United States presidential election, 1972

Introduction

This is a revision of the United States presidential election of 1972, the year of Republican President Richard Nixon's landslide reelection against Democrat George McGovern.

In the 1972 election of the current timeline, Nixon received close to 61% of the popular vote compared to about 37.5% for McGovern. This revised version of history makes the 1972 landslide a little wider. In this revision, Nixon has barely over 61% of the popular vote compared to McGovern’s 37.2%, for a victory margin of close to 24%.

I’m doing this because since I recorded each state county-by-county in this election, I had to adjust some of the counties to go more toward Nixon’s favor, to pave the way for the Reagan landslides, which will stand as the most massive landslides in the 20th century.

The revised election below is organized state-by-state in alphabetical order, for a total of 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

United States presidential election, 1972 (results estimated)

Alabama

Richard Nixon (R): 728,701 (72.4%) George McGovern (D): 256,923 (25.5%) Other: 20,469 (2%) Total: 1,006,093

Alaska

Nixon: 55,349 (58.1%) McGovern: 32,967 (34.6%) Other: 6,903 (7.2%) Total: 95,219

Arizona

Nixon: 402,812 (61.6%) McGovern: 198,540 (30.4%) Other: 52,153 (8%) Total: 653,505

Arkansas

Nixon: 445,751 (68.8%) McGovern: 198,899 (30.7%) Other: 3,016 (0.5%) Total: 647,666

California

Nixon: 4,646,446 (55.5%) McGovern: 3,431,497 (41%) Other: 289,919 (3.5%) Total: 8,367,862

Colorado

Nixon: 597,189 (62.6%) McGovern: 329,980 (34.6%) Other: 26,716 (2.8%) Total: 953,885

Connecticut

Nixon: 810,763 (58.6%) McGovern: 555,498 (40.2%) Other: 17,239 (1.2%) Total: 1,383,500

Delaware

Nixon: 140,357 (59.6%) McGovern: 92,283 (39.2%) Other: 2,876 (1.2%) Total: 235,516

District of Columbia

McGovern: 127,627 (78.1%) Nixon: 35,226 (21.6%) Other: 568 (0.3%) Total: 163,421

Florida

Nixon: 1,857,759 (71.9%) McGovern: 718,117 (27.8%) Other: 7,407 (0.3%) Total: 2,583,283

Georgia

Nixon: 881,496 (75.3%) McGovern: 289,529 (24.7%) Total: 1,171,025

Hawaii

Nixon: 168,865 (62.5%) McGovern: 101,409 (37.5%) Total: 270,274

Idaho

Nixon: 199,384 (64.2%) McGovern: 80,826 (26%) Other: 30,169 (9.7%) Total: 310,379

Illinois

Nixon: 2,813,212 (59.6%) McGovern: 1,888,439 (40%) Other: 21,585 (0.5%) Total: 4,723,236

Indiana

Nixon: 1,405,154 (66.1%) McGovern: 708,568 (33.3%) Other: 11,807 (0.6%) Total: 2,125,529

Iowa

Nixon: 706,207 (57.6%) McGovern: 496,206 (40.5%) Other: 23,531 (1.9%) Total: 1,225,944

Kansas

Nixon: 619,812 (67.7%) McGovern: 270,287 (29.5%) Other: 25,996 (2.8%) Total: 916,095

Kentucky

Nixon: 676,446 (63.4%) McGovern: 371,159 (34.8%) Other: 19,894 (1.9%) Total: 1,067,499

Louisiana

Nixon: 686,852 (65.3%) McGovern: 298,142 (28.4%) Other: 66,497 (6.3%) Total: 1,051,491

Maine

Nixon: 256,458 (61.5%) McGovern: 160,584 (38.5%) Other: 229 (0.1%) Total: 417,271

Maryland

Nixon: 829,305 (61.9%) McGovern: 505,781 (37.8%) Other: 3,843 (0.3%) Total: 1,338,929

Massachusetts

McGovern: 1,267,961 (51.6%) Nixon: 1,176,657 (47.9%) Other: 14,138 (0.6%) Total: 2,458,756

Michigan

Nixon: 1,961,721 (56.2%) McGovern: 1,459,435 (41.8%) Other: 69,169 (2%) Total: 3,490,325

