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Encyclopedia > United States Senate elections, 1968
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The U.S. Senate election, 1968 was an election for the United States Senate which coincided with the 1968 presidential election. Richard M. Nixon won the presidential election narrowly, but his focus on winning over Southern voters had dividends when Republicans picked up five net seats in the election (not including two appointments that turned seats over to Republicans in the same year). Seal of the U.S. Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


Republicans won open seats in Arizona and Florida, and defeated Democratic incumbents Joseph S. Clark (D-PA), Daniel B. Brewster (D-MD), A. S. Mike Monroney (D-OK), and Wayne L. Morse (D-OR), as well as taking the seat of Frank Lausche (D-OH), who had been defeated in a primary by John J. Gilligan. Democrats won an open seat in Iowa as well as taking the seat of Thomas Kuchel (R-CA), who had been defeated in a primary by Max Rafferty. Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Joseph S. Clark Joseph Sill Clark, Jr. ... Daniel B. Brewster Daniel Baugh Brewster (b. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Wayne Morse (October 20, 1900 - July 22, 1974) was a United States Senator from Oregon from 1945 to 1969. ... Frank John Lausche (November 14, 1895 - April 21, 1990) was a Democratic politician from Ohio. ... John Joyce Jack Gilligan (born March 22, 1921) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Ohio who served as its 62nd governor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Categories: People stubs | 1910 births | 1994 deaths | United States Senators ... Maxwell Lewis Rafferty (born May 9, 1917 in New Orleans, Louisiana; died June 13, 1982 in Alabama) was an author, educator and politician. ...


In addition, Republican Charles E. Goodell was appointed in September to the seat of assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY), and Ted Stevens was appointed in December to the seat of deceased Bob Bartlett (D-AK), bringing the net shift up to seven, although Democrats continued to control the chamber 57-43. Charles Ellsworth Goodell (March 16, 1926–January 21, 1987) was a Representative and a Senator from New York, notable for coming into both offices under special circumstances following the deaths of his predecessors. ... Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was one of two younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and served as United States Attorney General from 1961–1964. ... Theodore Fulton Stevens (born November 18, 1923) is a United States Senator from Alaska. ... Bronze by Felix W. de Weldon. ...


Senate contests in 1968

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama Lister Hill Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 70.0 - 22.1 - 8.0 James B. Allen (Democrat)
Perry Hooper (Republican)
Robert Schwenn ((NDPA))
Alaska Ernest Gruening Democrat Defeated in primary: Democratic victory, 45.1 - 37.4 - 17.4 Mike Gravel (Democrat)
Elmer E. Rasmuson (Republican)
Ernest Gruening (Independent)
Arizona Carl Hayden Democrat Retired: Republican victory, 57.2 - 42.8 Barry Goldwater (Republican)
Roy Elson (Democrat)
Arkansas J. William Fulbright Democrat Re-elected, 59.2 - 40.9 Charles Bernard (Republican)
California Thomas H. Kuchel Republican Defeated in Primary: Democratic victory, 51.8 - 46.9 Alan Cranston (Democrat)
Max Rafferty (Republican)
Colorado Peter H. Dominick Republican Re-elected, 58.6 - 41.5 Stephen L. R. McNichols (Democrat)
Connecticut Abraham A. Ribicoff Democrat Re-elected, 54.3 - 45.7 Edwin H. May (Republican)
Florida George A. Smathers Democrat Retired: Republican victory, 55.9 - 44.1 Edward J. Gurney (Republican)
LeRoy Collins (Democrat)
Georgia Herman E. Talmadge Democrat Re-elected, 77.5 - 22.5 E. Earl Patton (Republican)
Hawaii Daniel K. Inouye Democrat Re-elected, 83.4 - 15.0 Wayne C. Thiessen (Republican)
Idaho Frank Church Democrat Re-elected, 60.3 - 39.7 George V. Hansen (Republican)
Illinois Everett M. Dirksen Republican Re-elected, 53.0 - 46.6 William G. Clark (Democrat)
Indiana Birch Bayh Democrat Re-elected, 51.7 - 48.2 William D. Ruckelshaus (Republican)
Iowa Bourke B. Hickenlooper Republican Retired: Democratic victory, 50.3 - 49.7 Harold E. Hughes (Democrat)
David M. Stanley (Republican)
Kansas Frank Carlson Republican Retired: Republican victory, 60.1 - 38.7 Bob Dole (Republican)
William I. Robinson (Democrat)
Kentucky Thruston B. Morton Republican Retired: Republican victory, 51.4 - 47.6 Marlow W. Cook (Republican)
Katherine Peden (Democrat)
Louisiana Russell B. Long Democrat Re-elected, unopposed
Maryland Daniel B. Brewster Democrat Defeated, 47.8 - 39.1 - 13.1 Charles Mathias, Jr. (Republican)
George P. Mahoney (Independent)
Missouri Edward V. Long Democrat Defeated in primary: Democratic victory, 51.1 - 48.9 Thomas F. Eagleton (Democrat)
Thomas B. Curtis (Republican)
Nevada Alan Bible Democrat Re-elected, 54.8 - 45.2 Ed Fike (Republican)
New Hampshire Norris Cotton Republican Re-elected, 59.3 - 40.7 John W. King (Democrat)
New York Jacob K. Javits Republican Re-elected, 49.7 - 32.7 - 17.3 Paul O'Dwyer (Democrat)
James L. Buckley (Conservative)
North Carolina Sam J. Ervin, Jr. Democrat Re-elected, 60.6 - 39.4 Robert V. Somers (Republican)
North Dakota Milton R. Young Republican Re-elected, 64.6 - 33.7 Herschel Lashkowitz (Democrat)
Ohio Frank J. Lausche Democrat Defeated in primary: Republican victory, 51.5 - 48.5 William B. Saxbe (Republican)
John J. Gilligan (Democrat)
Oklahoma A. S. Mike Monroney Democrat Defeated, 51.7 - 46.2 Henry Bellmon (Republican)
Oregon Wayne Morse Democrat Defeated, 50.2 - 49.8 Bob Packwood (Republican)
Pennsylvania Joseph S. Clark Democrat Defeated, 51.9 - 45.8 Richard S. Schweiker (Republican)
South Carolina Ernest F. Hollings Democrat Re-elected, 61.9 - 38.1 Marshall Parker (Republican)
South Dakota George S. McGovern Democrat Re-elected, 56.8 - 43.2 Archie Gubbrud (Republican)
Utah Wallace F. Bennett Republican Re-elected, 53.7 - 45.8 Milton N. Wellenmann (Democrat)
Vermont George D. Aiken Republican Re-elected, 99.9
Washington Warren G. Magnuson Democrat Re-elected, 64.4 - 35.3 Jack Metcalf (Republican)
Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson Democrat Re-elected, 61.7 - 38.3 Jerris Leonard (Republican)

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The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Gaylord Nelson Gaylord Anton Nelson (June 4, 1916 – July 3, 2005) was a Democratic Party American politician from Wisconsin. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...

See also

Presidential electoral votes by state. ... The U.S. House election, 1968 was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1968 which coincided with Richard M. Nixons election as President. ...

Senate composition before and after elections

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