United States Senate elections, 1968

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United States Senate elections, 1968
United States
← 1966 November 5, 1968 1970 →

34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate
51 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Michael Joseph Mansfield.jpg EverettDirksen.jpg
Leader Mike Mansfield Everett Dirksen
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Montana Illinois
Seats before 63 37
Seats after 58 42
Seat change Decrease 5 Increase 5
Popular vote 24,976,660 23,588,832
Percentage 49.3% 46.5%
Swing Increase 1.4% Decrease 4.5%
Seats up 23 11
Races won 18 16

US 1968 senate election map.svg
Results, with special elections
     Democratic gain      Democratic hold
     Republican gain      Republican hold

Majority Leader before election

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

Elected Majority Leader

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

The United States Senate elections, 1968 were elections for the United States Senate which coincided with the presidential election. Although Richard Nixon won the presidential election narrowly, the Republicans picked up five net seats in the Senate. Republicans would gain another seat after the election when Alaska Republican Ted Stevens was appointed to replace Democrat Bob Bartlett.

Incumbents who retired

Democratic hold

  1. Alabama: J. Lister Hill (D) was replaced by James Allen (D).

Democratic gain

  1. Iowa: Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R) was replaced by Harold Hughes (D).

Republican holds

  1. Kansas: Frank Carlson (R) was replaced by Bob Dole (R).
  2. Kentucky: Thruston Ballard Morton (R) was replaced by Marlow W. Cook (R).

Republican gains

  1. Arizona: Carl Hayden (D) was replaced by Barry Goldwater (R), who gave up Arizona's other Senate seat in 1964 to run for president.
  2. Florida: George Smathers (D) was replaced by Edward J. Gurney (R), the first Republican to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.

Incumbents who lost their seats

Democratic holds

  1. Alaska: Ernest Gruening (D) lost renomination to Mike Gravel (D), who later won the general election.
  2. Missouri: Edward V. Long (D) lost renomination to Thomas Eagleton (D), who later won the general election.

Democratic gain

  1. California: Thomas Kuchel (R) lost renomination to Max Rafferty (R), who later lost the general election to Alan Cranston (D).

Republican gains

  1. Maryland: Daniel Brewster (D) lost re-election to Charles Mathias, Jr. (R)
  2. Ohio: Frank J. Lausche (D) lost renomination to John J. Gilligan (D), who later lost the general election to William B. Saxbe (R).
  3. Oklahoma: A. S. Mike Monroney (D), lost re-election to Henry Bellmon (R).
  4. Oregon: Wayne Morse (D), lost re-election to Bob Packwood (R).
  5. Pennsylvania: Joseph S. Clark (D), lost re-election to Richard Schweiker (R).

Later change

Republican gain

  1. Alaska: Bob Bartlett (D) died December 11, 1968 and Ted Stevens (R) was appointed December 24, 1968.

Change in Senate composition

Before the elections

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
D20 D19 D18 D17 D16 D15 D14 D13 D12 D11
D21 D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28 D29 D30
D40 D39 D38 D37 D36 D35 D34 D33 D32 D31
D41
Ran
D42
Ran
D43
Ran
D44
Ran
D45
Ran
D46
Ran
D47
Ran
D48
Ran
D49
Ran
D50
Ran
Majority → D51
Ran
D60
Ran
D59
Ran
D58
Ran
D57
Ran
D56
Ran
D55
Ran
D54
Ran
D53
Ran
D52
Ran
D61
Retired
D62
Retired
D63
Retired
R37
Retired
R36
Retired
R35
Retired
R34
Ran
R33
Ran
R32
Ran
R31
Ran
R21 R22 R23 R24 R25 R26 R27
Ran
R28
Ran
R29
Ran
R30
Ran
R20 R19 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10

