George S. McGovern, Democratic nominee who lost to Nixon in ’72, dies at 90

Former presidential nominee and Sen. GeorgeMcGovern arriving for the funeral Mass for R. Sargent Shriver at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Md., on Jan. 22, 2011. McGovern died Sunday at age 90. (CLIFF OWEN/AP)

George S. McGovern, the three-term senator from South Dakota who carried the Democratic Party’s liberal banner in the Vietnam War era, launched a star-crossed bid for the presidency in 1972, and energized many of the leading Democrats of the past generation, died Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was 90.

Family spokesman Steve Hildebrand confirmed the death to the Associated Press. The cause was not disclosed.

Read the full obituary here.

Read Bob Dole on the “man who never gave up.”

Read how McGovern’s candidacy was a landmark for counterculture.

See photos of McGovern’s life here.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.



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