1972 United States House of Representatives election in the District of Columbia

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United States House of Representatives election in the District of Columbia, 1972

← 1971 November 7, 1972 1974 →
  Walter Fauntroy.jpg No image.svg No image.svg
Candidate Walter E. Fauntroy William Chin-Lee Charles I. Cassell
Party Democratic Republican D.C. Statehood Green
Popular vote 95,300 39,487 18,730
Percentage 60.64% 25.12% 11.92%

Delegate before election

Walter E. Fauntroy

Elected Delegate

Walter E. Fauntroy

Map of the District of Columbia At-Large district.

The 1972 congressional election for the Delegate from the District of Columbia was held on November 7, 1972. The winner of the race was Walter E. Fauntroy (D), who won his first re-election after winning the special election in the previous year. All elected members would serve in 93rd United States Congress.

The non-voting delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia is elected for two-year terms, as are all other Representatives and Delegates minus the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who is elected to a four-year term.


Walter E. Fauntroy, a Democrat, sought re-election for his second term to the United States House of Representatives. Fauntroy was opposed in this election by Republican challenger William Chin-Lee who received 25.12%, and Statehood Party candidate Charles I. Cassell who received 11.92%. This resulted in Fauntroy being elected with 60.64% of the vote.


D.C. At Large Congressional District Election (1972)[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter E. Fauntroy (Incumbent) 95,300 60.64
Republican William Chin-Lee 39,487 25.12
D.C. Statehood Green Charles I. Cassell 18,730 11.92
Independent David H. Dabney 2,514 1.60
Socialist Workers Herman Fagg 1,133 0.72
Total votes 157,164 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electioninfo/1972election.pdf
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