1972 United States presidential election in New Mexico

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United States presidential election in New Mexico, 1972

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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 4 0
Popular vote 235,606 141,084
Percentage 61.1% 36.6%

President before election

Richard Nixon
Republican

Elected President

Richard Nixon
Republican

The 1972 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 7, 1972. This was the fifteenth Presidential Election which New Mexico participated in.

All fifty states plus The District of Columbia, were part of this presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for the President and Vice President. South Dakota Senator George McGovern was nominated to run against Nixon, and was defeated in one of the most lopsided elections in United States history. McGovern lost every state except Massachusetts to Nixon.[1]

New Mexico was won by President Richard Nixon by a 24-point landslide. McGovern won only two counties: he comfortably won Rio Arriba County by 12.6 percentage points, and also won San Miguel County by 2.5 percentage points.[2] The 1972 election remains the last when Santa Fe, Taos or Mora Counties provided a Republican majority or plurality,[3] and Nixon won Mora County by a mere thirty votes. At the other extreme, solidly Republican Lea County in the Plains region was won by Nixon by 55.4 percent, and Lincoln County, which had not voted Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt’s 1936 landslide,[3] by 55.9 percent.

Results[edit]

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral
vote
Running mate
Count Percentage Vice-presidential candidate Home state Electoral vote
Richard Nixon Republican California 235,606 61.05% 4 Spiro Agnew Maryland 4
George McGovern Democratic South Dakota 141,084 36.56% 0 R. Sargent Shriver Maryland 0
John G. Schmitz American Independent California 8,767 2.27% 0 Thomas J. Anderson Tennessee 0
Linda Jenness Socialist Workers Georgia 474 0.12% 0 Andrew Pulley Illinois 0
Total 385,931 100% 4 4
Needed to win 270 270

Results by county[edit]

Richard Milhous Nixon
Republican
George Stanley McGovern
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin
County % # % # % # % #
Lincoln 77.07% 2,528 21.22% 696 1.71% 56 55.85% 1,832
Lea 76.41% 12,478 21.00% 3,429 2.60% 424 55.41% 9,049
Curry 75.85% 8,392 21.84% 2,416 2.31% 256 54.01% 5,976
Catron 73.49% 829 24.02% 271 2.48% 28 49.47% 558
Union 72.50% 1,545 23.28% 496 4.22% 90 49.23% 1,049
Roosevelt 73.03% 4,727 24.90% 1,612 2.07% 134 48.12% 3,115
De Baca 71.82% 752 25.79% 270 2.39% 25 46.04% 482
Quay 71.30% 3,224 25.67% 1,161 3.03% 137 45.62% 2,063
Chaves 70.87% 11,493 26.49% 4,296 2.63% 427 44.38% 7,197
San Juan 67.55% 10,788 26.90% 4,296 5.55% 886 40.65% 6,492
Harding 68.68% 522 28.95% 220 2.37% 18 39.74% 302
Otero 65.91% 7,033 27.94% 2,981 6.15% 656 37.98% 4,052
Sierra 67.47% 2,074 30.38% 934 2.15% 66 37.09% 1,140
Los Alamos 66.09% 5,039 31.94% 2,435 1.97% 150 34.16% 2,604
Eddy 64.65% 9,921 32.84% 5,040 2.51% 385 31.81% 4,881
Torrance 64.54% 1,758 33.33% 908 2.13% 58 31.20% 850
Luna 63.25% 2,958 33.35% 1,560 3.40% 159 29.89% 1,398
Hidalgo 63.43% 1,051 33.92% 562 2.66% 44 29.51% 489
Bernalillo 60.80% 79,993 37.06% 48,753 2.14% 2,816 23.75% 31,240
Doña Ana 59.76% 14,562 38.64% 9,416 1.59% 388 21.12% 5,146
Colfax 57.88% 2,663 40.32% 1,855 1.80% 83 17.56% 808
Valencia 56.09% 8,239 41.60% 6,110 2.31% 339 14.49% 2,129
Socorro 56.19% 2,658 42.16% 1,994 1.65% 78 14.04% 664
Santa Fe 52.53% 12,211 46.29% 10,761 1.18% 274 6.24% 1,450
Grant 50.46% 4,431 46.48% 4,081 3.06% 269 3.99% 350
Guadalupe 51.37% 1,297 47.60% 1,202 1.03% 26 3.76% 95
Sandoval 50.25% 3,507 47.18% 3,293 2.56% 179 3.07% 214
McKinley 49.74% 5,366 47.49% 5,124 2.77% 299 2.24% 242
Taos 50.49% 3,617 48.46% 3,472 1.05% 75 2.02% 145
Mora 50.26% 1,165 48.96% 1,135 0.78% 18 1.29% 30
San Miguel 47.71% 4,434 50.18% 4,663 2.11% 196 -2.46% -229
Rio Arriba 42.68% 4,351 55.34% 5,642 1.98% 202 -12.66% -1,291

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results – New Mexico". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. ^ Dave Leip’s Atlas of US Presidential Elections; 1972 Presidential General Election Data Graphs – New Mexico by County
  3. ^ a b Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016