United States Senate elections, 1970

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United States Senate elections, 1970
United States
← 1968 November 3, 1970 1972 →

33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate,
plus 2 mid-term vacancies

51 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Michael Joseph Mansfield.jpg SenHughScott.jpg
Leader Mike Mansfield Hugh Scott
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Montana Pennsylvania
Seats before 57 43
Seats after 53 45
Seat change Decrease 4 Increase 2
Popular vote 25,402,791 19,326,064
Percentage 52.4% 39.9%
Swing Increase 3.1% Decrease 6.6%
Seats up 24 8
Races won 20 10

  Third party Fourth party
 
Party Conservative (N.Y.) Independent
Seats before 0 0
Seats after 1 1
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1
Popular vote 2,183,572 506,237
Percentage 4.5% 0.1%
Seats up 0 0
Races won 1 1

1970 Senate election map.svg
Results, with special elections
     Conservative gain
     Democratic gain      Democratic hold
     Republican gain      Republican hold
     Independent gain

Majority Leader before election

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

Elected Majority Leader

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

The United States Senate elections, 1970 was an election for the United States Senate, taking place in the middle of Richard Nixon's first term as President. The Democrats lost a net of three seats, while the Republicans and the Conservative Party of New York picked up one net seat each, and former Democrat Harry F. Byrd Jr. was re-elected as an independent.

This was the most recent election in which a third party won a seat in the Senate until 2006.

These were the last elections (at least through 2016) where a member of a political party other than the Democrats or Republicans had one or more seats in the chamber (not including Independents, members of no political party),

Results summary

Parties Total Seats Popular Vote
1968 1970 +/- Vote  %
Democratic 57 54 Decrease 4 25,402,791 52.40%
Republican 43 44 Increase 2 19,326,064 39.87%
Conservative 0 1 Increase 1 2,183,572 4.50%
Others 0 1 Increase 1 1,566,033 3.23%
Total 100 100 Steady 48,478,460 100.0%

Source: Election Statistics - Office of the Clerk

Getting out the vote

President Nixon said that rather than violent protests, the best way for the American public to get their opinion heard was by voting:

The most powerful four letter word is a clean word, it’s the most powerful four letter word in the history of men, it's called vote. V-O-T-E. My friends, I say that the answer to those that engage in disruption, to those that shout their filthy slogans, to those that try to shout down speakers, it's not to answer in kind, but go to the polls in election day, and in the quiet of that ballot box, stand up and be counted, the great silent majority of America.

— Richard Nixon, "1970 Election: 1970 Year in Review". UPI.com. 

Retirements

Democratic holds

  1. Florida: Spessard Holland (D) retired and was replaced by Lawton Chiles (D).
  2. Minnesota: Eugene McCarthy (D) retired and was replaced by former Vice President (and former Senator) Hubert Humphrey (D).

Republican hold

  1. Delaware: John J. Williams (R) retired and was replaced by William Roth (R). He subsequently (December 31, 1970) resigned to give Roth additional seniority in the next term.

Republican gain

  1. Ohio: Stephen M. Young (D) retired and was replaced by Robert Taft, Jr. (R).

Incumbents who lost their seats

Democratic hold

  1. Texas: Ralph Yarborough (D) lost renomination to Lloyd Bentsen (D).

Democratic gains

  1. California: George Murphy (R) lost re-election to John V. Tunney (D).
  2. Illinois (Special- Class 3): Ralph Tyler Smith (R) lost re-election to Adlai Stevenson III (D).

Conservative gain

  1. New York: Charles Goodell (R), who was appointed in September 1968 to finish the term of the late Robert Kennedy, lost election to James L. Buckley (C).

Republican gains

  1. Connecticut: Thomas J. Dodd (D) dropped out of the Democratic primary, ran as an independent, and lost re-election to Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (R).
  2. Maryland: Joseph Tydings (D) lost re-election to John Glenn Beall, Jr. (R).
  3. Tennessee: Al Gore, Sr. (D) lost re-election to Bill Brock (R).

