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Sanders Gets Thumped Worse Than McGovern

In modern times, the exemplar for losing leftwing Democrats in a presidential election is the 1972 matchup between Richard Nixon (R) and George McGovern (D). Tricky Dick stomped McGovern in the election that November. McGovern has been held up as a cautionary tale ever since to show why Democrats must be center-right in order to win.