After the general elections

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
D20 D19 D18 D17 D16 D15 D14 D13 D12 D11
D21 D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28 D29 D30
D40 D39 D38 D37 D36 D35 D34 D33 D32 D31
D41
Re-elected
D42
Re-elected
D43
Re-elected
D44
Re-elected
D45
Re-elected
D46
Re-elected
D47
Re-elected
D48
Re-elected
D49
Re-elected
D50
Re-elected
Majority → D51
Re-elected
R41
Gain
R42
Gain
D58
Gain
D57
Gain
D56
Hold
D55
Hold
D54
Hold
D53
Re-elected
D52
Re-elected
R40
Gain
R39
Gain
R38
Gain
R37
Gain
R36
Gain
R35
Hold
R34
Hold
R33
Re-elected
R32
Re-elected
R31
Re-elected
R21 R22 R23 R24 R25 R26 R27
Re-elected
R28
Re-elected
R29
Re-elected
R30
Re-elected
R20 R19 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10

Beginning of the next Congress

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
D20 D19 D18 D17 D16 D15 D14 D13 D12 D11
D21 D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28 D29 D30
D40 D39 D38 D37 D36 D35 D34 D33 D32 D31
D41 D42 D43 D44 D45 D46 D47 D48 D49 D50
Majority → D51
R41 R42 R43
gain
D57 D56 D55 D54 D53 D52
R40 R39 R38 R37 R36 R35 R34 R33 R32 R31
R21 R22 R23 R24 R25 R26 R27 R28 R29 R30
R20 R19 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10
Key:
D# Democratic
R# Republican

Race summary

Elections leading to the next Congress

In these general elections, the winners were elected for the term beginning January 3, 1969; ordered by state.

All of the elections involved the Class 3 seats.

