1972 Election Cycle
Republican President Richard Nixon carried Minnesota by 5.5 points in what was the most narrowly decided presidential election across the country.
The DFL did pick up a seat on the Public Service Commission when former Governor Karl Rolvaag unseated P.K. Peterson. Following the 1972 election, seats on the Public Service Commission were filled via gubernatorial appointment.
U.S. Senator Walter Mondale emerged unscathed by the Nixon landslide with a double-digit win en route to a third term in the chamber.
All eight members of the U.S. House delegation – four Republicans and four DFLers – won reelection this cycle.
Associate Justices C. Donald Peterson and Fallon Kelly were each reelected to the Supreme Court without opposition.