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United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1972


United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1972

United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1972

November 7, 1972

Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 898,269 802,346
Percentage 51.58% 46.07%

County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1972 United States presidential election in Minnesota took place on November 7, 1972 in Minnesota as part of the 1972 United States presidential election.

The South Dakota by a margin of 95,923 votes, or 5.07%. Nixon went on to win the election nationally, by a landslide margin of 23.15% of the popular vote. McGovern carried only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

The 1972 election was the last time Minnesota—historically a state which favored Republicans—was carried by a Republican. During Nixon's second term as President, the Watergate scandal resulted in the loss of the Republican Party's credibility both nationally and in Minnesota. The damage caused by Watergate was so pronounced that the Republican Party of Minnesota was forced to rebrand itself as the "Independent-Republican Party" from 1975 to 1995, in order to distance itself from the national Republican Party.


United States presidential election in Minnesota, 1972[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon (incumbent) 898,269 51.58% 10
Democratic George McGovern 802,346 46.07% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz 31,407 1.80% 0
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 4,261 0.24% 0
People's Benjamin Spock 2,805 0.16% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 962 0.06% 0
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 940 0.05% 0
Communist Gus Hall 662 0.04% 0
Invalid or blank votes
Totals 1,978,590 100.00% 10
Voter turnout 77%


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