Richard Nixon stated in his acceptance speech: The critics contend that it is unfair, so corrupt, so unjust that we should tear it down and substitute something else in its place. I totally disagree, I believe in the American system. Both Senators were considered more moderate than McGovern.
United States presidential election ofAmerican presidential election held on Nov. Nixon was elected to a second term, defeating Democrat George McGovern in one of the largest landslides in U.
Primary campaign The Democratic campaign In January McGovern announced his candidacy for the presidential election. Edmund Muskie of Maine. A victory there, they hoped, would provide the momentum necessary to capture the nomination. McGovern addressing the Democratic National Convention after his presidential nomination, Archive Photos Early on, Muskie lined up leading Democratic politicians to endorse him, including Gov.
Harold Hughes; and Pennsylvania Gov. Muskie ran an exhausting campaign that stretched his energies and resources thin. Through January and Februaryhe shuttled between New Hampshire, FloridaWisconsin and all the other necessary stops.
On February 26, in New Hampshire, the pressure began to tell. The spectacle badly dented the image Muskie had tried all year to present—that of a calm, trustworthy, serene candidate.
When New Hampshire voted on March 7, Muskie won the hollowest of victories, 46 percent of the vote, far below the predicted 65 percent. McGovern, reaping the benefit of his early start and vigorous organization, was close behind with 37 percent. In Florida the Democratic battle turned over the issue of busing.
In January a U. District Court judge merged school districts in Richmond, Va. George Wallace of Alabamaan opponent of federally ordered integrationentered the Florida primary and focused squarely on the issue.
Reubin Askew campaigned statewide against having an antibusing referendum placed on the presidential primary ballot by the Florida legislature. Lacking the votes in the legislature to keep the antibusing question off the ballot, Askew managed to have another question added: Vance Hartke of IndianaRep.
Senator Muskie and Sen. Humphrey of Minnesota bobbed and weaved on the issue. Only Wallace and Sen. Jackson of Washington spoke out squarely against busing. As the race grew more intense, political observers began to doubt that, with 11 names on the Democratic ballot, anyone could win a clear victory.
Senator Humphrey was second, with 18 percent, and got the few remaining delegates. Senator Jackson received 13 percent, just enough to convince him not to withdraw from the race.
Muskie, with 9 percent, lost his front-runner status. McGovern, who had written off Florida early, finished with 6 percent.
The antibusing referendum passed by 75 percent, and the equal-opportunity ballot question passed with 79 percent approval. The Muskie campaign limped on to Wisconsin for its April 4 primary.
With busing receding from importance, property tax became central, particularly for the Wallace and McGovern campaigns. Muskie finished a distant fourth with 10 percent. The Wisconsin vote finished the candidacy of Lindsay.
Their plan called next for intensive work in Massachusettsconsidered the most liberal state in the country, where they could expect courtesy if not outright public support from Sen.
On April 25 the strategies of both Humphrey and McGovern paid off, and the hopes of Senator Muskie were crushed between them. Muskie then withdrew from the campaign.United States presidential election of , American presidential election held on Nov.
7, , in which Republican Pres. Richard M. Nixon was elected to a second term, defeating Democrat George McGovern in one of the largest landslides in U.S. history. Nixon received almost 18 million more votes than McGovern, and he holds the record for the widest popular vote margin in any United States presidential election.
The presidential election was the first since the ratification of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to The United States presidential election of , the 47th quadrennial presidential election, was held on Tuesday, November 7, Incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon defeated Democratic Senator George McGovern of South Dakota.
The George McGovern presidential campaign of began when United States Senator George McGovern from South Dakota launched his second candidacy for the Presidency of the United States in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to win the presidential election, winning only in the state of Massachusetts.
McGovern vied to become the first South Dakota native to become president.
The United States presidential election in Texas was held on November 7, Incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon overwhelmingly won the state of Texas with percent of the vote,  to the Democratic Party candidate George McGovern ’s percent, thus giving him the state’s 26 electoral votes.
Election of Nixon Leads the Way The Election of completed the reversal of Republican and Democratic fortunes from , when the Democrats had delivered to the Republican Party such a crushing blow that some observers questioned whether the two-party system would continue.