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George McGovern was born July 19, 1922. He served in the House of Representatives and was a senator for three terms. McGovern was a South Dakota native who, in 1972, was campaigning for the second time for the presidential candidacy. He, with running mate Sargent Shriver, did win the democratic nomination and was up against Republican Richard Nixon with running mate Spiro Agnew. At the time the race had the lowest turnout since 1948 with fifty-five percent of eligible voters voting in the election. The democratic pairing lost the race to Nixon.