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1972 Illinois gubernatorial election

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1972 Illinois gubernatorial election

← 1968 November 7, 1972 1976 →
 
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Nominee Dan Walker Richard B. Ogilvie
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Neil Hartigan James D. Nowlan
Popular vote 2,371,303 2,293,809
Percentage 50.7% 49.0%

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County Results
Walker:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Ogilvie:      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Richard B. Ogilvie
Republican

Elected Governor

Dan Walker
Democratic

The Illinois gubernatorial election of 1972 was held in Illinois on November 7, 1972. The Republican nominee, incumbent Governor Richard B. Ogilvie lost reelection to the Democratic candidate, Dan Walker.

Results

1972 gubernatorial election, Illinois[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dan Walker 2,372,313 50.68 +2.31
Republican Richard B. Ogilvie (incumbent) 2,293,809 49.02 -2.19
Socialist Labor George LaForest 7,966 0.17 -0.26
Communist Ishmael Flory 4,592 0.10 N/A
N/A write-ins 1,373 0.03 N/A
Majority 77,494 1.66 -1.18
Turnout 4,679,043
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

Democratic Primary

The Primary was held on March 21, 1972. In an upset, Dan Walker won a close primary against then-Lt. Governor Paul Simon.

1972 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Illinois[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dan Walker 735,193 51.41 N/A
Democratic Paul Simon 694,900 48.59 N/A
Majority 40,923 2.82
Turnout 1,430,093

Republican primary

The Republican primary was also held on March 21. Ogilvie won renomination easily. His main rival, John M. Mathis was a favorite son of the Peoria area, and fared poorly elsewhere.

1972 Republican gubernatorial primary, Illinois[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Richard B. Ogilvie (incumbent) 442,323 75.54 N/A
Republican John M. Mathis 143,053 24.43 N/A
Republican write-ins 201 0.03 N/A
Majority 299,270 51.11
Turnout 585,577

References

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