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United States presidential election in Georgia, 1972

The 1972 United States presidential election in Georgia took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Georgia voters chose twelve[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

United States presidential election in Georgia, 1972

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  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 12 0
Popular vote 881,496 289,529
Percentage 75.0% 24.7%

United States presidential election in Georgia, 1972 results by county.svg
County Results

Nixon

  50–60%
  60–70%
  70–80%
  80–90%
  90-100%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

Georgia was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), with 75.04% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (DSouth Dakota), with 24.65% of the popular vote.[3][4] This made Georgia, even amidst a Republican landslide, 26 percent more Republican than the nation at-large and made it Nixon's second strongest state in the 1972 election[5]. Although Mississippi was to give Nixon an even larger margin, in the eleven subsequent presidential elections only one statewide result – Ronald Reagan’s victory in Utah in 1980 – has provided so large a margin. This is also the best showing in the state by a Republican presidential candidate. As not even Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan would win the state popular vote by 70 percentage points.

In the conservative South, McGovern was universally viewed as a left-wing extremist because of his support for busing and civil rights, plus his opposition to the Vietnam War, support for granting amnesty to draft dodgers[6] and support for a thousand-dollar giveaway to each American as a solution to poverty.[7] Many, especially Republican campaigners, also believed McGovern would legalise abortion and illicit drugs if he were elected[8] – despite the fact that his running mate Sargent Shriver was firmly pro-life.

In a state that would reflect McGovern’s national results,[9][10] the Democratic nominee did not win a single county in Georgia. Despite overwhelming Democratic dominance of the state for over a century, owing to the Republican leanings of several pro-Union North Georgia counties, chiefly Fannin but also Towns and Pickens, this was the first time any candidate had swept every Georgia county.[11]

The 1972 election constitutes the only time Fulton County[12] and Hancock County[13] have not voted Democrat since at least 1880. It is the last time the following counties have ever voted Republican: Calhoun, Clay, Macon, Stewart, Talbot, Taliafero, and Warren.[14]

ResultsEdit

United States presidential election in Georgia, 1972
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon (inc.) 881,496 75.04%
Democratic George McGovern 289,529 24.65%
Write–in 3,747 0.32%
Total votes 1,174,772 100%

