1972 United States presidential election in Arizona

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1972 United States presidential election in Arizona
Flag of Arizona.svg
  1968 November 7, 1972 [1] 1976  
  Richard Nixon presidential portrait crop.jpg GeorgeMcGovern.png
Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
Electoral vote60
Popular vote402,812198,540
Percentage61.6%30.4%

Arizona Presidential Election Results 1972.svg
County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

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

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Arizona was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), with 61.64% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (DSouth Dakota), with 30.38% of the popular vote. [3] [4] Linda Jenness and John G. Schmitz, the only other candidates on the ballot, combined for just over 52,000 votes and over seven percent of Arizona's popular vote. Even in a huge landslide, this result left Arizona seven percentage points more Republican than the nation at-large.

In a state that would reflect McGovern's national results, [5] [6] the Democratic nominee won only one county in Arizona: heavily unionized Greenlee County, where no Republican had won before this nor would win until George W. Bush in 2000. [7]

The massive surge in ballots for the socialist candidate (there had been only 85 in 1968, now there were nearly 31,000) was due to a ballot error in Pima County. Linda Jenness, the Socialist Workers candidate, was only 31 and thus was deemed ineligible to be put on the ballot. Instead, the names of her six electors were listed. However, the layout of the ballot was what caused the confusion. Atop the ballot was "President of the United States (Vote for one)" with the given options of Nixon, McGovern, and Schmitz. Below that was "Presidential Electors (Vote for six)," and the names of the six Socialist Worker's electors. The text labelling the as "Socialist Worker's Party" was only half as small as the instructions to vote for six, and thus 28,000 voters followed both instructions, likely perceiving the Socialist Electors as being part of a separate race. The Secretary of State, Wesley Bolin, and Attorney General, Gary Nelson, at first agreed the ballots ought to be thrown out. Pima county election chief David O'Hern and county attorney Rose Silver believed the ballots should be counted since the Socialist Workers candidate had been disqualified. In the end, that was the line of thinking taken, and the votes were counted for both the candidates they were cast for. This resulted not only in an increase in the state's total by some 28,000, but that in some Democratic southside precincts, the Socialist ticket outperformed Nixon and was the only place the landslide victor came third anywhere in the country. [8]

Results

1972 United States presidential election in Arizona
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Richard Nixon (inc.) 402,812 61.64%
Democratic George McGovern 198,54030.38%
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 30,9454.74%
American Independent John G. Schmitz 21,2083.25%
Total votes653,505 100%

Results by county

CountyRichard Milhous Nixon
Republican
George Stanley McGovern
Democratic
John George Schmitz [9]
American Independent
Linda Jenness [9]
Socialist Workers
MarginTotal votes cast
#%#%#%#%#%
Apache 3,39450.28%3,14546.59%2002.96%110.16%2493.69%6,750
Cochise 11,70663.97%6,02332.91%5573.04%130.07%5,68331.06%18,299
Coconino 10,61161.02%6,25035.94%3131.82%150.09%4,36125.37%17,389
Gila 5,67354.70%4,29541.41%3973.83%70.07%1,37813.29%10,372
Graham 3,57560.15%1,86331.35%5048.48%10.02%1,71228.81%5,943
Greenlee 1,75845.57%2,01352.18%812.10%60.16%-255-6.61%3,858
Maricopa 244,59369.29%95,13526.95%12,9993.68%2730.08%149,45842.34%353,000
Mohave 6,75568.92%2,58826.41%4494.58%90.09%4,16742.52%9,801
Navajo 6,99960.48%4,00334.59%5614.85%90.08%2,99625.89%11,572
Pima 73,15445.41%56,22334.90%2,6201.63%29,113 [lower-alpha 1] 18.07%16,93110.51%161,110
Pinal 10,58460.28%6,40436.47%5553.16%160.09%4,18023.81%17,559
Santa Cruz 2,13752.39%1,86645.75%731.79%30.07%2716.64%4,079
Yavapai 12,27765.77%3,97721.30%9475.07%1,466 [lower-alpha 1] 7.85%8,30044.46%18,667
Yuma 9,59663.52%4,75531.48%7524.98%30.02%4,84132.05%15,106
Totals402,81261.64%198,54030.38%21,2083.25%30,9454.74%204,27231.26%653,505

Notes

  1. 1 2 In this county there occurred a ballot malfunction that counted many votes for both a major party candidate and Linda Jenness. A court ordered that the ballots be counted for both. [9]

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