1972 United States presidential election in Tennessee

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United States presidential election in Tennessee, 1972

← 1968 November 7, 1972[1] 1976 →
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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 813,147 357,293
Percentage 67.7% 29.8%

President before election

Richard Nixon

Elected President

Richard Nixon

The 1972 United States presidential election in Tennessee took place on November 7, 1972, as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Tennessee voters chose ten[2] representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

Tennessee was won by incumbent President Richard Nixon (RCalifornia), with 67.70% of the popular vote, against George McGovern (DSouth Dakota), with 29.75% of the popular vote.[3][4] John G. Schmitz was the only other candidate on the ballot, and, as the candidate for the American Independent Party, he received over 30,000 votes.

Stewart, Houston, Perry, Lewis, and Jackson counties were the only five of Tennessee's ninety-five counties to vote for McGovern; as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the best showing of any Republican candidate in the state. This is also the last election in which Haywood County voted for the Republican candidate.


United States presidential election in Tennessee, 1972
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Nixon (inc.) 813,147 67.70%
Democratic George McGovern 357,293 29.75%
American Independent John G. Schmitz 30,373 2.53%
Write-in 369 0.03%
Total votes 1,201,182 100%


  1. ^ "United States Presidential election of 1972 - Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "1972 Election for the Forty-Seventh Term (1973-77)". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "1972 Presidential General Election Results - Tennessee". Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "The American Presidency Project - Election of 1972". Retrieved January 8, 2017.