1972 United States presidential election in Michigan

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

1972 United States presidential election in Michigan

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All 21 Michigan votes to the Electoral College
Turnout59.4% Decrease [2]
  Richard M. Nixon, ca. 1935 - 1982 - NARA - 530679.jpg GeorgeMcGovern.png
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%

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Results by county

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

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.

ResultsEdit

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 countyEdit

County Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
George Stanley McGovern
Democratic
John George Schmitz
American Independent
Louis Fisher
Socialist Labor
Linda Jenness
Socialist Workers
Gus Hall
Communist
Various candidates
Write-ins
Total votes cast[6]
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Alcona 2,434 65.91% 1,195 32.36% 63 1.71% 1 0.03% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 3,693
Alger 2,035 52.48% 1,803 46.49% 35 0.90% 1 0.03% 2 0.05% 2 0.05% 3,878
Allegan 18,407 68.47% 7,883 29.32% 554 2.06% 18 0.07% 4 0.01% 7 0.03% 11 0.04% 26,884
Alpena 6,413 54.67% 5,104 43.51% 204 1.74% 6 0.05% 1 0.01% 3 0.03% 11,731
Antrim 4,068 64.77% 2,000 31.84% 200 3.18% 5 0.08% 2 0.03% 5 0.08% 1 0.02% 6,281
Arenac 2,588 57.43% 1,829 40.59% 85 1.89% 2 0.04% 1 0.02% 1 0.02% 4,506
Baraga 1,905 54.93% 1,517 43.74% 38 1.10% 6 0.17% 2 0.06% 0 0.00% 3,468
Barry 10,393 64.02% 5,484 33.78% 340 2.09% 7 0.04% 2 0.01% 3 0.02% 4 0.02% 16,233
Bay 23,094 50.08% 21,712 47.08% 1,254 2.72% 31 0.07% 14 0.03% 13 0.03% 46,118
Benzie 2,686 66.26% 1,310 32.31% 55 1.36% 2 0.05% 1 0.02% 0 0.00% 4,054
Berrien 43,047 68.26% 18,597 29.49% 1,333 2.11% 34 0.05% 21 0.03% 19 0.03% 9 0.01% 63,060
Branch 8,388 62.01% 4,887 36.13% 215 1.59% 18 0.13% 6 0.04% 7 0.05% 5 0.04% 13,526
Calhoun 32,531 58.27% 22,154 39.68% 1,002 1.79% 59 0.11% 52 0.09% 30 0.05% 55,828
Cass 10,398 66.31% 4,982 31.77% 286 1.82% 6 0.04% 2 0.01% 5 0.03% 2 0.01% 15,681
Charlevoix 4,522 59.04% 2,831 36.96% 301 3.93% 4 0.05% 1 0.01% 0 0.00% 7,659
Cheboygan 4,529 59.11% 2,985 38.96% 142 1.85% 1 0.01% 4 0.05% 1 0.01% 7,662
Chippewa 7,028 59.03% 4,744 39.85% 132 1.11% 1 0.01% 1 0.01% 0 0.00% 11,906
Clare 4,402 62.99% 2,434 34.83% 144 2.06% 1 0.01% 3 0.04% 2 0.03% 2 0.03% 6,988
Clinton 13,438 68.38% 5,870 29.87% 322 1.64% 11 0.06% 5 0.03% 2 0.01% 5 0.03% 19,653
Crawford 1,953 61.98% 1,143 36.27% 50 1.59% 4 0.13% 1 0.03% 0 0.00% 3,151
Delta 7,647 48.14% 8,003 50.38% 220 1.38% 10 0.06% 2 0.01% 4 0.03% 15,886