Results by countyEdit

County Nixon# Nixon% McGovern# McGovern% Total votes cast
Appling 2,755 84.33% 512 15.67% 3,267
Atkinson 924 74.94% 309 25.06% 1,233
Bacon 1,771 90.22% 192 9.78% 1,963
Baker 965 73.66% 345 26.34% 1,310
Baldwin 4,826 77.08% 1,435 22.92% 6,261
Banks 1,336 78.96% 356 21.04% 1,692
Barrow 3,423 79.79% 867 20.21% 4,290
Bartow 4,836 75.26% 1,590 24.74% 6,426
Ben Hill 2,104 74.96% 703 25.04% 2,807
Berrien 2,285 86.03% 371 13.97% 2,656
Bibb 27,402 72.87% 10,201 27.13% 37,603
Bleckley 2,308 85.96% 377 14.04% 2,685
Brantley 1,587 82.44% 338 17.56% 1,925
Brooks 2,430 79.08% 643 20.92% 3,073
Bryan 1,409 84.27% 263 15.73% 1,672
Bulloch 5,683 78.85% 1,524 21.15% 7,207
Burke 2,846 72.90% 1,058 27.10% 3,904
Butts 1,968 73.02% 727 26.98% 2,695
Calhoun 892 64.31% 495 35.69% 1,387
Camden 2,380 75.97% 753 24.03% 3,133
Candler 1,427 85.71% 238 14.29% 1,665
Carroll 8,296 79.36% 2,158 20.64% 10,454
Catoosa 6,008 87.05% 894 12.95% 6,902
Charlton 1,244 80.05% 310 19.95% 1,554
Chatham 38,079 70.98% 15,566 29.02% 53,645
Chattahoochee 345 74.03% 121 25.97% 466
Chattooga 3,188 77.55% 923 22.45% 4,111
Cherokee 5,509 82.62% 1,159 17.38% 6,668
Clarke 11,465 65.31% 6,090 34.69% 17,555
Clay 632 69.07% 283 30.93% 915
Clayton 23,681 86.36% 3,740 13.64% 27,421
Clinch 1,127 82.50% 239 17.50% 1,366
Cobb 43,977 85.12% 7,688 14.88% 51,665
Coffee 3,934 86.63% 607 13.37% 4,541
Colquitt 6,900 88.12% 930 11.88% 7,830
Columbia 4,839 83.65% 946 16.35% 5,785
Cook 2,135 80.26% 525 19.74% 2,660
Coweta 5,751 78.66% 1,560 21.34% 7,311
Crawford 1,167 69.51% 512 30.49% 1,679
Crisp 3,623 84.16% 682 15.84% 4,305
Dade 2,110 93.45% 148 6.55% 2,258
Dawson 828 78.26% 230 21.74% 1,058
Decatur 4,292 78.21% 1,196 21.79% 5,488
DeKalb 104,750 77.35% 30,671 22.65% 135,421
Dodge 4,346 83.10% 884 16.90% 5,230
Dooly 1,904 76.34% 590 23.66% 2,494
Dougherty 12,878 78.03% 3,625 21.97% 16,503
Douglas 6,610 87.07% 982 12.93% 7,592
Early 2,396 82.37% 513 17.63% 2,909
Echols 404 85.59% 68 14.41% 472
Effingham 3,175 86.47% 497 13.53% 3,672
Elbert 2,875 76.48% 884 23.52% 3,759
Emanuel 3,684 80.09% 916 19.91% 4,600
Evans 1,666 81.63% 375 18.37% 2,041
Fannin 3,783 79.95% 949 20.05% 4,732
Fayette 3,401 88.31% 450 11.69% 3,851
Floyd 15,485 82.12% 3,372 17.88% 18,857
Forsyth 2,968 84.39% 549 15.61% 3,517
Franklin 2,022 82.30% 435 17.70% 2,457
Fulton 96,256 56.43% 74,329 43.57% 170,585
Gilmer 2,729 78.04% 768 21.96% 3,497
Glascock 578 93.38% 41 6.62% 619
Glynn 9,443 75.88% 3,002 24.12% 12,445
Gordon 4,344 83.31% 870 16.69% 5,214
Grady 3,732 81.02% 874 18.98% 4,606
Greene 1,679 64.63% 919 35.37% 2,598
Gwinnett 18,181 86.26% 2,896 13.74% 21,077
Habersham 971 84.95% 172 15.05% 1,143
Hall 10,686 81.41% 2,440 18.59% 13,126
Hancock 1,595 51.50% 1,502 48.50% 3,097
Haralson 3,460 81.85% 767 18.15% 4,227
Harris 2,617 78.87% 701 21.13% 3,318
Hart 2,308 74.64% 784 25.36% 3,092
Heard 1,239 81.78% 276 18.22% 1,515
Henry 5,155 77.93% 1,460 22.07% 6,615
Houston 13,576 84.16% 2,556 15.84% 16,132
Irwin 1,851 84.68% 335 15.32% 2,186
Jackson 4,124 79.63% 1,055 20.37% 5,179
Jasper 1,289 73.57% 463 26.43% 1,752
Jeff Davis 1,857 86.01% 302 13.99% 2,159
Jefferson 2,777 70.11% 1,184 29.89% 3,961
Jenkins 1,769 78.52% 484 21.48% 2,253
Johnson 2,201 84.07% 417 15.93% 2,618
Jones 2,483 74.25% 861 25.75% 3,344
Lamar 1,844 73.47% 666 26.53% 2,510
Lanier 850 81.50% 193 18.50% 1,043
Laurens 7,350 77.53% 2,130 22.47% 9,480
