42% 3,516 36.79% 160 1.67% 11 0.12% 2,353 24.62% 9,556
Harrison 4,721 65.83% 2,369 33.04% 71 0.99% 10 0.14% 2,352 32.80% 7,171
Henry 5,066 64.26% 2,721 34.51% 94 1.19% 3 0.04% 2,345 29.74% 7,884
Howard 2,980 54.37% 2,439 44.50% 59 1.08% 3 0.05% 541 9.87% 5,481
Humboldt 3,622 62.53% 2,062 35.60% 105 1.81% 3 0.05% 1,560 26.93% 5,792
Ida 2,819 64.67% 1,490 34.18% 50 1.15% 0 0.00% 1,329 30.49% 4,359
Iowa 4,202 60.34% 2,578 37.02% 179 2.57% 5 0.07% 1,624 23.32% 6,964
Jackson 4,975 55.75% 3,704 41.51% 237 2.66% 8 0.09% 1,271 14.24% 8,924
Jasper 9,133 55.31% 7,007 42.43% 364 2.20% 9 0.05% 2,126 12.87% 16,513
Jefferson 4,628 64.83% 2,362 33.09% 144 2.02% 5 0.07% 2,266 31.74% 7,139
Johnson 14,823 40.91% 20,922 57.74% 372 1.03% 119 0.33% -6,099 -16.83% 36,236
Jones 4,962 58.23% 3,468 40.70% 88 1.03% 3 0.04% 1,494 17.53% 8,521
Keokuk 3,831 58.35% 2,619 39.89% 106 1.61% 9 0.14% 1,212 18.46% 6,565
Kossuth 5,841 56.39% 4,393 42.41% 121 1.17% 3 0.03% 1,448 13.98% 10,358
Lee 9,748 55.33% 7,510 42.63% 345 1.96% 15 0.09% 2,238 12.70% 17,618
Linn 36,503 52.78% 31,370 45.36% 1,187 1.72% 100 0.14% 5,133 7.42% 69,160
Louisa 2,806 61.31% 1,707 37.30% 63 1.38% 1 0.02% 1,099 24.01% 4,577
Lucas 2,851 60.79% 1,759 37.51% 78 1.66% 2 0.04% 1,092 23.28% 4,690
Lyon 3,788 72.12% 1,407 26.79% 52 0.99% 5 0.10% 2,381 45.34% 5,252
Madison 3,480 59.35% 2,234 38.10% 148 2.52% 2 0.03% 1,246 21.25% 5,864
Mahaska 6,374 63.82% 3,382 33.86% 220 2.20% 12 0.12% 2,992 29.96% 9,988
Marion 6,583 57.09% 4,643 40.27% 290 2.51% 15 0.13% 1,940 16.82% 11,531
Marshall 10,798 60.85% 6,618 37.30% 304 1.71% 24 0.14% 4,180 23.56% 17,744
Mills 3,531 74.94% 1,060 22.50% 114 2.42% 7 0.15% 2,471 52.44% 4,712
Mitchell 3,395 57.44% 2,449 41.43% 66 1.12% 1 0.02% 946 16.00% 5,911
Monona 3,237 58.91% 2,189 39.84% 66 1.20% 3 0.05% 1,048 19.07% 5,495
Monroe 2,357 56.73% 1,736 41.78% 58 1.40% 4 0.10% 621 14.95% 4,155
Montgomery 4,391 72.69% 1,559 25.81% 88 1.46% 3 0.05% 2,832 46.88% 6,041
Muscatine 8,436 61.84% 4,917 36.04% 270 1.98% 19 0.14% 3,519 25.80% 13,642
O'Brien 5,159 68.87% 2,224 29.69% 102 1.36% 6 0.08% 2,935 39.18% 7,491
Osceola 2,262 62.56% 1,317 36.42% 36 1.00% 1 0.03% 945 26.13% 3,616
Page 6,200 76.43% 1,790 22.07% 114 1.41% 8 0.10% 4,410 54.36% 8,112
Palo Alto 3,141 51.78% 2,845 46.90% 75 1.24% 5 0.08% 296 4.88% 6,066
Plymouth 6,339 60.57% 4,033 38.53% 92 0.88% 2 0.02% 2,306 22.03% 10,466
Pocahontas 3,138 57.19% 2,241 40.84% 102 1.86% 6 0.11% 897 16.35% 5,487
Polk 70,245 52.95% 59,169 44.60% 2,988 2.25% 257 0.19% 11,076 8.35% 132,659
Pottawattamie 19,722 69.32% 8,074 28.38% 628 2.21% 26 0.09% 11,648 40.94% 28,450
Poweshiek 4,785 55.33% 3,718 42.99% 134 1.55% 11 0.13% 1,067 12.34% 8,648
Ringgold 2,264 68.54% 1,003 30.37% 34 1.03% 2 0.06% 1,261 38.18% 3,303
Sac 4,017 61.41% 2,452 37.49% 67 1.02% 5 0.08% 1,565 23.93% 6,541
Scott 34,135 57.41% 23,810 40.05% 1,440 2.42% 70 0.12% 10,325 17.37% 59,455
Shelby 4,052 62.93% 2,259 35.08% 117 1.82% 11 0.17% 1,793 27.85% 6,439
Sioux 10,721 78.27% 2,867 20.93% 82 0.60% 27 0.20% 7,854 57.34% 13,697
Story 16,617 53.56% 13,972 45.03% 377 1.22% 59 0.19% 2,645 8.53% 31,025
Tama 5,058 56.96% 3,693 41.59% 117 1.32% 12 0.14% 1,365 15.37% 8,880
Taylor 3,042 70.16% 1,247 28.76% 46 1.06% 1 0.02% 1,795 41.40% 4,336
Union 3,734 62.47% 2,112 35.34% 123 2.06% 8 0.13% 1,622 27.14% 5,977
Van Buren 2,272 63.18% 1,268 35.26% 55 1.53% 1 0.03% 1,004 27.92% 3,596
Wapello 9,301 51.19% 8,348 45.94% 490 2.70% 32 0.18% 953 5.24% 18,171
Warren 7,332 57.26% 5,143 40.17% 320 2.50% 9 0.07% 2,189 17.10% 12,804
Washington 5,187 64.12% 2,784 34.42% 116 1.43% 2 0.02% 2,403 29.71% 8,089
Wayne 2,681 62.00% 1,574 36.40% 69 1.60% 0 0.00% 1,107 25.60% 4,324
Webster 11,133 55.96% 8,358 42.01% 385 1.94% 17 0.09% 2,775 13.95% 19,893
Winnebago 4,300 64.48% 2,324 34.85% 41 0.61% 4 0.06% 1,976 29.63% 6,669
Winneshiek 5,877 56.23% 4,401 42.11% 165 1.58% 9 0.09% 1,476 14.12% 10,452
Woodbury 23,757 57.34% 16,974 40.97% 662 1.60% 37 0.09% 6,783 16.37% 41,430
Worth 2,564 55.31% 2,034 43.87% 36 0.78% 2 0.04% 530 11.43% 4,636
Wright 4,278 59.73% 2,780 38.82% 98 1.37% 6 0.08% 1,498 20.92% 7,162
Totals 706,207 57.61% 496,206 40.48% 22,056 1.80% 1,475 0.12% 210,001 17.13% 1,225,944

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. ^ David Leip. "1972 Presidential General Election Results – Iowa". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  3. ^ "IA US President Race, November 07, 1972". Our Campaigns.