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Encyclopedia > United States Senate elections, 1970
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The U.S. Senate election, 1970 was an election for the United States Senate which was a midterm election in the term of President Richard M. Nixon. Nixon's "Southern strategy" was effective at taking several seats from the Democrats, in spite of this being a midterm election. The Democrats lost a net of three seats, while the Republicans and the Conservative Party of New York State picked up one net seat each, and Democratic Harry F. Byrd, Jr. was re-elected as an independent. 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. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... 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. ... The Conservative Party of New York is a minor political party active only in New York State. ... Harry Flood Byrd, Jr. ...


The Republicans picked up one open seat in Ohio, and defeated incumbents Albert Gore, Sr. (D-TN), Joseph D. Tydings (D-MD), and Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) (who had been censured by the Senate for using campaign funds for personal use). Democrats picked up the seats of Ralph Tyler Smith (R-IL) and George Murphy (R-CA). Conservative James L. Buckley defeated Republican incumbent Charles E. Goodell (R-NY) and a Democratic challenger. Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Albert Gore, Sr. ... Joseph Tydings Joseph Davies Tydings (b. ... Thomas Joseph Dodd (May 15, 1907-May 24, 1971) was a United States Senator and Representative from Connecticut. ... Ralph Tyler Smith (October 6, 1915 - August 13, 1972) was born in Granite City, Illinois. ... George Murphy George Lloyd Murphy (July 4, 1902 – May 3, 1992) was an American dancer, actor and politician. ... James Buckley James Lane Buckley (born March 9, 1923 in New York City) was a United States Senator from the Conservative Party of New York State from January 3, 1971 to January 3, 1977. ... 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. ...


Senate contests in 1970

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alaska1 Ted Stevens Republican Re-elected, 59.6 - 40.4 Wendell P. Kay (Democrat)
Arizona Paul Fannin Republican Re-elected, 56.0 - 44.0 Sam Grossman (Democrat)
California George Murphy Republican Defeated, 53.9 - 44.3 John V. Tunney (Democrat)
Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Democrat Defeated, 41.7 - 33.8 - 24.5 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (Republican)
Joseph D. Duffey (Democrat)
Delaware John J. Williams Republican Retired: Republican victory, 58.8 - 40.1 William V. Roth, Jr. (Republican)
Jacob Zimmerman (Democrat)
Florida Spessard Holland Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 53.9 - 46.1 Lawton Chiles (Democrat)
William C. Cramer (Republican)
Hawaii Hiram L. Fong Republican Re-elected, 51.6 - 48.4 Cecil Heftel (Democrat)
Illinois2 Ralph T. Smith Republican Defeated, 57.4 - 42.2 Adlai E. Stevenson III (Democrat)
Indiana Vance Hartke Democrat Re-elected, 50.1 - 49.9 Richard L. Roudebush (Republican)
Maine Edmund S. Muskie Democrat Re-elected, 61.9 - 38.3 Neil S. Bishop (Republican)
Maryland Joseph D. Tydings Democrat Defeated, 50.7 - 48.1 John Glenn Beall, Jr. (Republican)
Massachusetts Edward M. Kennedy Democrat Re-elected, 62.1 - 37.0 Josiah A. Spaulding (Republican)
Michigan Philip A. Hart Democrat Re-elected, 66.8 - 32.9 Lenore Romney (Republican)
Minnesota Eugene J. McCarthy Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 57.8 - 41.6 Hubert H. Humphrey (Democrat)
Clark MacGregor (Republican)
Mississippi John C. Stennis Democrat Re-elected, 88.4 - 11.6 William R. Thompson (Independent)
Missouri Stuart Symington Democrat Re-elected, 51.1 - 48.2 John C. Danforth (Republican)
Montana Mike Mansfield Democrat Re-elected, 60.5 - 39.5 Harold E. Wallace (Republican)
Nebraska Roman L. Hruska Republican Re-elected, 52.5 - 47.5 Frank B. Morrison (Democrat)
Nevada Howard W. Cannon Democrat Re-elected, 57.7 - 41.2 William J. Raggio (Republican)
New Jersey Harrison A. Williams, Jr. Democrat Re-elected, 54.0 - 42.2 Nelson G. Gross (Republican)
New Mexico Joseph M. Montoya Democrat Re-elected, 52.3 - 46.6 Anderson Carter (Republican)
New York Charles E. Goodell Republican Defeated: Conservative victory, 38.8 - 36.8 - 24.3 James L. Buckley (Conservative)
Richard L. Ottinger (Democrat)
North Dakota Quentin N. Burdick Democrat Re-elected, 61.3 - 37.8 Thomas S. Kleppe (Republican)
Ohio Stephen M. Young Democrat Retired: Republican victory, 49.7 - 47.5 Robert A. Taft, Jr. (Republican)
Howard M. Metzenbaum (Democrat)
Pennsylvania Hugh Scott Republican Re-elected, 51.4 - 45.4 William G. Sesler (Democrat)
Rhode Island John O. Pastore Democrat Re-elected, 67.5 - 31.5 John McLaughlin (Republican)
Tennessee Albert Gore, Sr. Democrat Defeated, 51.3 - 47.4 Bill Brock (Republican)
Texas Ralph Yarborough Democrat Defeated in primary: Democratic victory, 53.5 - 46.4 Lloyd Bentsen (Democrat)
George H. W. Bush (Republican)
Utah Frank E. Moss Democrat Re-elected, 56.2 - 42.5 Laurence J. Burton (Republican)
Vermont Winston L. Prouty Republican Re-elected, 58.9 - 40.2 Philip H. Hoff (Democrat)
Virginia Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Independent Re-elected, 53.5 - 31.2 - 15.3 George C. Rawlings, Jr. (Democrat)
Ray Garland (Republican)
Washington Henry M. Jackson Democrat Re-elected, 82.4 - 16.0 Charles W. Elicker (Republican)
West Virginia Robert C. Byrd Democrat Re-elected, 77.6 - 22.4 Elmer H. Dodson (Republican)
Wisconsin William Proxmire Democrat Re-elected, 70.8 - 28.5 John E. Erickson (Republican)
Wyoming Gale McGee Democrat Re-elected, 55.8 - 44.2 John S. Wold (Republican)

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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. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1959-1977, and ambassador to the Organization of American States, 1977-1981, was a three-term Democrat in the U.S. Senate, a political rarity in Wyoming. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Former U.S. Rep. ... 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. ... Bronze by Felix W. de Weldon. ...


2 special election held due to death of Everett M. Dirksen (R-IL) Everett McKinley Dirksen (January 4, 1896 – September 7, 1969) was a Republican U.S. Congressman and Senator from Illinois. ...


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The U.S. House election, 1970 was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1970 which occurred in the middle of President Richard M. Nixons first term. ...

Senate composition before and after elections

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