1972 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1972

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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 50.7% 49.0%

Governor before election

Richard B. Ogilvie
Republican

Elected Governor

Dan Walker
Democratic

A Gubernatorial election was held in Illinois on November 7, 1972. Incumbent Republican Governor Richard B. Ogilvie lost reelection to Democrat Dan Walker

Results

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

References

  1. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=121502
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=121624
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=384833
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