Other changes

Independent gain

  1. Virginia: Harry F. Byrd Jr. (D) won re-election as an Independent. He broke with the Democratic Party because they asked him to sign an oath of loyalty to the party. Instead of signing the restrictive contract, Byrd ran as an independent. He continued to caucus with the Democrats, and maintained his seniority.

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
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D36
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D33 D32 D31
D41
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D46
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D47
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D48
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D49
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D50
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Majority → D51
Ran
R41
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R42
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R43
Retired
D57
Retired
D56
Retired
D55
Retired
D54
Ran
D53
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D52
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R40
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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

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
Re-elected
D39
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D38
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D36
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D33 D32 D31
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D49
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Hold
Majority → D51
Hold
R41
Hold
R42
Gain
R43
Gain
R44
Gain
R45
Gain
C1
Gain
I1
Re-elected
new party
D53
Gain
D52
Hold
R40
Re-elected
R39
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R38
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R37
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R36
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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

After the special 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 D42 D43 D44 D45 D46 D47 D48 D49 D50
Majority → D51
R41 R42 R43 R44
Hold
C1 I1 D54
Gain
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:
C# Conservative (New York)
D# Democratic
R# Republican
I# Independent

Race summary

Special elections during the 91st Congress

In these special elections, the winner was seated during 1970 or before January 3, 1971; ordered by election date, then state.

State Incumbent Results Candidates
Senator Party Electoral history
Alaska
Special (Class 2)
Ted Stevens Republican 1968 (Appointed) Interim appointee elected November 3, 1970. Ted Stevens (Republican) 59.6%
Wendell P. Kay (Democratic) 40.4%
Illinois
Special (Class 3)
Ralph Tyler Smith Republican 1969 (Appointed) Interim appointee lost election.
New senator elected November 3, 1970.
Democratic gain.
Adlai Stevenson III (Democratic) 57.4%
Ralph Tyler Smith (Republican) 42.2%

Elections leading to the next Congress

In these general elections, the winners were elected for the term beginning January 3, 1971; ordered by state.

All of the elections involved the Class 1 seats.

