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United States Presidential Election in Virginia, 1972
United States presidential election in Virginia, 1972

← 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
(replacing Thomas Eagleton)
Electoral vote 11 0
Popular vote 988,493 438,887
Percentage 67.8% 30.1%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in Virginia took place on November 7, 1972. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Virginia voters chose 12 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president of the United States. This was also the first presidential election after the passage of the Twenty-sixth Amendment, which decreased the voting age from 21 to 18.

Virginia was won by incumbent United States President Richard Nixon of California with 67.84 percent of the vote, against South Dakota Senator George McGovern of the Democratic Party. Nixon also won the national election with 60.67 percent of the vote.

In strict accordance with national trends, McGovern carried just one county or independent city in Virginia - however, that county, Charles City County, saw McGovern receive over 67 percent of the vote, and was his fourth-strongest county in the country.[1] As of the 2016 presidential election, this constitutes the last occasion the Republican Party has carried Brunswick County, Greensville County, Surry County, Sussex County, Charlottesville City, Norfolk City, Petersburg City, Portsmouth City and Richmond City.[2]

However, Nixon did not win all of the electoral votes in Virginia because one of his electors, Roger MacBride, instead cast his vote for Libertarian candidate John Hospers and his running mate, Tonie Nathan. Although Hospers was not on the ballot in Virginia, MacBride's vote was the first electoral vote ever cast for a female candidate (Nathan); MacBride was subsequently nominated as the Libertarian candidate for President in the next election.

Results

United States presidential election in Virginia, 1972[3]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Richard Nixon (inc.) 988,493 67.84% 11
Libertarian John Hospers 0 0.00% 1
Democratic George McGovern 438,887 30.12% 0
American Independent John G. Schmitz 19,721 1.35% 0
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 9,918 0.68% 0
Totals 1,457,019 100.00% 12