Dickinson 5,989 51.12% 5,339 45.57% 378 3.23% 6 0.05% 1 0.01% 2 0.02% 11,715
Eaton 20,413 68.47% 8,986 30.14% 386 1.29% 10 0.03% 11 0.04% 5 0.02% 29,811
Emmet 5,288 61.91% 3,081 36.07% 163 1.91% 4 0.05% 1 0.01% 4 0.05% 8,541
Genesee 85,747 52.78% 73,896 45.49% 2,602 1.60% 73 0.04% 72 0.04% 59 0.04% 162,449
Gladwin 3,484 61.94% 2,016 35.84% 123 2.19% 1 0.02% 1 0.02% 0 0.00% 5,625
Gogebic 5,631 52.26% 4,984 46.25% 151 1.40% 6 0.06% 3 0.03% 1 0.01% 10,776
Grand Traverse 11,421 64.81% 5,810 32.97% 372 2.11% 6 0.03% 6 0.03% 6 0.03% 17,621
Gratiot 9,904 68.41% 4,370 30.18% 184 1.27% 8 0.06% 5 0.03% 7 0.05% 14,478
Hillsdale 9,261 68.64% 3,942 29.22% 276 2.05% 4 0.03% 1 0.01% 8 0.06% 13,492
Houghton 9,053 58.07% 6,402 41.06% 131 0.84% 1 0.01% 3 0.02% 0 0.00% 15,590
Huron 9,832 67.36% 4,456 30.53% 292 2.00% 6 0.04% 7 0.05% 2 0.01% 1 0.01% 14,596
Ingham 63,376 53.60% 53,458 45.21% 1,079 0.91% 118 0.10% 110 0.09% 41 0.03% 61 0.05% 118,243
Ionia 10,898 62.57% 6,240 35.83% 255 1.46% 7 0.04% 4 0.02% 8 0.05% 4 0.02% 17,416
Iosco 5,750 64.10% 3,065 34.17% 150 1.67% 2 0.02% 3 0.03% 1 0.01% 8,971
Iron 3,630 49.21% 3,512 47.61% 229 3.10% 3 0.04% 1 0.01% 1 0.01% 7,376
Isabella 9,682 55.47% 7,446 42.66% 248 1.42% 22 0.13% 35 0.20% 10 0.06% 11 0.06% 17,454
Jackson 34,220 62.33% 19,350 35.24% 1,254 2.28% 32 0.06% 18 0.03% 17 0.03% 12 0.02% 54,903
Kalamazoo 50,405 58.77% 33,324 38.85% 1,819 2.12% 81 0.09% 48 0.06% 33 0.04% 60 0.07% 85,770
Kalkaska 1,855 64.39% 924 32.07% 100 3.47% 2 0.07% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 2,881
Kent 104,041 59.30% 67,587 38.52% 3,563 2.03% 134 0.08% 55 0.03% 61 0.03% 20 0.01% 175,461
Keweenaw 715 60.49% 456 38.58% 9 0.76% 1 0.08% 1 0.08% 0 0.00% 1,182
Lake 1,532 48.93% 1,548 49.44% 47 1.50% 1 0.03% 1 0.03% 2 0.06% 3,131
Lapeer 11,615 66.02% 5,531 31.44% 421 2.39% 7 0.04% 2 0.01% 9 0.05% 7 0.04% 17,592
Leelanau 3,809 65.82% 1,855 32.05% 118 2.04% 3 0.05% 1 0.02% 1 0.02% 5,787
Lenawee 19,125 62.39% 11,018 35.94% 473 1.54% 14 0.05% 13 0.04% 4 0.01% 7 0.02% 30,654
Livingston 16,856 66.85% 7,634 30.28% 694 2.75% 15 0.06% 8 0.03% 3 0.01% 5 0.02% 25,215
Luce 1,579 63.49% 862 34.66% 46 1.85% 0.00% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 2,487
Mackinac 3,096 60.66% 1,937 37.95% 64 1.25% 4 0.08% 1 0.02% 2 0.04% 5,104
Macomb 147,777 62.67% 82,346 34.92% 5,286 2.24% 180 0.08% 92 0.04% 65 0.03% 47 0.02% 235,793
Manistee 5,070 57.20% 3,625 40.90% 160 1.81% 4 0.05% 2 0.02% 2 0.02% 8,863
Marquette 13,249 52.67% 11,555 45.93% 329 1.31% 10 0.04% 7 0.03% 7 0.03% 25,157
Mason 6,811 63.57% 3,697 34.50% 173 1.61% 9 0.08% 10 0.09% 3 0.03% 12 0.11% 10,715
Mecosta 7,158 64.29% 3,799 34.12% 157 1.41% 11 0.10% 3 0.03% 6 0.05% 11,134