State Incumbent Results Candidates
Senator Party Electoral history
Arizona Paul Fannin Republican 1964 Incumbent re-elected. Paul Fannin (Republican) 56.0%
Sam Grossman (Democratic) 44.0%
California George Murphy Republican 1964
1964 (Appointed)
Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected..
Democratic gain
Incumbent resigned January 1, 1971 to give successor preferential seniority.
Winner appointed January 2, 1971.
John V. Tunney (Democratic) 53.9%
George Murphy (Republican) 44.3%
Robert Scheer (Peace and Freedom) 0.9%
Charles C. Ripley (Amer. Indep.) 0.9%
Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent lost renomination and then re-election as an Independent.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (Republican) 41.7%
Joseph Duffey (Democratic) 33.8%
Thomas J. Dodd (Independent) 24.5%
Delaware John J. Williams Republican 1946
1952
1958
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican hold.
Incumbent resigned December 31, 1970 to give successor preferential seniority.
Winner appointed January 1, 1971.
William V. Roth, Jr. (Republican) 58.8%
Jacob Zimmerman (Democratic) 40.1%
Florida Spessard Holland Democratic 1946 (Appointed)
1946
1952
1958
1964
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
Lawton Chiles (Democratic) 53.9%
William C. Cramer (Republican) 46.1%
Hawaii Hiram Fong Republican 1959
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Hiram Fong (Republican) 51.6%
Cecil Heftel (Democratic) 48.4%
Indiana Vance Hartke Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Vance Hartke (Democratic) 50.1%
Richard L. Roudebush (Republican) 49.9%
Maine Edmund Muskie Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Edmund Muskie (Democratic) 61.9%
Neil S. Bishop (Republican) 38.3%
Maryland Joseph Tydings Democratic 1964 Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
John Glenn Beall, Jr. (Republican) 50.7%
Joseph Tydings (Democratic) 48.1%
Massachusetts Ted Kennedy Democratic 1962 (Special)
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Ted Kennedy (Democratic) 62.1%
Josiah A. Spaulding (Republican) 37.0%
Michigan Philip Hart Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Philip Hart (Democratic) 66.8%
Lenore Romney (Republican) 32.9%
Minnesota Eugene McCarthy Democratic-Farmer-Labor[1] 1958
1964
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
Hubert Humphrey (Democratic) 57.8%
Clark MacGregor (Republican) 41.6%
Mississippi John C. Stennis Democratic 1947 (Special)
1952
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. John C. Stennis (Democratic) 88.4%
William R. Thompson (Independent) 11.6%
Missouri Stuart Symington Democratic 1952
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Stuart Symington (Democratic) 51.1%
John Danforth (Republican) 48.1%
Gene Chapman (Amer. Indep.) 0.8%
E. J. DiGirolamo (Independent) 0.04%
Montana Mike Mansfield Democratic 1952
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Mike Mansfield (Democratic) 60.5%
Harold E. Wallace (Republican) 39.5%
Nebraska Roman Hruska Republican 1954 (Special)
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Roman Hruska (Republican) 52.5%
Frank B. Morrison (Democratic) 47.5%
Nevada Howard Cannon Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Howard Cannon (Democratic) 57.7%
William J. Raggio (Republican) 41.2%
New Jersey Harrison A. Williams Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Harrison A. Williams (Democratic) 54.0%
Nelson G. Gross (Republican) 42.2%
New Mexico Joseph Montoya Democratic 1964 (Special)
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Joseph Montoya (Democratic) 52.3%
Anderson Carter (Republican) 46.6%
New York Charles Goodell Republican 1968 (Appointed) Interim appointee lost election.
New senator elected.
Conservative gain.
James L. Buckley (Conservative) 38.8%
Richard Ottinger (Democratic) 36.8%
Charles Goodell (Republican) 24.3%
North Dakota Quentin N. Burdick Democratic 1960 (Special)
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Quentin N. Burdick (Democratic) 61.3%
Thomas S. Kleppe (Republican) 37.8%
Ohio Stephen M. Young Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Robert A. Taft, Jr. (Republican) 49.7%
Howard Metzenbaum (Democratic) 47.5%
Pennsylvania Hugh Scott Republican 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Hugh Scott (Republican) 51.4%
William G. Sesler (Democratic) 45.4%
Rhode Island John O. Pastore Democratic 1950 (Special)
1952
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. John O. Pastore (Democratic) 67.5%
John McLaughlin (Republican) 31.5%
Tennessee Al Gore, Sr. Democratic 1952
1958
1964
Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Bill Brock (Republican) 51.3%
Al Gore, Sr. (Democratic) 47.4%
Texas Ralph Yarborough Democratic 1957 (Special)
1958
1964
Incumbent lost renomination.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
Lloyd Bentsen (Democratic) 53.5%
George H. W. Bush (Republican) 46.4%
Utah Frank Moss Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Frank Moss (Democratic) 56.2%
Laurence J. Burton (Republican) 42.5%
Clyde B. Freeman (Amer. Indep.) 1.4%
Vermont Winston L. Prouty Republican 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Winston L. Prouty (Republican) 58.9%
Philip H. Hoff (Democratic) 40.2%
Virginia Harry F. Byrd Jr. Democratic 1933 (Appointed)
1933 (Special)
1934
1940
1946
1952
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected as an Independent.
Independent gain.
Harry F. Byrd Jr. (Independent) 53.5%
George Rawlings (Democratic) 31.2%
Ray Garland (Republican) 15.3%
Washington Henry M. Jackson Democratic 1952
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Henry M. Jackson (Democratic) 82.4%
Charles W. Elicker (Republican) 16.0%
Bill Massey (Socialist Workers) 0.9%
E.S. "Pinky" Fisk (Buffalo) 0.7%
West Virginia Robert Byrd Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Robert Byrd (Democratic) 77.6%
Elmer H. Dodson (Republican) 22.4%
Wisconsin William Proxmire Democratic 1957 (Special)
1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. William Proxmire (Democratic) 70.8%
John E. Erickson (Republican) 28.5%
Wyoming Gale W. McGee Democratic 1958
1964
Incumbent re-elected. Gale W. McGee (Democratic) 55.8%
John S. Wold (Republican) 44.2%