Results by county

Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
George Stanley McGovern
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin Total votes cast
County or Independent City # % # % # % # % #
Accomack County 6,496 71.97% 2,406 26.66% 124 1.37% 4,090 45.31% 9,026
Albemarle County 8,447 65.22% 4,303 33.23% 201 1.55% 4,144 32.00% 12,951
Alleghany County 2,584 67.47% 1,069 27.91% 177 4.62% 1,515 39.56% 3,830
Amelia County 1,606 64.99% 778 31.49% 87 3.52% 828 33.51% 2,471
Amherst County 4,909 73.94% 1,512 22.77% 218 3.28% 3,397 51.17% 6,639
Appomattox County 2,788 78.20% 684 19.19% 93 2.61% 2,104 59.02% 3,565
Arlington County 39,406 59.36% 25,877 38.98% 1,100 1.66% 13,529 20.38% 66,383
Augusta County 9,106 81.44% 1,766 15.79% 309 2.76% 7,340 65.65% 11,181
Bath County 1,127 68.89% 462 28.24% 47 2.87% 665 40.65% 1,636
Bedford County 5,286 73.43% 1,501 20.85% 412 5.72% 3,785 52.58% 7,199
Bland County 1,352 70.64% 527 27.53% 35 1.83% 825 43.10% 1,914
Botetourt County 3,806 69.44% 1,519 27.71% 156 2.85% 2,287 41.73% 5,481
Brunswick County 3,072 58.17% 2,130 40.33% 79 1.50% 942 17.84% 5,281
Buchanan County 4,801 56.13% 3,566 41.69% 187 2.19% 1,235 14.44% 8,554
Buckingham County 2,107 62.86% 1,186 35.38% 59 1.76% 921 27.48% 3,352
Campbell County 11,676 82.48% 2,055 14.52% 426 3.01% 9,621 67.96% 14,157
Caroline County 2,086 52.80% 1,814 45.91% 51 1.29% 272 6.88% 3,951
Carroll County 5,247 75.08% 1,583 22.65% 159 2.28% 3,664 52.43% 6,989
Charles City County 535 30.84% 1,177 67.84% 23 1.33% -642 -37.00% 1,735
Charlotte County 2,501 66.22% 1,182 31.29% 94 2.49% 1,319 34.92% 3,777
Chesterfield County 24,934 85.24% 3,823 13.07% 496 1.70% 21,111 72.17% 29,253
Clarke County 1,816 69.13% 715 27.22% 96 3.65% 1,101 41.91% 2,627
Craig County 774 63.44% 425 34.84% 21 1.72% 349 28.61% 1,220
Culpeper County 3,707 72.80% 1,316 25.84% 69 1.36% 2,391 46.96% 5,092
Cumberland County 1,371 57.75% 969 40.82% 34 1.43% 402 16.93% 2,374
Dickenson County 3,633 56.22% 2,711 41.95% 118 1.83% 922 14.27% 6,462
Dinwiddie County 3,314 62.47% 1,901 35.83% 90 1.70% 1,413 26.64% 5,305
Essex County 1,482 62.58% 808 34.12% 78 3.29% 674 28.46% 2,368
Fairfax County 112,135 66.26% 54,844 32.40% 2,267 1.34% 57,291 33.85% 169,246
Fauquier County 4,654 67.71% 2,039 29.67% 180 2.62% 2,615 38.05% 6,873
Floyd County 2,444 76.11% 708 22.05% 59 1.84% 1,736 54.06% 3,211
Fluvanna County 1,438 67.29% 637 29.81% 62 2.90% 801 37.48% 2,137
Franklin County 4,674 65.74% 2,273 31.97% 163 2.29% 2,401 33.77% 7,110
Frederick County 5,367 75.18% 1,604 22.47% 168 2.35% 3,763 52.71% 7,139
Giles County 3,671 64.34% 1,869 32.75% 166 2.91% 1,802 31.58% 5,706
Gloucester County 3,642 71.92% 1,292 25.51% 130 2.57% 2,350 46.41% 5,064
Goochland County 2,127 60.98% 1,254 35.95% 107 3.07% 873 25.03% 3,488
Grayson County 3,565 67.48% 1,603 30.34% 115 2.18% 1,962 37.14% 5,283
Greene County 1,208 78.24% 318 20.60% 18 1.17% 890 57.64% 1,544
Greensville County 1,608 56.05% 1,197 41.72% 64 2.23% 411 14.33% 2,869
Halifax County 5,469 68.71% 2,384 29.95% 106 1.33% 3,085 38.76% 7,959
Hanover County 11,095 81.20% 2,200 16.10% 368 2.69% 8,895 65.10% 13,663
Henrico County 52,536 84.87% 8,420 13.60% 948 1.53% 44,116 71.27% 61,904
Henry County 7,556 62.84% 4,042 33.62% 426 3.54% 3,514 29.22% 12,024
Highland County 774 77.63% 206 20.66% 17 1.71% 568 56.97% 997
