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United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1972

United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1972

November 7, 1972

Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
(replacing Thomas Eagleton)
Electoral vote 17 0
Popular vote 1,845,502 1,102,211
Percentage 61.57% 36.77%

County Results

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1972 United States presidential election in New Jersey took place on November 7, 1972. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. New Jersey voters chose 17 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the President and Vice President.

New Jersey was won by the South Dakota and his running mate United States Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland.

Nixon carried New Jersey with 61.57% to McGovern's 36.77%, a margin of 24.80%.[1]

Nixon swept every county in New Jersey, including even traditional Democratic strongholds like Essex County, Mercer County, and Hudson County. Nixon's unique nationwide appeal to working-class Democrats in 1972 was most evident in his performance in Hudson County; the traditionally heavily Democratic county, which Nixon had lost decisively with less than 40% of the vote in both 1960 and 1968, went to Nixon in 1972 by a 60–39 margin. This remains the last election in which a Republican presidential nominee has won Essex County, although it was still McGovern's strongest, only narrowly going to Nixon by a 50–48 margin. Mercer County was the second closest, with Nixon winning it, 52–47. Nixon's strongest county was rural Sussex County, where he received 74% of the vote.

New Jersey in this era was a swing state with a slight Republican lean, and this pattern continued with the results of 1972. In the midst of nationwide Republican landslide, New Jersey voted basically how the nation voted, its result being 1% more Republican than the national average.

This was the third time in five presidential elections that the winning candidate swept New Jersey’s counties in an election (Having also happened in 1956 and 1964). However, as of 2012, that has not happened since.


United States presidential election in New Jersey, 1972
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon 1,845,502 61.57% 17
Democratic George McGovern 1,102,211 36.77% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz 34,378 1.15% 0
People's Benjamin Spock 5,355 0.18% 0
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 4,544 0.15% 0
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 2,233 0.07% 0
America First John Mahalchik 1,743 0.06% 0
Communist Gus Hall 1,263 0.04% 0
Totals 2,997,229 100.0% 17
Voter Turnout (Voting age/Registered) 60%/82%

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