Lee 1,441 78.70% 390 21.30% 1,831
Liberty 2,337 65.76% 1,217 34.24% 3,554
Lincoln 1,246 78.56% 340 21.44% 1,586
Long 764 76.40% 236 23.60% 1,000
Lowndes 7,812 79.50% 2,015 20.50% 9,827
Lumpkin 1,477 79.32% 385 20.68% 1,862
McDuffie 2,990 75.01% 996 24.99% 3,986
McIntosh 1,367 62.14% 833 37.86% 2,200
Macon 2,005 70.55% 837 29.45% 2,842
Madison 2,606 82.00% 572 18.00% 3,178
Marion 850 83.83% 164 16.17% 1,014
Meriwether 3,420 73.82% 1,213 26.18% 4,633
Miller 1,269 91.49% 118 8.51% 1,387
Mitchell 2,400 68.18% 1,120 31.82% 3,520
Monroe 2,181 73.43% 789 26.57% 2,970
Montgomery 1,370 80.26% 337 19.74% 1,707
Morgan 2,007 75.03% 668 24.97% 2,675
Murray 2,643 80.41% 644 19.59% 3,287
Muscogee 28,449 77.55% 8,234 22.45% 36,683
Newton 4,647 77.10% 1,380 22.90% 6,027
Oconee 2,029 81.39% 464 18.61% 2,493
Oglethorpe 1,712 84.00% 326 16.00% 2,038
Paulding 2,814 73.70% 1,004 26.30% 3,818
Peach 3,747 60.83% 2,413 39.17% 6,160
Pickens 2,101 80.16% 520 19.84% 2,621
Pierce 1,982 88.05% 269 11.95% 2,251
Pike 1,432 77.20% 423 22.80% 1,855
Polk 4,929 78.91% 1,317 21.09% 6,246
Pulaski 1,966 81.58% 444 18.42% 2,410
Putnam 1,963 76.47% 604 23.53% 2,567
Quitman 502 78.19% 140 21.81% 642
Rabun 1,477 80.14% 366 19.86% 1,843
Randolph 1,603 66.76% 798 33.24% 2,401
Richmond 24,362 72.55% 9,219 27.45% 33,581
Rockdale 3,560 81.82% 791 18.18% 4,351
Schley 694 81.07% 162 18.93% 856
Screven 2,402 80.69% 575 19.31% 2,977
Seminole 1,851 83.12% 376 16.88% 2,227
Spalding 7,183 80.84% 1,702 19.16% 8,885
Stephens 3,773 81.24% 871 18.76% 4,644
Stewart 1,020 74.29% 353 25.71% 1,373
Sumter 4,533 78.14% 1,268 21.86% 5,801
Talbot 990 66.09% 508 33.91% 1,498
Taliaferro 585 61.13% 372 38.87% 957
Tattnall 2,892 85.46% 492 14.54% 3,384
Taylor 1,580 75.45% 514 24.55% 2,094
Telfair 2,245 76.57% 687 23.43% 2,932
Terrell 2,057 74.99% 686 25.01% 2,743
Thomas 6,668 75.44% 2,171 24.56% 8,839
Tift 4,591 84.91% 816 15.09% 5,407
Toombs 4,080 85.80% 675 14.20% 4,755
Towns 1,573 79.56% 404 20.44% 1,977
Treutlen 1,346 86.50% 210 13.50% 1,556
Troup 8,350 80.24% 2,056 19.76% 10,406
Turner 2,120 82.91% 437 17.09% 2,557
Twiggs 1,363 55.05% 1,113 44.95% 2,476
Union 2,317 75.74% 742 24.26% 3,059
Upson 4,892 84.52% 896 15.48% 5,788
Walker 8,728 84.72% 1,574 15.28% 10,302
Walton 3,994 77.80% 1,140 22.20% 5,134
Ware 6,578 79.23% 1,724 20.77% 8,302
Warren 1,175 71.21% 475 28.79% 1,650
Washington 3,901 75.79% 1,246 24.21% 5,147
Wayne 3,677 83.38% 733 16.62% 4,410
Webster 483 81.73% 108 18.27% 591
Wheeler 1,093 78.80% 294 21.20% 1,387
White 1,537 81.76% 343 18.24% 1,880
Whitfield 8,591 81.46% 1,955 18.54% 10,546
Wilcox 1,863 85.54% 315 14.46% 2,178
Wilkes 2,195 77.26% 646 22.74% 2,841
Wilkinson 2,196 74.52% 751 25.48% 2,947
Worth 2,942 84.44% 542 15.56% 3,484
Totals 881,496 75.04% 289,529 24.96% 1,174,772

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "1972 Election for the Forty-Seventh Term (1973-77)". Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
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  6. ^ Perry, James Moorhead; Us and Them: How the Press Covered the 1972 Election, p. 136 ISBN 0517505525
  7. ^ Grantham, Dewey W.; The Life and Death of the Solid South: A Political History, p. 179 ISBN 0813148723
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  13. ^ The Political Graveyard; Hancock County, Georgia
  14. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016