Alaska (Special)

U.S. Senator Ted Stevens

Arizona

U.S. Senate election in Arizona, 1970
Arizona
← 1964
1976 →
  Paul Fannin.jpg No image.png
Nominee Paul Fannin Sam Grossman
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 228,284 179,512
Percentage 55.98% 44.02%

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Results map.
     Counties won by Fannin
     Counties won by Grossman

U.S. Senator before election

Paul Fannin
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Fannin
Republican

Incumbent Republican Paul Fannin decided to run for re-election to a second term, running unopposed in the Republican primary. Fannin defeated Democratic businessman Sam Grossman in the general election.

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sam Grossman 78,006 65.24%
Democratic John Kruglick, Doctor 27,324 22.85%
Democratic H. L. Kelly 14,238 11.91%
Total votes 119,568 100.00
United States Senate election in Arizona, 1970[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Paul Fannin 228,284 55.98%
Democratic Sam Grossman 179,512 44.02%
Majority 48,772 11.96%
Turnout 407,796
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

California

Senator John Tunney

Connecticut

U.S. Senate election in Connecticut, 1970
Connecticut
← 1964
1976 →
  Lweicker.jpg Noimage.png Thomasjdodd.jpg
Nominee Lowell P. Weicker Jr. Joseph Duffey Thomas J. Dodd
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 454,721 368,111 266,497
Percentage 41.74% 33.79% 24.46%

Connecticut R Sweep.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

Thomas J. Dodd
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Lowell P. Weicker Jr.
Republican

Republican Lowell P. Weicker Jr. defeated Democrat Joseph Duffey and incumbent Thomas J. Dodd who ran this time, as an independent. Dodd entered the race at the last minute and split the Democratic vote, allowing Weicker to win with only 42% of the vote.

United States Senate election in Connecticut, 1970[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lowell P. Weicker Jr. 454,721 41.74%
Democratic Joseph Duffey 368,111 33.79%
Independent Thomas J. Dodd 266,497 24.46%
Majority 86,610 7.95%
Turnout 1,089,329
Swing to Republican from Democratic Swing

Delaware

Florida

U.S. Senate election in Florida, 1970
Florida
← 1964
1976 →
  Senator Lawton Chiles.jpg William Cato Cramer.jpg
Nominee Lawton Chiles Bill Cramer
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 902,438 772,817
Percentage 53.9% 46.1%

U.S. Senator before election

Spessard Holland
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Lawton Chiles
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Spessard Holland retired instead of seeking a fifth term. During the Democratic primary, former Governor C. Farris Bryant and State Senator Lawton Chiles advanced to a run-off, having received more votes than Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Frederick H. Schultz, attorney Alcee Hastings, and State Representative Joel T. Daves, III. Chiles soundly defeated Bryant in the run-off election, scoring a major upset due to his comparatively small name recognition prior to the election. To acquire name recognition and media coverage, Chiles walked about 1,003 miles (1,614 km) across the state of Florida and was given the nickname "Walkin' Lawton".

The Republican primary exposed an in-party feud between Governor Claude R. Kirk Jr. and U.S. Representative William C. Cramer. In the election, Cramer handily defeated G. Harrold Carswell and body shop owner George Balmer; the former was a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge favored by Kirk and had been rejected as a Supreme Court of the United States nominee a few months prior to the primary. Chiles won the election by a relatively small margin of 7.8%, receiving 902,438 votes against Cramer's 772,817 votes.

