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United States presidential election in Vermont, 1972


United States presidential election in Vermont, 1972

United States presidential election in Vermont, 1972

November 7, 1972

Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 117,149 68,174
Percentage 62.66% 36.47%

County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1972 United States Presidential Election in Vermont took place on November 7, 1972 as part of the 1972 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Voters chose 3 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

Vermont voted for incumbent South Dakota and his running mate U.S. Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland.

Nixon took 62.66% of the vote to McGovern's 36.47%, a margin of 26.20%. Coming in a distant third was the People's Party candidate famed pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock, who took 0.54% in Vermont on the Liberty Union ballot line.

Vermont historically was a bastion of liberal Northeastern Republicanism, and by 1972 the Green Mountain State had gone Republican in every presidential election since the founding of the Republican Party, except in the Democratic landslide of 1964, when the GOP had nominated staunch conservative Barry Goldwater.

Richard Nixon was seen as a mainstream moderate Republican, and while winning nationally in a massive 49-state landslide, he easily held onto Vermont's 3 electoral votes. The only state McGovern carried was neighboring Massachusetts, along with the District of Columbia.

As Nixon won an historic landslide nationally, Vermont weighed in as about 2% more Republican than the nation.

Nixon won every county in Vermont, and broke 60% in every county except for Chittenden County, the most populous county, home to the state's largest city, Burlington.


United States presidential election in Vermont, 1972[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 117,149 62.66% 3
Democratic George McGovern 68,174 36.47% 0
Liberty Union (People's) Benjamin Spock 1,010 0.54% 0
No party Write-ins 318 0.17% 0
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 296 0.16% 0
Totals 186,947 100.00% 3
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 61%/68%


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