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Encyclopedia > U.S. Senate election, 1982
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Results -- Republican holds in light red, pickups in dark red, Democratic holds in light blue, pickups in dark blue

The U.S. Senate election, 1982 was an election for the United States Senate following the Republican gains in 1980. Party balance was unchanged following the election, with the Republican seat total unchanged and the Democrats gaining one seat (one Democratic-leaning Independent left the Senate).


Incumbents Howard Cannon (D-NV) and Harrison Schmitt (R-NM) lost seats to the opposite party, and the open seat in Virginia that had been held by Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (I-VA) was taken by Republicans while the open seat in New Jersey was taken by Democrats.


In 1983, Republicans picked up the seat of Henry M. Jackson (D-WA) in a special election. This is not included in the numbers below.


Senate contests in 1982

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Arizona Dennis DeConcini Democrat Re-elected, 56.9 - 40.3 Pete Dunn (Republican)
California Samuel I. Hayakawa Republican Retired: Republican victory, 51.5 - 44.8 Pete Wilson (Republican)
Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (Democrat)
Connecticut Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Republican Re-elected, 50.4 - 46.1 Anthony T. Moffett (Democrat)
Delaware William V. Roth, Jr. Republican Re-elected, 55.2 - 44.2 David N. Levinson (Democrat)
Florida Lawton Chiles Democrat Re-elected, 61.7 - 38.3 Van B. Poole (Republican)
Hawaii Spark K. Matsunaga Democrat Re-elected, 80.1 - 17.0 Clarence J. Brown (Republican)
Indiana Richard G. Lugar Republican Re-elected, 53.8 - 45.6 Floyd Fithian (Democrat)
Maine Edmund S. Muskie Democrat Retired: Democrat victory, 60.9 - 39.1 George J. Mitchell (Democrat)
David F. Emery (Republican)
Maryland Paul S. Sarbanes Democrat Re-elected, 63.5 - 36.5 Lawrence J. Hogan (Republican)
Massachusetts Edward M. Kennedy Democrat Re-elected, 60.8 - 38.3 Raymond Shamie (Republican)
Michigan Donald W. Riegle, Jr. Democrat Re-elected, 57.7 - 40.9 Philip E. Ruppe (Republican)
Minnesota Dave Durenberger Republican Re-elected, 52.6 - 46.6 Mark Dayton (Democrat)
Mississippi John C. Stennis Democrat Re-elected, 64.2 - 35.8 Haley Barbour (Republican)
Missouri John C. Danforth Republican Re-elected, 50.8 - 49.1 Harriett Woods (Democrat)
Montana John Melcher Democrat Re-elected, 54.5 - 41.7 Larry Williams (Republican)
Nebraska Edward Zorinsky Democrat Re-elected, 66.6 - 28.5 Jim Keck (Republican)
Nevada Howard W. Cannon Democrat Defeated, 50.1 - 47.7 Chic Hecht (Republican)
New Jersey Nicholas F. Brady Republican Retired: Democrat victory, 50.9 - 47.8 Frank R. Lautenberg (Democrat)
Millicent Fenwick (Republican)
New Mexico Harrison Schmitt Republican Defeated, 53.8 - 46.2 Jeff Bingaman (Democrat)
New York Daniel P. Moynihan Democrat Re-elected, 65.1 - 34.2 Florence M. Sullivan (Republican)
North Dakota Quentin N. Burdick Democrat Re-elected, 62.8 - 34.0 Gene Knorr (Republican)
Ohio Howard M. Metzenbaum Democrat Re-elected, 56.7 - 41.1 Paul E. Pfeifer (Republican)
Pennsylvania John Heinz Republican Re-elected, 59.3 - 39.2 Cyril H. Wecht (Democrat)
Rhode Island John H. Chafee Republican Re-elected, 51.2 - 48.8 Julius C. Michaelson (Democrat)
Tennessee Jim Sasser Democrat Re-elected, 61.9 - 38.1 Robin L. Beard (Republican)
Texas Lloyd Bentsen Democrat Re-elected, 58.6 - 40.5 James M. Collins (Republican)
Utah Orrin G. Hatch Republican Re-elected, 58.3 - 41.3 Ted Wilson (Democrat)
Vermont Robert T. Stafford Republican Re-elected, 50.3 - 47.2 James A. Guest (Democrat)
Virginia Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Independent Retired: Republican victory, 51.2 - 48.8 Paul S. Trible, Jr. (Republican)
Richard Davis (Democrat)
Washington Henry M. Jackson Democrat Re-elected, 69.0 - 24.3 - 5.3 Doug Jewett (Republican)
King Lysen (Independent)
West Virginia Robert C. Byrd Democrat Re-elected, 68.5 - 30.8 Cleveland K. Benedict (Republican)
Wisconsin William Proxmire Democrat Re-elected, 63.6 - 34.1 Scott McCallum (Republican)
Wyoming Malcolm Wallop Republican Re-elected, 56.7 - 43.3 Rodger McDaniel (Democrat)

See also

  • U.S. Senate election, 1980
  • U.S. Senate election, 1984
  • U.S. House election, 1982

Senate composition before and after elections

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Color Key: Republicans Independent Democrats



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