Incumbent Spessard Holland, who served in the Senate since 1946, decided to retire rather than seek a fifth term.[5] Although the Democratic Party had dominated state elections since the Reconstruction Era, Claude R. Kirk Jr. and Edward Gurney, both Republicans, were elected Senator and Governor in 1966 and 1968, respectively.[6]

Democratic Party primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic C. Farris Bryant 240,222 32.90
Democratic Lawton Chiles 188,300 25.79
Democratic Frederick H. Schultz 175,745 24.07
Democratic Alcee Hastings 91,948 12.59
Democratic Joel Daves 33,939 4.65
Total votes 730,154 100.00
Democratic Party primary runoff results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lawton Chiles 474,420 65.74
Democratic Farris Bryant 247,211 34.26
Total votes 721,631 100.00
Republican Primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Cramer 220,553 62.52
Republican G. Harrold Carswell 121,281 34.38
Republican George Balmer, body shop owner 10,947 3.10
Total votes 352,781 100.00
United States Senate election in Florida, 1970[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Lawton Chiles 902,438 53.87% -10.09%
Republican Bill Cramer 772,817 46.13% +10.09%
Majority 129,621 7.74% -20.17%
Turnout 1,675,255  ?  ?
Democratic hold Swing  ?

Hawaii

Illinois (Special)

Indiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, 1970
Massachusetts
← 1964
1976 →
  Edward Kennedy.jpg No image.png
Nominee Ted Kennedy Josiah Spaulding
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,202,856 715,978
Percentage 62.2% 37.0%

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Results by town.
Red indicates towns won by Spaulding.
Blue indicates towns won by Kennedy.

U.S. Senator before election

Ted Kennedy
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ted Kennedy
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Ted Kennedy defeated his challengers. This was Kennedy's first election run since the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident. Kennedy won 62.2%, down from 74.3% that he won in the previous election in 1964 and indicates that Chappaquiddick did have an impact on the election.

The Republican nominee was Josiah Spaulding, a businessman and Republican leader in Massachusetts. He led a group of delegates at the 1968 Republican National Convention who unsuccessfully sought to nominate Nelson A. Rockefeller over Richard Nixon.[9]

Other candidates were Lawrence Gilfedder (Socialist Labor) and Mark R. Shaw (Prohibition), a former Prohibition Party candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 1946, 1952, 1958, 1969, 1962, and 1966. He was the party's candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 1948 and 1956. In 1964, he was the Prohibition Party's candidate for vice-president of the United States.[10]

Massachusetts results by county
General election[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward M. Kennedy (Incumbent) 1,202,856 62.16 -12.1
Republican Josiah Spaulding 715,978 37.00 +11.58
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 10,378 0.54 +0.33
Prohibition Mark R. Shaw 5,944 0.31 +0.19

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

U.S. Senate election in Montana, 1970
Montana
← 1964
1976 →
  Michael Joseph Mansfield.jpg No image.png
Nominee Mike Mansfield Harold E. Wallace
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 150,060 97,809
Percentage 60.54% 39.46%

U.S. Senator before election

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

Democratic incumbent Mike Mansfield, the Senate Majority Leader who was first elected to the Senate in 1952, and was re-elected in 1958 and 1964, ran for re-election. Mansfield won the primary against several opponents, and advanced to the general election, where he was opposed by Harold E. Wallace, a sporting goods salesman and the Republican nominee. While his margin of victory decreased slightly from 1964, Mansfield still managed to defeat Wallace overwhelmingly, winning his fourth and (what would turn out to be his) final term in the Senate.

Democratic Party primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Mansfield (incumbent) 68,146 77.17
Democratic Tom McDonald 10,773 12.20
Democratic John W. Lawlor 19,384 10.63
Total votes 88,303 100.00
Republican Primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harold E. Wallace 45,549 100.00
Total votes 45,549 100.00
United States Senate election in Montana, 1970[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mike Mansfield (incumbent) 150,060 60.54% -3.97%
Republican Harold E. Wallace 97,809 39.46% +3.97%
Majority 52,251 21.08% -7.95%
Turnout 247,869
Democratic hold Swing

Nebraska

Nevada

U.S. Senate election in Nevada, 1970
Nevada
← 1964
1976 →
  Howard Cannon.jpg William raggio NV state senate.jpg
Nominee Howard Cannon William Raggio
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 85,187 60,838
Percentage 57.7% 41.2%

U.S. Senator before election

Howard Cannon
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Cannon
Democratic

Democrat Howard Cannon, the incumbent since 1959, won re-election to a third term over William Raggio, the Washoe County District Attorney.

