1972 United States presidential election in Louisiana

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United States presidential election in Louisiana, 1972

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Nominee Richard Nixon George McGovern
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California South Dakota
Running mate Spiro Agnew Sargent Shriver
Electoral vote 10 0
Popular vote 686,852 298,142
Percentage 65.32% 28.35%

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Parish Results

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1972 United States presidential election in Louisiana took place on November 7, 1972. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Louisiana voters chose ten electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Louisiana was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Richard Nixon of California and his running mate Vice President Spiro Agnew of Maryland. Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic nominees, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and his running mate U.S. Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland.

Nixon carried Louisiana with 65.32 percent of the vote to McGovern's 28.35 percent, a victory margin of 36.97 percent. In a state that would reflect McGovern's national results, the Democratic candidate only won one parish (West Feliciana) in Louisiana. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election when Iberville Parish, Madison Parish, St. James Parish, St. Helena Parish, and East Carroll Parish voted for a Republican presidential candidate.[1] This is also the last time the city of New Orleans has voted Republican.

With 4.95% of the popular vote, Louisiana would prove to be American Independent Party candidate John G. Schmitz fifth strongest state after Idaho, Alaska, Utah and Oregon.[2]

Statewide Results

General election results [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon 686,852 65.32%
Democratic George McGovern 298,142 28.35%
American Independent John G. Schmitz 52,099 4.95%
Socialist Workers Linda Jenness 14,398 1.37%
Total votes 1,051,491 100%


  1. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  2. ^ "1972 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ Dave Leip. "1972 Presidential General Election Results – Louisiana". Dave Leip’s U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 2018-02-06.

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