Election of 1972

In the election of 1972, incumbent Nixon faced South Dakota senator George McGovern.  Nixon’s early lead only increased when it was discovered that McGovern’s running mate had a history of mental illness.  Nixon also parlayed his diplomatic gains as president into big election day returns.

Nixon won 49 of 50 states, losing only Massachusetts.  However, the big win for Nixon would be marred by the Watergate scandal.

election of 1972 map

National Atlas

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