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United States Presidential Election, 1972 (Dewey Defeats Truman)

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1968 Flag of the United States 1976
United States presidential election, 1972
November 7, 1972
Turnout 55.2%
President Muskie 41 Nelson Rockefeller 3x4
Nominee Edmund Muskie Nelson Rockefeller
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Maine New York
Running mate Henry Jackson George Romney
Electoral vote 520 17
States carried 49 1+DC
Percentage 60.7% 37.5%

The United States presidential election of 1972 was the 47th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 7, 1972. Edmund Muskie, the Democratic nominee, defeated incumbent Nelson Rockefeller, the Republican nominee, in the largest electoral landslide in American history.

Muskie's victory ushered in sixteen years of Democratic victories, a run not seen since the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration. The increasingly hardline Democratic anticommunism, particularly in the person of running mate Henry Jackson, and in the light of unrest in Asia, was seen as the deciding factor in Muskie's massive win.

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