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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1972: The Youth Vote

The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution enfranchised 18-to-20 year-olds. CWRU Students for McGovern sought donations for window cards, to be put in the windows of student dormitory rooms. Former faculty member (School of Medicine 1955-1965) Dr. Benjamin Spock, was the presidential candidate of the People’s Party.

A rally for McGovern was held on campus (below).
Socialist Workers vice presidential candidate Andrew Pulley spoke on campus.
The student yearbook featured coverage of the McGovern visit to Cleveland State University. Actor Jack Nicholson also visited the CWRU campus in support of McGovern.
The University sponsored lectures by three distinguished congressmen.
The mock political convention was held once again.

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Richard M. Nixon (R) 2,441,827 (59.6%)
George S. McGovern (D) 1,558,889 (38.1%)
John G. Schmitz (American Independent) 80,067 (2%)
Louis Fisher (Socialist Workers) 7.107 (.2%)
Gus Hall (Communist) 6,437 (.2%)
Edward A. Wallace 460
Richard M. Nixon (R) 47,170,179 (60.69%)
George S. McGovern (D) 29,171,791 (37.53%)
John G. Schmitz (American Independent) 1,098,670 (1.4%)
Benjamin Spock (People’s) 78,751 (.1%)
Louis Fisher (Socialist Workers) 53,811 (.07%)
Gus Hall (Communist) 25,343 (.03%)
Edward A. Wallace 460
Richard M. Nixon (R) 520
George S. McGovern (D) 17
John Hospers (Libertarian) 1

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, September 2004.