1972 United States presidential election in Michigan

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1972 United States presidential election in Michigan

← 1968 November 7, 1972[1] 1976 →
Turnout59.4% Decrease [2]
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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 21 0
Popular vote 1,961,721 1,459,435
Percentage 56.2% 41.8%

Michigan Presidential Election Results 1972.svg
Results by county

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in Michigan took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Michigan voters chose twenty-one[3] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Michigan was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), with 56.20% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (DSouth Dakota), with 41.81% of the popular vote.[4][5] John G. Schmitz was the only other candidate on the ballot, and, as the candidate for the American Independent Party, he received over 63,000 votes.

Delta, Lake, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties were the only four of Michigan's 83 counties to vote for McGovern. Washtenaw was one of only five counties outside of South Dakota (McGovern's home state) to vote for McGovern after voting for Richard Nixon in 1968.

Results[edit]

1972 United States presidential election in Michigan
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon (inc.) 1,961,721 56.20%
Democratic George McGovern 1,459,435 41.81%
American Independent John G. Schmitz 63,321 1.81%
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 2,437 0.07%
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 1,603 0.05%
Communist Gus Hall 1,210 0.03%
Write-in 598 0.02%
Total votes 3,490,325 100%

Results by county[edit]

County George McGovern
Democratic
Richard Nixon
Republican
John Schmitz
American Independent
Louis Fisher
Socialist Labor
Linda Jenness
Socialist Workers
Gus Hall
Communist
Others Total votes
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Alcona
Alger
Allegan
Alpena
Antrim
Arenac
Baraga
Barry
Bay
Benzie
Berrien
Branch
Calhoun
Cass
Charlevoix
Cheboygan
Chippewa
Clare
Clinton
Crawford
Delta
Dickinson
Eaton
Emmet
Genesee
Gladwin
Gogebic
Grand Traverse
Gratiot
Hillsdale
Houghton
Huron
Ingham
Ionia
Iosco
Iron
Isabella
Jackson
Kalamazoo
Kalkaska
Kent
Keweenaw
Lake
Lapeer
Leelanau
Lenawee
Livingston
Luce
Mackinac
Macomb
Manistee
Marquette
Mason
Mecosta
Menominee
Midland
Missaukee
Monroe
Montcalm
Montmorency
Muskegon
Newaygo
Oakland
Oceana
Ogemaw
Ontonagon
Osceola
Oscoda
Otsego
Ottawa
Presque Isle
Roscommon
Saginaw
Sanilac
Schoolcraft
Shiawassee
St. Clair
St. Joseph
Tuscola
Van Buren
Washtenaw
Wayne
Wexford
Totals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1972 - Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8722-29616--,00.html
  3. ^ "1972 Election for the Forty-Seventh Term (1973-77)". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results - Michigan". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "The American Presidency Project - Election of 1972". Retrieved January 8, 2017.