In the Senate, Cannon was known as a moderate in the Democratic Party. He served as chairman of several committees, including the rules committee and the inaugural arrangements committee. Cannon was nearly defeated for re-election in 1964 by Republican Lieutenant Governor Paul Laxalt in one of the closest election in history. However, he became more popular over the next few years and defeated D.A. William Raggio, whose 1970 senate campaign began his long political career. Raggio ran for the Nevada Senate in 1972 and won. He then served there for decades to come.

General election results[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Howard Cannon (Incumbent) 85,187 57.65% +7.63%
Republican William Raggio 60,838 41.17% -8.81%
American Independent Harold G. DeSellem 1,743 1.18%
Majority 24,349 16.48% +16.44%
Turnout 147,768
Democratic hold Swing

New Jersey

Senator Harrison A. Williams (D-New Jersey) was re-elected.

New Mexico

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 1970
New Mexico
← 1964
1976 →
  Joseph M Montoya.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Joseph Montoya Anderson Carter
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 151,486 135,004
Percentage 52.3% 46.6%

New Mexico Senatorial Election Results by County, 1970.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

Joseph Montoya
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Joseph Montoya
Democratic

Incumbent Democrat Joseph Montoya successfully ran for re-election to a second term, defeating Republican Anderson Carter.

Democratic primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph Montoya, Incumbent 85,285 73.10
Democratic Richard B. Edwards 31,381 26.90
Majority 53,904 46.20%
Total votes 116,666 100.00
Republican primary results[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Anderson Carter 32,122 57.76
Republican David Cargo, Governor of New Mexico 16,951 32.28
Republican Harold G. Thompson 5,544 9.97
Majority 14,171 25.48%
Total votes 55,617 100.00
General election results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph Montoya, Incumbent 151,486 52.26
Republican Anderson Carter 135,004 46.57
People's Constitutional William Higgs 3,382 1.17
Majority 16,482 5.69%
Total votes 289,872 100.00
Democratic hold

New York

U.S. Senate election in New York, 1970
New York (state)
← 1964
1976 →
  JamesLBuckley.jpg 1979 p96 Richard Ottinger.jpg Goodell.jpg
Nominee James Buckley Richard Ottinger Charles Goodell
Party Conservative (N.Y.) Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,288,190 2,171,232 1,404,472
Percentage 38.95% 36.96% 23.91%

NewYorkSenatorial1970.svg
County results

U.S. Senator before election

Charles Goodell
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

James Buckley
Conservative (N.Y.)

Incumbent Republican Charles Goodell, who was recently appointed to the seat by Governor Nelson Rockefeller after Senator Bobby Kennedy (D) was assassinated, ran for a full term, but was defeated by the Conservative Party of New York nominee James Buckley. Other candidates included: Richard Ottinger, U.S. Congressman (1965–1971, 1975–1985), Kevin P. McGovern, Paul O'Dwyer, Former New York City Council Member from Manhattan, Ted Sorensen, Former Advisor and Speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, Richard D. McCarthy, U.S. Congressman (1965-1971).

Conservative Party Convention results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative (N.Y.) James Buckley 37,940 91.38
Conservative (N.Y.) Kevin P. McGovern 3,580 8.62
Total votes 41,520 100.00
Democratic Party Primary results[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Ottinger 366,789 39.61
Democratic Paul O'Dwyer 302,438 32.66
Democratic Ted Sorensen 154,434 16.68
Democratic Richard D. McCarthy 102,224 11.04
Total votes 925,885 100.00
Republican Party Convention results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Goodell 311 86.39
Abstaining 49 13.61
Total votes 360 100.00
Liberal Party Convention results[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal (N.Y.) Charles Goodell 201 67.00
Liberal (N.Y.) Paul O'Dwyer 48 16.00
Liberal (N.Y.) Richard D. McCarthy 33 11.00
Liberal (N.Y.) Richard Ottinger 12 4.00
Liberal (N.Y.) Ted Sorensen 6 2.00
Total votes 300 100.00
General election results[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative (N.Y.) James Buckley 2,288,190 38.95
Democratic Richard Lawrence Ottinger 2,171,232 36.96
Republican Charles Goodell 1,178,679
Liberal (N.Y.) Charles Goodell 225,793
total Charles Goodell 1,404,472 23.91
Communist Arnold Johnson 4,097 0.07
Socialist Workers Kipp Dawson 3,549 0.06
Socialist Labor John Emanuel 3,204 0.06

