George McGovern Speaking, Los Angeles, 1972. The U.S. presidential election of 1972 was waged on the issues of civil rights and the Vietnam War. George Wallace, the popular segregationist governor of Alabama, ran a race-based campaign for the Democratic nomination, but saw his chances for nomination end when he was shot in May. The Democratic nomination was eventually won by George McGovern who ran an anti-war campaign against incumbent President Richard M. Nixon.
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