United States Presidential Election in Washington (state), 1972
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United States Presidential Election in Washington State , 1972
United States presidential election in Washington, 1972
Washington (state)
1968 November 7, 1972 1976 ->
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Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
Electoral vote 9 0
Popular vote 837,135 568,334
Percentage 56.9% 38.6%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in Washington refers to how Washington participated in the 1972 United States presidential election.

Washington voted for the Republican incumbent, Richard Nixon, over the Democratic challenger, South Dakota Senator George McGovern. Nixon took 56.92% of the vote to McGovern's 38.64%, a margin of 18.28%, which still made the state 4.87 percent more Democratic than the nation at-large.

Nixon won every county except heavily unionized Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, in the process being the first Republican to carry Wahkiakum County (another heavily unionized timber county), Kitsap County and Snohomish County since Herbert Hoover in 1928.[1]

Results

United States presidential election in Washington, 1972[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon (incumbent) 837,135 56.92% 9
Democratic George McGovern 568,334 38.64% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz 58,906 4.00% 0
Independent (People's) Benjamin Spock 2,644 0.18% 0
Libertarian John Hospers 1,537 0.10% 0
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 1,102 0.07% 0
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 623 0.04% 0
Communist Gus Hall 566 0.04% 0
Totals 1,470,847 100.00% 9
Voter turnout --

Results by county

County Nixon# Nixon% McGovern# McGovern% Others# Others% Total votes cast
Adams 3,083 68.22% 1,110 24.56% 326 7.21% 4,519
Asotin 2,911 50.36% 2,559 44.27% 310 5.36% 5,780
Benton 18,517 61.02% 9,824 32.37% 2,005 6.61% 30,346
Chelan 10,470 60.13% 5,889 33.82% 1,054 6.05% 17,413
Clallam 9,372 58.25% 5,620 34.93% 1,097 6.82% 16,089
Clark 28,775 49.13% 27,179 46.41% 2,615 4.46% 58,569
Columbia 1,445 69.47% 533 25.63% 102 4.90% 2,080
Cowlitz 14,431 51.21% 12,682 45.00% 1,069 3.79% 28,182
Douglas 4,512 60.31% 2,420 32.35% 549 7.34% 7,481
Ferry 815 53.37% 560 36.67% 152 9.95% 1,527
Franklin 5,972 56.75% 3,867 36.75% 684 6.50% 10,523
Garfield 1,004 65.45% 481 31.36% 49 3.19% 1,534
Grant 9,370 59.25% 5,487 34.70% 957 6.05% 15,814
Grays Harbor 10,839 45.65% 11,786 49.64% 1,120 4.72% 23,745
Island 7,495 68.12% 3,149 28.62% 359 3.26% 11,003
Jefferson 2,770 53.49% 2,096 40.47% 313 6.04% 5,179
King 298,707 56.39% 212,509 40.12% 18,478 3.49% 529,694
Kitsap 25,831 56.84% 17,011 37.43% 2,604 5.73% 45,446
Kittitas 5,464 53.96% 4,299 42.46% 363 3.58% 10,126
Klickitat 3,061 54.20% 2,293 40.60% 294 5.21% 5,648
Lewis 12,071 58.64% 6,946 33.74% 1,568 7.62% 20,585
Lincoln 3,647 69.14% 1,453 27.55% 175 3.32% 5,275
Mason 4,873 53.10% 3,907 42.57% 397 4.33% 9,177
Okanogan 5,796 56.09% 3,835 37.11% 703 6.80% 10,334
Pacific 3,349 46.73% 3,585 50.03% 232 3.24% 7,166
Pend Oreille 1,746 59.57% 1,071 36.54% 114 3.89% 2,931
Pierce 84,265 56.91% 56,933 38.45% 6,867 4.64% 148,065
San Juan 1,786 63.90% 906 32.42% 103 3.69% 2,795
Skagit 14,212 58.13% 9,233 37.77% 1,003 4.10% 24,448
Skamania 1,288 48.70% 1,153 43.59% 204 7.71% 2,645
Snohomish 60,032 57.27% 39,471 37.66% 5,318 5.07% 104,821
Spokane 74,320 59.37% 44,337 35.42% 6,528 5.21% 125,185
Stevens 4,839 61.26% 2,390 30.26% 670 8.48% 7,899
Thurston 22,297 57.48% 14,596 37.63% 1,899 4.90% 38,792
Wahkiakum 818 47.39% 796 46.12% 112 6.49% 1,726
Walla Walla 12,579 67.87% 5,364 28.94% 590 3.18% 18,533
Whatcom 22,585 58.21% 15,027 38.73% 1,189 3.06% 38,801
Whitman 9,548 58.70% 6,248 38.41% 470 2.89% 16,266
Yakima 32,240 58.93% 19,729 36.06% 2,736 5.00% 54,705
Totals 837,135 56.92% 568,334 38.64% 65,378 4.43% 1,470,847

References

  1. ^ Menendez; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, pp. 332-333 ISBN 0786422173
  2. ^ "The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2016 (p. 4145)". Simon and Schuster (8 December 2015). Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results - Washington". Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved . 

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