North Dakota

Incumbent Democratic-NPL Party Senator Quentin N. Burdick was re-elected to his third term, defeating Republican candidate Thomas S. Kleppe, who later became the United States Secretary of the Interior.[13]

Only Burdick filed as a Dem-NPLer, and the endorsed Republican candidate was Thomas S. Kleppe, who was finishing his second and final term as a Representative for North Dakota's second congressional district. Burdick and Kleppe won the primary elections for their respective parties.

One independent candidate, Russell Kleppe, also filed before the deadline.

1970 United States Senate election in North Dakota[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Quentin N. Burdick, Incumbent 134,519 61.27
Republican Thomas S. Kleppe 82,996 37.80
Independent Russell Kleppe 2,045 0.93
Majority
Voter turnout  %

Ohio

Pennsylvania

U.S. Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1970
Pennsylvania
← 1964
1976 →
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Nominee Hugh Scott William Sesler
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,874,106 1,653,774
Percentage 51.4% 45.4%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Hugh Scott
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Hugh Scott
Republican

Incumbent Republican Hugh Scott won re-election, defeating Democratic nominee State Senator William Sesler.

General election results[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Hugh Scott (Incumbent) 1,874,106 51.43% +0.84%
Democratic William Sesler 1,653,774 45.38% -3.74%
Constitution Frank W. Gaydosh 85,813 2.36% +2.36%
American Independent W. Henry McFarland 18,275 0.50% +0.50%
Socialist Labor Herman A. Johnson 4,375 0.12% -0.02%
Socialist Workers Robin Maisel 3,970 0.11% -0.04%
Consumer William R. Mimms 3,932 0.11% +0.11%
N/A Other 60 0.00% N/A
Totals 3,644,305 100.00%

Rhode Island

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

U.S. Senate election in Virginia, 1970
Virginia
1976 →
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Nominee Harry F. Byrd Jr. George Rawlings Ray L. Garland
Party Independent Democratic Republican
Popular vote 506,237 294,582 144,765
Percentage 53.5% 31.2% 15.3%

1970 virginia senate election map.png
U.S. Senate election results map. Gray denotes counties/districts won by Byrd. Blue denotes those won by Rawlings. Red denotes those won by Garland.

U.S. Senator before election

Harry F. Byrd Jr.
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Harry F. Byrd Jr.
Independent

Incumbent Harry F. Byrd Jr. was re-elected to his first full term after winning a race 4 years earlier to finish the remainder his father's term. He beat George C. Rawlings, Jr. (D), a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Ray L. Garland (R), a member of Virginia House of Delegates.

United States Senate election in Virginia, 1970[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Harry F. Byrd Jr. (Incumbent) 506,237 53.54% +53.54%
Democratic George C. Rawlings, Jr. 294,582 31.15% -22.15%
Republican Ray L. Garland 144,765 15.31% -22.07%
Write-ins 30 <0.01% -0.02%
Majority 211,655 22.38% +6.46%
Turnout 945,614
Independent gain from Democratic

Washington

Senator Henry Jackson (D)

West Virginia

Senator Robert Byrd (D)

Wisconsin

Senator William Proxmire (D)

See also

References

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  4. ^ Our Campaigns - CT US Senate Race - Nov 03, 1970
  5. ^ "Spessard Lindsey Holland". Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Department of State. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cramer v. Kirk," p. 403
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  8. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1970" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. p. 7. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
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  12. ^ a b "Report of the Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election Held in the State of Montana, June 2, 1970". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1970election.pdf
  14. ^ "NM US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "NM US Senate - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ "NM US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=164086
  18. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=111823
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  20. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=226625
  21. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=6551
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