Minnesota

Nixon: 898,269 (51.6%) McGovern: 802,346 (46.1%) Other: 41,037 (2.4%) Total: 1,741,652

Mississippi

Nixon: 505,125 (78.2%) McGovern: 126,782 (19.6%) Other: 14,056 (2.2%) Total: 645,963

Missouri

Nixon: 1,153,852 (62.3%) McGovern: 697,147 (37.7%) Total: 1,850,999

Montana

Nixon: 183,976 (57.9%) McGovern: 120,197 (37.8%) Other: 13,430 (4.2%) Total: 317,603

Nebraska

Nixon: 406,298 (70.5%) McGovern: 169,991 (29.5%) Total: 576,289

Nevada

Nixon: 115,750 (63.7%) McGovern: 66,016 (36.3%) Total: 181,766

New Hampshire

Nixon: 213,724 (64%) McGovern: 116,435 (34.9%) Other: 3,900 (1.2%) Total: 334,059

New Jersey

Nixon: 1,861,387 (62.1%) McGovern: 1,086,326 (36.2%) Other: 49,516 (1.7%) Total: 2,997,229

New Mexico

Nixon: 235,606 (61%) McGovern: 141,084 (36.6%) Other: 9,241 (2.4%) Total: 385,931

New York

Nixon: 4,230,227 (59.1%) McGovern: 2,913,635 (40.7%) Other: 17,968 (0.3%) Total: 7,161,830

North Carolina

Nixon: 1,054,889 (69.5%) McGovern: 438,705 (28.9%) Other: 25,018 (1.6%) Total: 1,518,612

North Dakota

Nixon: 174,109 (62.1%) McGovern: 100,384 (35.8%) Other: 6,021 (2.1%) Total: 280,514

Ohio

Nixon: 2,463,529 (60.2%) McGovern: 1,537,187 (37.5%) Other: 94,071 (2.3%) Total: 4,094,787

Oklahoma

Nixon: 759,025 (73.7%) McGovern: 247,147 (24%) Other: 23,728 (2.3%) Total: 1,029,900

Oregon

Nixon: 486,686 (52.4%) McGovern: 392,760 (42.3%) Other: 48,500 (5.2%) Total: 927,946

Pennsylvania

Nixon: 2,738,859 (59.6%) McGovern: 1,772,613 (38.6%) Other: 80,634 (1.8%) Total: 4,592,106

Rhode Island

Nixon: 220,383 (53%) McGovern: 194,645 (46.8%) Other: 780 (0.2%) Total: 415,808

South Carolina

Nixon: 478,427 (70.6%) McGovern: 189,270 (27.9%) Other: 10,166 (1.5%) Total: 677,863

South Dakota

Nixon: 166,476 (54.2%) McGovern: 139,945 (45.5%) Other: 994 (0.3%) Total: 307,415

Tennessee

Nixon: 813,147 (67.7%) McGovern: 357,293 (29.7%) Other: 30,742 (2.6%) Total: 1,201,182

Texas

Nixon: 2,298,896 (66.2%) McGovern: 1,154,291 (33.2%) Other: 19,527 (0.6%) Total: 3,472,714

Utah

Nixon: 323,643 (67.6%) McGovern: 126,284 (26.4%) Other: 28,549 (6%) Total: 478,476

Vermont

Nixon: 117,149 (62.7%) McGovern: 68,174 (36.5%) Other: 1,623 (0.9%) Total: 186,946

Virginia

Nixon: 988,493 (67.8%) McGovern: 438,887 (30.1%) Other: 29,639 (2%) Total: 1,457,019

Washington

Nixon: 837,135 (56.9%) McGovern: 568,334 (38.6%) Other: 65,378 (4.4%) Total: 1,470,847

West Virginia

Nixon: 484,964 (63.6%) McGovern: 277,435 (36.4%) Total: 762,399

Wisconsin

Nixon: 989,430 (53.4%) McGovern: 810,174 (43.7%) Other: 52,393 (2.8%) Total: 1,851,997

Wyoming

Nixon: 115,331 (79.2%) McGovern: 29,491 (20.3%) Other: 748 (0.5%) Total: 145,570

United States (total)

Nixon: 47,416,707 (61%) McGovern: 28,923,635 (37.2%) Other: 1,381,783 (1.8%) Total: 77,722,125
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