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1968 United States  1976
Republican Party Presidential Primaries, 1972
1972
Nixon 30-0316a.jpg JohnMAshbrook.jpg Paul McCloskey.gif
Nominee Richard Nixon John M. Ashbrook Pete McCloskey
Party Republican Republican Republican
Home state California Ohio California
States carried 50 0 0
Popular vote 5,378,704 317,048 132,731
Percentage 86.92% 5.12% 2.15%
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Nixon won every statewide contest with a huge margin

Nixon was a popular incumbent president in 1972, as he seemed to have reached détente with China and USSR. He shrugged off the first glimmers of what, after the election, became the massive Watergate scandal.

Polls showed that Nixon had a strong lead. He was challenged by two minor candidates, liberal Pete McCloskey of California and conservative John Ashbrook of Ohio. McCloskey ran as an anti-war and anti-Nixon candidate, while Ashbrook opposed Nixon's détente policies towards the China and the Soviet Union. In the New Hampshire primary McCloskey's platform of peace garnered 11% of the vote to Nixon's 83%, with Ashbrook receiving 6%.

Nixon won 1323 of the 1324 delegates to the GOP convention, with McCloskey receiving the vote of one delegate from New Mexico.

Candidates

Statewide contests by winner

Richard Nixon John Ashbrook Pete McCloskey
March 7 New Hampshire 68% 10% 20%
March 14 Florida 87% 9% 4%
March 21 Illinois 97% 1% 0%
April 4 Wisconsin 97% 1% 1%
April 25 Massachusetts 81% 4% 13%
April 25 Pennsylvania 83% 0% 0%
May 2 Indiana 100% 0% 0%
May 2 Ohio 100% 0% 0%
May 4 Tennessee 96% 2% 2%
May 6 North Carolina 95% 0% 5%
May 9 Nebraska 92% 3% 5%
May 16 Maryland 86% 6% 8%
May 16 Michigan 96% 0% 3%
May 23 Oregon 82% 6% 10%
May 23 Rhode Island 88% 3% 6%
June 6 California 90% 10% 0%
June 6 New Mexico 88% 0% 6%
June 6 South Dakota 100% 0% 0%

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