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McGovern, George

[(muh-guv-uhrn)]

A political leader of the twentieth century, who, after representing South Dakota in the Senate, lost the presidential election of 1972 to President Richard Nixon. McGovern, a liberal Democrat, was an outspoken opponent of the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War.

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In the election of 1972, McGovern received majorities only in Massachusetts and in the District of Columbia.
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