State
(linked to
summaries below)
Incumbent Results Candidates
Senator Party Electoral history
Alabama J. Lister Hill Democratic 1938 (Appointed)
1938
1944
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
James Allen (Democratic) 70.0%
Perry O. Hooper, Sr. (Republican) 22.1%
Robert Schwenn (Independent) 8.0%
Alaska Ernest Gruening Democratic 1958
1962
Incumbent lost renomination.
Incumbent lost re-election as a Democratic write-in.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
Mike Gravel (Democratic) 45.1%
Elmer E. Rasmuson (Republican) 37.4%
Ernest Gruening (Democratic Write-In) 17.4%
Arizona Carl Hayden Democratic 1926
1932
1938
1944
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Barry Goldwater (Republican) 57.2%
Roy Elson (Democratic) 42.8%
Arkansas J. William Fulbright Democratic 1944
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. J. William Fulbright (Democratic) 59.2%
Charles T. Bernard (Republican) 40.9%
California Thomas Kuchel Republican 1953 (Appointed)
1954 (Special)
1956
1962
Incumbent lost renomination.
New senator elected.
Democratic gain.
Alan Cranston (Democratic) 51.8%
Max Rafferty (Republican) 46.9%
Paul Jacobs (Peace & Freedom) 1.3%
Colorado Peter H. Dominick Republican 1962 Incumbent re-elected. Peter H. Dominick (Republican) 58.6%
Stephen L.R. McNichols (Democratic) 41.5%
Connecticut Abraham A. Ribicoff Democratic 1962 Incumbent re-elected. Abraham A. Ribicoff (Democratic) 54.3%
Edwin H. May, Jr. (Republican) 45.7%
Florida George Smathers Democratic 1950
1956
1962
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Edward J. Gurney (Republican) 55.9%
LeRoy Collins (Democratic) 44.1%
Georgia Herman Talmadge Democratic 1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Herman Talmadge (Democratic) 77.5%
E. Earl Patton (Republican) 22.5%
Hawaii Daniel Inouye Democratic 1962 Incumbent re-elected. Daniel Inouye (Democratic) 83.4%
Wayne C. Thiessen (Republican) 15.0%
Idaho Frank Church Democratic 1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Frank Church (Democratic) 60.3%
George V. Hansen (Republican) 39.7%
Illinois Everett Dirksen Republican 1950
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Everett Dirksen (Republican) 53.0%
William G. Clark (Democratic) 46.6%
Indiana Birch Bayh Democratic 1962 Incumbent re-elected. Birch Bayh (Democratic) 51.7%
William Ruckelshaus (Republican) 48.2%
Iowa Bourke B. Hickenlooper Republican 1944
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Democratic gain.
Harold Hughes (Democratic) 50.3%
David M. Stanley (Republican) 49.7%
Kansas Frank Carlson Republican 1950 (Special)
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican hold.
Bob Dole (Republican) 60.1%
William I. Robinson (Democratic) 38.7%
Kentucky Thruston B. Morton Republican 1956
1962
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican hold.
Marlow W. Cook (Republican) 51.4%
Katherine Peden (Democratic) 47.6%
Louisiana Russell B. Long Democratic 1948 (Special)
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Russell B. Long (Democratic)
Unopposed
Maryland Daniel Brewster Democratic 1962 Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Charles Mathias, Jr. (Republican) 47.8%
Daniel Brewster (Democratic) 39.1%
George P. Mahoney (American Independent) 13.1%
Missouri Edward V. Long Democratic 1960 (Appointed)
1960 (Special)
1962
Incumbent lost renomination.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
Thomas Eagleton (Democratic) 51.1%
Thomas B. Curtis (Republican) 48.9%
Nevada Alan Bible Democratic 1954 (Special)
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Alan Bible (Democratic) 54.8%
Edward Fike (Republican) 45.2%
New Hampshire Norris Cotton Republican 1954 (Special)
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Norris Cotton (Republican) 59.3%
John W. King (Democratic) 40.7%
New York Jacob K. Javits Republican 1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Jacob K. Javits (Republican) 49.7%
Paul O'Dwyer (Democratic) 32.7%
James L. Buckley (Conservative) 17.3%
North Carolina Sam Ervin Democratic 1954 (Special)
1954 (Appointed)
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Sam Ervin (Democratic) 60.6%
Robert V. Somers (Republican) 39.4%
North Dakota Milton Young Republican 1945 (Appointed)
1946 (Special)
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Milton Young (Republican) 64.6%
Herschel Lashkowitz (Democratic) 33.7%
Ohio Frank J. Lausche Democratic 1956
1962
Incumbent lost renomination.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
William B. Saxbe (Republican) 51.5%
John J. Gilligan (Democratic) 48.5%
Oklahoma Mike Monroney Democratic 1950
1956
1962
Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Henry Bellmon (Republican) 51.7%
Mike Monroney (Democratic) 46.2%
Oregon Wayne Morse Democratic 1944
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Bob Packwood (Republican) 50.2%
Wayne Morse (Democratic) 49.8%
Pennsylvania Joseph S. Clark Democratic 1956
1962
Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Richard Schweiker (Republican) 51.9%
Joseph S. Clark (Democratic) 45.8%
South Carolina Ernest Hollings Democratic 1966 (Special) Incumbent re-elected. Ernest Hollings (Democratic) 61.9%
Marshall Parker (Republican) 38.1%
South Dakota George McGovern Democratic 1962 Incumbent re-elected. George McGovern (Democratic) 56.8%
Archie M. Gubbrud (Republican) 43.2%
Utah Wallace F. Bennett Republican 1950
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Wallace F. Bennett (Republican) 53.7%
Milton N. Wellenmann (Democratic) 45.8%
Vermont George Aiken Republican 1940 (Special)
1944
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. George Aiken (Republican) 99.9%
Unopposed
Washington Warren Magnuson Democratic 1944 (Appointed)
1944
1950
1956
1962
Incumbent re-elected. Warren G. Magnuson (Democratic) 64.4%
Jack Metcalf (Republican) 35.3%
Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson Democratic 1962 Incumbent re-elected. Gaylord Nelson (Democratic) 61.7%
Jerris Leonard (Republican) 38.3%

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1968
Arizona
← 1962 November 5, 1968 1974 →
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Nominee Barry Goldwater Roy Elson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 274,607 205,338
Percentage 57.22% 42.78%

1968 Arizona.png
U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes counties won by Goldwater.
Blue denotes those won by Elson.

U.S. Senator before election

Carl Hayden
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Barry Goldwater
Republican

Incumbent Democrat Carl Hayden did not run for re-election to an eighth term, with his longtime staff member Roy Elson running as the Democratic Party nominee to replace him. Elson was defeated by a wide margin, however, by former U.S. Senator and Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Prior to Goldwater's election, the seat had been held for decades by the Democratic Party under Carl Hayden, and has thus far remained in Republican Party control since. Elson had previously challenged U.S. Senator Paul Fannin in 1964, when Goldwater vacated his seat in order to run for President against Lyndon B. Johnson.

