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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1972

Illinois gubernatorial election, 1972

November 7, 1972

Nominee Dan Walker Richard B. Ogilvie
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Neil Hartigan James D. Nowlan
Popular vote 2,371,303 2,293,809
Percentage 50.68 49.02

Governor before election

Richard B. Ogilvie

Elected Governor

Dan Walker

A Gubernatorial election was held in Illinois in November 1972. Incumbent Republican Governor Richard B. Ogilvie lost reelection to Democrat Dan Walker


  • Results 1
  • Democratic Primary 2
  • Republican Primary 3
  • References 4


1972 gubernatorial election, Illinois[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dan Walker 2,372,313 50.68 +2.31
Republican Richard B. Ogilvie (incumbent) 2,293,809 49.02 -2.19
Socialist Labor George LaForest 7,966 0.17 -0.26
Communist Ishmael Flory 4,592 0.10 N/A
N/A write-ins 1,373 0.03 N/A
Majority 77,494 1.66 -1.18
Turnout 4,679,043
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

Democratic Primary

The Primary was held on March 21, 1972. In an upset, Dan Walker won a close primary against then-Lt. Governor Paul Simon.
1972 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Illinois[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dan Walker 735,193 51.41 N/A
Democratic Paul Simon 694,900 48.59 N/A
Majority 40,923 2.82
Turnout 1,430,093

Republican Primary

The Republican primary was also held on March 21. Ogilvie won renomination easily. His main rival, John M. Mathis was a favorite son of the Peoria area, and fared poorly elsewhere.
1972 Republican gubernatorial primary, Illinois[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Richard B. Ogilvie 442,323 75.54 N/A
Republican John M. Mathis 143,053 24.43 N/A
Republican write-ins 201 0.03 N/A
Majority 299,270 51.11
Turnout 585,577


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