Menominee 6,060 55.19% 4,657 42.41% 260 2.37% 2 0.02% 1 0.01% 1 0.01% 10,981
Midland 16,473 61.38% 9,504 35.42% 809 3.01% 16 0.06% 13 0.05% 10 0.04% 11 0.04% 26,836
Missaukee 2,647 71.79% 924 25.06% 110 2.98% 2 0.05% 1 0.03% 1 0.03% 2 0.05% 3,687
Monroe 23,263 54.76% 17,726 41.73% 1,431 3.37% 23 0.05% 12 0.03% 10 0.02% 14 0.03% 42,479
Montcalm 9,591 61.97% 5,602 36.19% 270 1.74% 6 0.04% 7 0.05% 1 0.01% 1 0.01% 15,478
Montmorency 1,798 64.49% 914 32.78% 74 2.65% 1 0.04% 1 0.04% 0 0.00% 2,788
Muskegon 36,428 59.60% 22,804 37.31% 1,756 2.87% 71 0.12% 32 0.05% 18 0.03% 16 0.03% 61,125
Newaygo 8,245 65.62% 3,978 31.66% 324 2.58% 11 0.09% 3 0.02% 4 0.03% 12,565
Oakland 241,613 63.78% 129,400 34.16% 7,088 1.87% 318 0.08% 134 0.04% 87 0.02% 211 0.06% 378,851
Oceana 4,992 64.20% 2,525 32.47% 253 3.25% 1 0.01% 4 0.05% 1 0.01% 7,776
Ogemaw 3,367 60.77% 2,056 37.11% 112 2.02% 3 0.05% 3 0.05% 0 0.00% 5,541
Ontonagon 3,040 57.51% 2,140 40.48% 105 1.99% 1 0.02% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 5,286
Osceola 4,441 69.95% 1,706 26.87% 184 2.90% 7 0.11% 4 0.06% 3 0.05% 4 0.06% 6,349
Oscoda 1,561 67.61% 678 29.36% 67 2.90% 2 0.09% 1 0.04% 0 0.00% 2,309
Otsego 2,854 58.93% 1,912 39.48% 69 1.42% 1 0.02% 2 0.04% 5 0.10% 4,843
Ottawa 42,169 71.99% 15,119 25.81% 1,201 2.05% 41 0.07% 16 0.03% 13 0.02% 17 0.03% 58,576
Presque Isle 3,372 56.23% 2,440 40.69% 184 3.07% 1 0.02% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 5,997
Roscommon 4,136 64.17% 2,187 33.93% 114 1.77% 2 0.03% 5 0.08% 1 0.02% 6,445
Saginaw 47,920 61.03% 29,424 37.47% 1,068 1.36% 46 0.06% 35 0.04% 28 0.04% 78,521
Sanilac 11,031 72.93% 3,780 24.99% 302 2.00% 4 0.03% 2 0.01% 5 0.03% 1 0.01% 15,125
Schoolcraft 2,310 56.01% 1,759 42.65% 53 1.29% 1 0.02% 1 0.02% 0 0.00% 4,124
Shiawassee 15,489 61.62% 8,932 35.53% 689 2.74% 13 0.05% 6 0.02% 7 0.03% 25,136
St. Clair 28,471 63.05% 15,712 34.79% 925 2.05% 17 0.04% 18 0.04% 16 0.04% 45,159
St. Joseph 12,438 69.15% 5,119 28.46% 418 2.32% 5 0.03% 3 0.02% 5 0.03% 17,988
Tuscola 12,198 67.96% 5,449 30.36% 280 1.56% 6 0.03% 2 0.01% 12 0.07% 2 0.01% 17,949
Van Buren 13,903 64.57% 7,159 33.25% 428 1.99% 15 0.07% 7 0.03% 8 0.04% 11 0.05% 21,531
Washtenaw 50,535 46.98% 55,350 51.45% 1,517 1.41% 54 0.05% 82 0.08% 37 0.03% 107,575
Wayne 435,877 45.08% 514,913 53.26% 14,294 1.48% 758 0.08% 569 0.06% 466 0.05% 966,877
Wexford 5,221 61.43% 3,048 35.86% 229 2.69% 1 0.01% 0 0.00% 0 0.00% 8,499
Totals 1,961,721 56.20% 1,459,435 41.81% 63,321 1.81% 2,437 0.07% 1,603 0.05% 1,210 0.03% 598 0.02% 3,490,325

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  6. ^ Our Campaigns; MI US President 1972