Isle of Wight County 3,555 59.27% 2,305 38.43% 138 2.30% 1,250 20.84% 5,998
James City County 3,372 61.97% 1,992 36.61% 77 1.42% 1,380 25.36% 5,441
King and Queen County 1,033 58.30% 708 39.95% 31 1.75% 325 18.34% 1,772
King George County 1,675 70.05% 658 27.52% 58 2.43% 1,017 42.53% 2,391
King William County 1,839 69.14% 797 29.96% 24 0.90% 1,042 39.17% 2,660
Lancaster County 2,683 71.64% 1,009 26.94% 53 1.42% 1,674 44.70% 3,745
Lee County 4,957 62.39% 2,825 35.56% 163 2.05% 2,132 26.83% 7,945
Loudoun County 9,417 69.46% 3,941 29.07% 199 1.47% 5,476 40.39% 13,557
Louisa County 2,545 63.55% 1,338 33.41% 122 3.05% 1,207 30.14% 4,005
Lunenburg County 2,464 69.14% 1,044 29.29% 56 1.57% 1,420 39.84% 3,564
Madison County 1,864 73.41% 639 25.17% 36 1.42% 1,225 48.25% 2,539
Mathews County 2,164 72.45% 730 24.44% 93 3.11% 1,434 48.01% 2,987
Mecklenburg County 6,381 68.55% 2,804 30.12% 124 1.33% 3,577 38.43% 9,309
Middlesex County 1,697 69.29% 724 29.56% 28 1.14% 973 39.73% 2,449
Montgomery County 9,348 70.56% 3,692 27.87% 208 1.57% 5,656 42.69% 13,248
Nelson County 2,145 67.22% 954 29.90% 92 2.88% 1,191 37.32% 3,191
New Kent County 1,370 67.52% 633 31.20% 26 1.28% 737 36.32% 2,029
Northampton County 2,587 66.45% 1,246 32.01% 60 1.54% 1,341 34.45% 3,893
Northumberland County 2,332 71.58% 884 27.13% 42 1.29% 1,448 44.44% 3,258
Nottoway County 2,979 68.22% 1,308 29.95% 80 1.83% 1,671 38.26% 4,367
Orange County 2,758 71.28% 1,032 26.67% 79 2.04% 1,726 44.61% 3,869
Page County 4,326 72.34% 1,585 26.51% 69 1.15% 2,741 45.84% 5,980
Patrick County 2,951 73.35% 942 23.42% 130 3.23% 2,009 49.94% 4,023
Pittsylvania County 12,108 72.34% 4,429 26.46% 200 1.19% 7,679 45.88% 16,737
Powhatan County 1,751 66.43% 810 30.73% 75 2.85% 941 35.70% 2,636
Prince Edward County 3,199 65.96% 1,585 32.68% 66 1.36% 1,614 33.28% 4,850
Prince George County 2,405 67.71% 1,084 30.52% 63 1.77% 1,321 37.19% 3,552
Prince William County 20,149 72.26% 7,266 26.06% 469 1.68% 12,883 46.20% 27,884
Pulaski County 6,281 72.01% 2,311 26.50% 130 1.49% 3,970 45.52% 8,722
Rappahannock County 1,055 68.20% 471 30.45% 21 1.36% 584 37.75% 1,547
Richmond County 1,565 77.55% 435 21.56% 18 0.89% 1,130 56.00% 2,018
Roanoke County 19,920 77.28% 5,318 20.63% 540 2.09% 14,602 56.65% 25,778
Rockbridge County 3,009 74.28% 956 23.60% 86 2.12% 2,053 50.68% 4,051
Rockingham County 10,025 81.67% 2,026 16.51% 224 1.82% 7,999 65.16% 12,275
Russell County 5,010 58.93% 3,367 39.60% 125 1.47% 1,643 19.32% 8,502
Scott County 5,125 66.18% 2,474 31.95% 145 1.87% 2,651 34.23% 7,744
Shenandoah County 7,128 82.46% 1,422 16.45% 94 1.09% 5,706 66.01% 8,644
Smyth County 6,409 72.27% 2,280 25.71% 179 2.02% 4,129 46.56% 8,868
Southampton County 3,225 67.09% 1,498 31.16% 84 1.75% 1,727 35.93% 4,807
Spotsylvania County 3,577 65.73% 1,775 32.62% 90 1.65% 1,802 33.11% 5,442
Stafford County 5,222 72.39% 1,901 26.35% 91 1.26% 3,321 46.04% 7,214
Surry County 1,067 50.40% 988 46.67% 62 2.93% 79 3.73% 2,117
Sussex County 2,120 54.99% 1,645 42.67% 90 2.33% 475 12.32% 3,855
Tazewell County 7,233 67.81% 3,181 29.82% 253 2.37% 4,052 37.99% 10,667
Warren County 3,718 69.40% 1,508 28.15% 131 2.45% 2,210 41.25% 5,357
Washington County 8,805 72.70% 3,028 25.00% 278 2.30% 5,777 47.70% 12,111
Westmoreland County 2,331 66.00% 1,113 31.51% 88 2.49% 1,218 34.48% 3,532