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Elson,
Staff member to Senator Carl Hayden, 1964 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate
95,231 62.78%
Democratic Bob Kennedy,
State Treasurer of Arizona
41,397 27.29%
Total votes 136,628 100.00
United States Senate election in Arizona, 1968[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Barry Goldwater,
former U.S. Senator, 1964 Republican Party nominee for President of the United States
274,607 57.22%
Democratic Roy Elson 205,338 42.78%
Majority 69,269 14.44%
Turnout 479,945
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

U.S. Senate election in Illinois, 1968
Illinois
← 1962 November 5, 1968 1974 →
  EverettDirksen.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Everett Dirksen William G. Clark
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,358,947 2,073,242
Percentage 53.01% 46.59%

Senator before election

Everett Dirksen
Republican

Elected Senator

Everett Dirksen
Republican

Incumbent Republican and Minority Leader Everett Dirksen won re-election to his fourth term over William G. Clark (D), the Illinois Attorney General.

United States Senate election in Illinois, 1968[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Everett Dirksen (Incumbent) 2,358,947 53.01
Democratic William G. Clark 2,073,242 46.59
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 17,542 0.39
Independent Write-in candidates 26 0.00
Invalid or blank votes
Total votes 4,449,757 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Missouri

Nevada

New Hampshire

New York

U.S. Senate election in New York, 1968
New York (state)
← 1962 November 5, 1968 1974 →
  Jacob Javits.jpg No image.png JamesLBuckley.jpg
Nominee Jacob K. Javits Paul O'Dwyer James L. Buckley
Party Republican Democratic Conservative (N.Y.)
Popular vote 3,269,772 2,150,695 1,139,402
Percentage 49.68% 32.68% 17.31%

NewYorkSenatorial1968.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jacob K. Javits
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Jacob K. Javits
Republican

Incumbent Republican Jacob K. Javits won against Democratic challenger Paul O'Dwyer and Conservative Party challenger James L. Buckley in a three-way election.

While Javits did not face any challengers for the Republican nomination, he did face a minor one when seeking the Liberal Party of New York's nomination.

Liberal Party Primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Jacob K. Javits 10,277 72.14%
Liberal Murray Baron 3,969 27.86%
Total votes 14,246 100.00%
Democratic Party Primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paul O'Dwyer,
former New York City Councilman
275,877 36.14%
Democratic Eugene Nickerson,
Nassau County Executive
257,639 33.75%
Democratic Joseph Y. Resnick,
U.S. Representative
229,893 30.11%
Total votes 763,409 100.00%
General election results[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jacob K. Javits 2,810,836
Liberal Jacob K. Javits 458,936
Total Jacob K. Javits 3,269,772 49.68% -7.70%
Democratic Paul O'Dwyer 2,150,695 32.68% -7.46%
Conservative (N.Y.) James L. Buckley,
Attorney
1,139,402 17.31% +15.27%
Peace and Freedom Herman Ferguson 8,775 0.13% +0.13%
Socialist Labor John Emanuel 7,964 0.12% -0.02%
Socialist Workers Hedda Garza 4,979 0.08% -0.23%

North Carolina

U.S. Senate election in North Carolina, 1968
North Carolina
← 1962 November 5, 1968 1974 →
  Sam Ervin.jpg No image.png
Nominee Sam Ervin Robert Somers
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 870,406 566,834
Percentage 60.6% 39.4%

U.S. Senator before election

Sam Ervin
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Sam Ervin
Democratic

The general election was fought between the Democratic incumbent Sam Ervin and the Republican nominee Robert Somers. Ervin won re-election to a third full term, with over 60% of the vote.

