In recent weeks, we’ve looked at some of the past state primaries in Georgia.
In this week’s column, I wanted to touch on one of the more interesting presidential primaries which is still talked about today, more than 40 years after it happened.
In 1972, Richard Nixon was the president and was preparing to run for a second term. He had survived the 1968 race by defeating Democrat Hubert Humphrey as well as Alabama governor George Wallace, who mounted a third-party bid for the White House. Wallace actually won five states in 1968 and is the last non-major party candidate to do so. He was close to carrying a few more states which would have kept any candidate from claiming the necessary amount of electoral votes.