Nomination and Elections
In 1968, Richard Nixon was chosen on the first ballot as the Republican candidate for president with Spiro Agnew as his vice president. The campaign centered on ending the war in Vietnam and dealing with taxes and inflation at home. Nixon defeated both Democrat Hubert Humphrey and American Independent George Wallace with 43 percent of the popular vote and 301 electoral votes.
In 1972, President Nixon was the obvious choice for nomination by the Republicans with Agnew as his running mate again. This time, he was opposed by Democrat George McGovern, who was seen as representing the far left. Nixon did not spend much time campaigning yet he easily won with 61 percent of the popular vote and 520 out of 531 electoral votes.