Wise County 6,739 59.94% 4,402 39.16% 101 0.90% 2,337 20.79% 11,242
Wythe County 4,553 73.96% 1,431 23.25% 172 2.79% 3,122 50.71% 6,156
York County 7,745 74.90% 2,302 22.26% 294 2.84% 5,443 52.64% 10,341
Alexandria City 20,235 55.95% 15,409 42.60% 525 1.45% 4,826 13.34% 36,169
Bedford City 1,407 68.20% 529 25.64% 127 6.16% 878 42.56% 2,063
Bristol City 2,665 68.46% 1,157 29.72% 71 1.82% 1,508 38.74% 3,893
Buena Vista City 990 70.26% 373 26.47% 46 3.26% 617 43.79% 1,409
Charlottesville City 7,935 59.42% 5,240 39.24% 178 1.33% 2,695 20.18% 13,353
Chesapeake City 17,722 67.95% 7,289 27.95% 1,069 4.10% 10,433 40.00% 26,080
Clifton Forge City 1,127 63.17% 575 32.23% 82 4.60% 552 30.94% 1,784
Colonial Heights City 5,304 87.99% 541 8.97% 183 3.04% 4,763 79.01% 6,028
Covington City 1,910 63.71% 948 31.62% 140 4.67% 962 32.09% 2,998
Danville City 12,463 73.68% 4,148 24.52% 305 1.80% 8,315 49.15% 16,916
Emporia City 1,340 68.82% 565 29.02% 42 2.16% 775 39.80% 1,947
Fairfax City 5,063 67.73% 2,274 30.42% 138 1.85% 2,789 37.31% 7,475
Falls Church City 2,967 60.02% 1,895 38.34% 81 1.64% 1,072 21.69% 4,943
Franklin City 1,416 64.98% 738 33.87% 25 1.15% 678 31.12% 2,179
Fredericksburg City 3,211 64.53% 1,702 34.20% 63 1.27% 1,509 30.33% 4,976
Galax City 1,497 72.63% 524 25.42% 40 1.94% 973 47.21% 2,061
Hampton City 21,897 65.49% 10,648 31.85% 890 2.66% 11,249 33.64% 33,435
Harrisonburg City 3,626 77.26% 992 21.14% 75 1.60% 2,634 56.13% 4,693
Hopewell City 5,229 75.88% 1,485 21.55% 177 2.57% 3,744 54.33% 6,891
Lexington City 1,345 64.98% 695 33.57% 30 1.45% 650 31.40% 2,070
Lynchburg City 13,259 74.11% 4,208 23.52% 423 2.36% 9,051 50.59% 17,890
Martinsville City 3,879 61.32% 2,292 36.23% 155 2.45% 1,587 25.09% 6,326
Newport News City 27,169 67.40% 12,233 30.35% 910 2.26% 14,936 37.05% 40,312
Norfolk City 38,385 57.97% 25,737 38.87% 2,095 3.16% 12,648 19.10% 66,217
Norton City 823 62.68% 463 35.26% 27 2.06% 360 27.42% 1,313
Petersburg City 6,710 55.67% 5,156 42.78% 187 1.55% 1,554 12.89% 12,053
Portsmouth City 20,090 58.49% 13,124 38.21% 1,136 3.31% 6,966 20.28% 34,350
Radford City 2,577 68.68% 1,121 29.88% 54 1.44% 1,456 38.81% 3,752
Richmond City 46,244 57.59% 33,055 41.16% 1,003 1.25% 13,189 16.42% 80,302
Roanoke City 18,541 64.67% 9,498 33.13% 632 2.20% 9,043 31.54% 28,671
Salem City 5,649 74.79% 1,744 23.09% 160 2.12% 3,905 51.70% 7,553
South Boston City 1,865 71.59% 709 27.22% 31 1.19% 1,156 44.38% 2,605
Staunton City 5,531 78.25% 1,416 20.03% 121 1.71% 4,115 58.22% 7,068
Suffolk City 2,137 69.54% 898 29.22% 38 1.24% 1,239 40.32% 3,073
Virginia Beach City 38,074 76.56% 10,373 20.86% 1,286 2.59% 27,701 55.70% 49,733
Waynesboro City 4,163 77.75% 1,061 19.82% 130 2.43% 3,102 57.94% 5,354
Williamsburg City 1,786 57.46% 1,274 40.99% 48 1.54% 512 16.47% 3,108
Winchester City 4,647 75.55% 1,418 23.05% 86 1.40% 3,229 52.50% 6,151
Totals 982,726 67.91% 434,958 30.06% 29,369 2.03% 547,768 37.85% 1,447,053

References

  1. ^ David Leip's U.S. Election Atlas; 1972 Presidential Election Statistics
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; 'How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century'; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  3. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1972election.pdf

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