The first round of the Primary Election was held on May 4, 1968.[7] The runoff for the Republican Party candidates took place on June 1.[8]

1968 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sam Ervin 499,392 82.12%
Democratic Charles Pratt 60,362 9.90%
Democratic John Gathings 48,357 7.95%
Turnout 608,111
Republican primary – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert Somers 48,351 36.63%
Republican J. L. Zimmerman 43,644 33.06%
Republican B. E. Sweatt 40,023 30.32%
Turnout 132,018
1968 North Carolina U.S. Senate Republican primary election – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert Somers 8,816 60.59%
Republican J. L. Zimmerman 5,734 39.41%
Turnout 14,550
1968 North Carolina U.S. Senate election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sam Ervin 870,406 60.56%
Republican Robert Somers 566,834 39.44%
Turnout 901,978

North Dakota

U.S. Senate election in North Dakota, 1968
North Dakota
← 1962 November 5, 1968 1974 →
  Milton Young.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Milton R. Young Herschel Lashkowitz
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 154,968 80,815
Percentage 64.79% 33.79%

U.S. Senator before election

Milton R. Young
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Milton R. Young
Republican

The 1968 U.S. Senate election for the state of North Dakota was held November 5, 1968. The incumbent, Republican Senator Milton Young, sought and received re-election to his fifth term, defeating North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party candidate Herschel Lashkowitz, the mayor of Fargo, North Dakota since 1954.[9][10]

Only Young filed as a Republican, and the endorsed Democratic candidate was Herschel Lashkowitz of Fargo, North Dakota, who was serving as the mayor of the city since 1954. Young and Lashkowitz won the primary elections for their respective parties.

One independent candidate, Duane Mutch of Larimore, North Dakota, also filed before the deadline. Mutch was later a state senator for the North Dakota Republican Party in the North Dakota Senate from 1959 to 2006 for District 19. He ran as an independent when he did not receive his party's nomination.

1968 United States Senate election, North Dakota
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Milton R. Young 154,968 64.79%
Democratic Herschel Lashkowitz 80,815 33.79%
Independent Duane Mutch 3,393 1.42%
Majority
Turnout 239,176

Ohio

Oklahoma

U.S. Senate election in Oklahoma, 1968
Oklahoma
← 1962 November 3, 1968 1974 →
  BellmonHL.jpg Mike Monroney.jpg
Nominee Henry Bellmon Mike Monroney
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 470,120 419,658
Percentage 51.7% 46.2%

U.S. Senator before election

Mike Monroney
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Henry Bellmon
Republican

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mike Monroney was running for re-election to a fourth term, but was defeated by Republican former Governor Henry Bellmon.

Oklahoma U.S. Senate Election, 1968[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Henry Bellmon 470,120 51.7%
Democratic Mike Monroney 419,658 46.2%
Independent George Washington 19,341 2.1%

Oregon

U.S. Senate election in Oregon, 1968
Oregon
← 1962 November 5, 1968 1974 →
  RWPackwood.jpg Wayne Morse.jpg
Nominee Bob Packwood Wayne Morse
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 408,646 405,353
Percentage 50.2% 49.8%

Oregon 1968 US Senator.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

Wayne Morse
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Bob Packwood
Republican

Incumbent Democrat Wayne Morse was seeking a fifth term, but narrowly lost re-election to 36 year-old Republican State Representative Bob Packwood race.[12]

The Democratic primary was held May 28, 1968.[13] Morse defeated former Representative Robert B. Duncan, former U.S. Congressman from Oregon's 4th congressional district (1963–1967), and Phil McAlmond, millionaire and former aide to opponent Robert B. Duncan.

Democratic primary for the United States Senate from Oregon, 1968[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Morse (Incumbent) 185,091 49.03%
Democratic Robert B. Duncan 174,795 46.30%
Democratic Phil McAlmond 17,658 4.68%
Total votes 377,544 100.00%
General election results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Packwood 408,646 50.20%
Democratic Wayne Morse (Incumbent) 405,353 49.80%
Total votes 813,999 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

Pennsylvania

U.S. Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1968
Pennsylvania
← 1962 November 5, 1968 1974 →
  RichardSchweiker.jpg JosephSClark.jpg
Nominee Richard Schweiker Joseph Clark
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,399,762 2,117,662
Percentage 51.9% 45.8%

Pennsylvania Senatorial Election Results by County, 1968.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

Joseph Clark
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Richard Schweiker
Republican

Incumbent Democrat Joseph Clark sought re-election to another term, but was defeated by Republican nominee Richard Schweiker, member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pennsylvania results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Schweiker 2,399,762 51.90%
Democratic Joseph S. Clark Jr. 2,117,662 45.80%
Constitution Frank W. Gaydosh 96,742 2.09%
Socialist Labor Benson Perry 7,198 0.16%
Socialist Workers Pearl Chertov 2,743 0.06%
Other Other 111 0.00%

South Carolina

U.S. Senate election in South Carolina, 1968
South Carolina
← 1966 November 5, 1968 1974 →
  FritzHollings.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Ernest Hollings Marshall Parker
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 404,060 248,780
Percentage 61.9% 38.1%

U.S. Senator before election

Ernest Hollings
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ernest Hollings
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Fritz Hollings easily defeated Republican state senator Marshall Parker in a rematch of the election two years earlier to win his first full term.

Hollings faced no opposition from South Carolina Democrats and avoided a primary election. Marshall Parker, the state senator from Oconee County in the Upstate, was persuaded by South Carolina Republicans to enter the race and he did not face a primary challenge.

After a close election loss to Fritz Hollingsin 1966, the Republicans felt that Parker might have a chance at defeating Hollings by riding Nixon's coattails in the general election. However, the Republicans did not provide Parker with the financial resources to compete and he subsequently lost by a bigger margin to Hollings than two years prior.

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Fritz Hollings 404,060 61.9% -10.6%
Republican Marshall Parker 248,780 38.1% -10.6%
No party Write-Ins 15 0.0% 0.0%
Majority 155,280 23.8% +21.2%
Turnout 652,855 76.5% +27.4%
Democratic hold

South Dakota

Utah

Vermont

U.S. Senate election in Vermont, 1968
Vermont
← 1962 November 5, 1968 (1968-11-05) 1974 →
  GeorgeAiken-VTSEN-.jpg
Nominee George Aiken
Party Republican
Popular vote 157,197
Percentage 99.9%

U.S. Senator before election

George Aiken
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

George Aiken
Republican

Incumbent Republican George Aiken ran successfully for re-election to another term in the United States Senate; he was unopposed.

Republican primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican George Aiken (Incumbent) 42,248 72.8%
Republican William K. Tufts 15,786 27.2%
Republican Other 28 0.0%
Total votes 58,062 100.0%
Democratic primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Write-in George Aiken (Incumbent) 1,534 61.8%
Write-in Philip H. Hoff 400 18.2%
Democratic Other 438 20.0%
Total votes 2,192 100.0%
United States Senate election in Vermont, 1968[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican George Aiken (Incumbent) 94,738 60.2%
Democratic George Aiken (Incumbent) 62,416 39.7%
No party George Aiken (Incumbent) 43 0.0%
Total George Aiken (Incumbent) 157,197 99.9%
N/A Other 178 0.1%
Total votes 157,375 100.0%

Washington

Wisconsin

Incumbent democrat Gaylord A. Nelson (U.S. Senator since 1963) defeated Republican State Senator Jerris Leonard.

General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gaylord Nelson 1,020,931 61.69%
Republican Jerris Leonard 633,910 38.31%

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=230916
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=3295
  3. ^ "1968 Senatorial General Election Results - Illinois". 
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=141688
  5. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=128991
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=7061
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=132138
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=132139
  9. ^ a b "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 5, 1968, corrected to July 1, 1969" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives – via House.gov. 
  10. ^ Lashkowitz's storied tenure
  11. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=7027
  12. ^ a b "OR US Senate" – via OurCampaigns.com. 
  13. ^ a b "OR US Senate - D Primary" – via OurCampaigns.com. 
  14. ^ a b "Primary Election Results" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  15. ^ "General Election Results - U.S. Senator - 1914-2014" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 

References

  • "Supplemental Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of South Carolina to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume II. Columbia, SC: 1969, p. 19.
  • Kalk, Bruce H. (2001). The Origins of the Southern Strategy: Two-Party Competition in South. Lexington Books. p. 86. 

See also

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