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Encyclopedia > United States Senate elections, 1996
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The U.S. Senate election, 1996 was an election for United States Senate which coincided with the re-election of Bill Clinton as president. It followed the major Republican gains of 1994. Because of the staggered nature of the Senate, some of the alignment shift of 1994 carried over to this year, even though the Republicans lost seats in the House. 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. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... 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. ... Republican holds in light red, Republican pickup in dark red, Democratic holds in light blue. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives is, along with the United States Senate, one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States. ...

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Results summary

Summary of the 1996 United States Senate election results
Parties Breakdown Total Seats Popular Vote
Up Elected Not Up 1994 1996 +/- Vote %
Republican Party 19 21 +2
Democratic Party 15 13 -2
Total 34 34 66 100 100 - 100.0%
Source: Election Statistics - Office of the Clerk

 Republican holds  Republican pickups  Democratic holds  Democratic pickups The U.S. Senate election, 1994 was an election in which the Republican Party was able to take control of the Senate from the Democrats by mobilizing voters discontented with congressional incumbents and the early presidency of Bill Clinton. ... 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 Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...

Notable Races

The Republicans made a net gain of two seats by capturing the open seats in Alabama, Arkansas, and Nebraska, but Democratic Tim Johnson defeated incumbent Larry Pressler (R-SD). Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,423 sq mi (135,775 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,732 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... This article is about the U.S. Senator from South Dakota. ... Categories: People stubs | 1942 births | United States Senators ...


Senate contests in 1996

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama Howell Heflin Democrat Retired: Republican victory, 52 - 46 Jeff Sessions (Republican)
Roger Bedford (Democrat)
Alaska Ted Stevens Republican Re-elected, 77 - 13 - 10 Jeff Whittaker (Green)
Theresa Obermeyer (Democrat)
Arkansas David Pryor Democrat Retired: Republican victory, 53 - 47 Tim Hutchinson (Republican)
Winston Bryant (Democrat)
Colorado Hank Brown Republican Retired: Republican victory, 51 - 46 Wayne Allard (Republican)
Tom Strickland (Democrat)
Delaware Joe Biden Democrat Re-elected, 60 - 38 Raymond J. Clatworthy (Republican)
Georgia Sam Nunn Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 49 - 48 Max Cleland (Democrat)
Guy Millner (Republican)
Idaho Larry E. Craig Republican Re-elected, 57 - 40 Walt Minnick (Democrat)
Illinois Paul Simon Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 56 - 41 Richard J. Durbin (Democrat)
Al Salvi (Republican)
Iowa Tom Harkin Democrat Re-elected, 52 - 47 Jim Ross Lightfoot (Republican)
Kansas Nancy Kassebaum Republican Retired: Republican victory, 62 - 34 Pat Roberts (Republican)
Sally Thompson (Democrat)
Kansas1 Sheila Frahm Republican Defeated in Primary: Republican victory, 54 - 43 Sam Brownback (Republican)
Jill Docking (Democrat)
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Republican Re-elected, 55 - 43 Steve Beshear (Democrat)
Louisiana Bennett Johnston Jr. Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 50 - 50 Mary Landrieu (Democrat)
Woody Jenkins (Republican)
Maine William Cohen Republican Retired: Republican victory, 49 - 44 Susan M. Collins (Republican)
Joe Brennan (Democrat)
Massachusetts John Kerry Democrat Re-elected, 53 - 45 William Weld (Republican)
Michigan Carl Levin Democrat Re-elected, 58 - 40 Ronna Romney (Republican)
Minnesota Paul Wellstone Democrat (DFL) Re-elected, 50 - 41 - 7 Rudy Boschwitz (Republican)
Dean Barkley (Reform)
Mississippi Thad Cochran Republican Re-elected, 71 - 27 James Hunt (Democrat)
Montana Max Baucus Democrat Re-elected, 50 - 45 Dennis Rehberg (Republican)
Nebraska J. James Exon Democrat Retired: Republican victory, 56 - 42 Chuck Hagel (Republican)
Ben Nelson (Democrat)
New Hampshire Bob Smith Republican Re-elected, 49 - 46 Dick Swett (Democrat)
New Jersey Bill Bradley Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 53 - 43 Robert Torricelli (Democrat)
Dick Zimmer (Republican)
New Mexico Pete Domenici Republican Re-elected, 64 - 30 Art Trujillo (Democrat)
North Carolina Jesse Helms Republican Re-elected, 53 - 46 Harvey Gantt (Democrat)
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe Republican Re-elected, 57 - 40 James Boren (Democrat)
Oregon Mark Hatfield Republican Retired: Republican victory, 49 - 47 Gordon H. Smith (Republican)
Tom Bruggere (Democrat)
Rhode Island Claiborne Pell Democrat Retired: Democratic victory, 63 - 35 John F. Reed (Democrat)
Nancy Mayer (Republican)
South Carolina Strom Thurmond Republican Re-elected, 53 - 44 Elliot Close (Democrat)
South Dakota Larry Pressler Republican Defeated, 51 - 49 Tim Johnson (Democrat)
Tennessee Fred Thompson Republican Re-elected, 61 - 37 Houston Gordon (Democrat)
Texas Phil Gramm Republican Re-elected, 55 - 44 Victor Morales (Democrat)
Virginia John Warner Republican Re-elected, 53 - 47 Mark Warner (Democrat)
West Virginia Jay Rockefeller Democrat Re-elected, 77 - 23 Betty Burkes (Republican)
Wyoming Alan Simpson Republican Retired: Republican victory, 54 - 42 Michael B. Enzi (Republican)
Joyce Jansa Corcoran (Democrat)

1 special election due to resignation of Robert Dole to pursue the presidency -- next regular election held in 1998 Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,423 sq mi (135,775 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... Howell Heflin Howell Thomas Heflin (June 19, 1921 – March 29, 2005) was a United States Senator from Alabama. ... Jefferson Beauregard Jeff Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. ... Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,854 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ... Theodore Fulton “Ted” Stevens (born November 18, 1923) is a U.S. Senator from Alaska. ... Theresa Obermeyer, Ph. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,732 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... David Hampton Pryor David Hampton Pryor (born August 29, 1934) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senator from the State of Arkansas. ... Timothy Hutchinson (born August 11, 1949) is a politician from the state of Arkansas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... George Hanks (Hank) Brown (1940-) was a Republican politician and Senator from Colorado. ... Alan Wayne Allard (born December 2, 1943) is a United States Senator from Colorado and a member of the Republican Party. ... Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  Ranked 49th  - Total 2,491 sq mi (6,452 km²)  - Width 30 miles (48 km)  - Length 100 miles (161 km)  - % water 21. ... Joseph Robinette Joe Biden, Jr. ... Sam Nunn Samuel Augustus Nunn (born September 8, 1938) is co-chairman and chief executive officer of the NTI (Nuclear Threat Initiative), a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. ... Joseph Maxwell Cleland (born August 24, 1942) is an American politician from Georgia. ... Official language(s) None Capital Boise Largest city Boise Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq. ... Larry Edwin Craig (born July 20, 1945) is the senior United States Senator from Idaho. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Paul Martin Simon (November 29, 1928 – December 9, 2003) was an American politician from Illinois. ... Richard Joseph Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is an American politician. ... Albert J. Salvi (born April 25, 1960 in Evanston, Illinois) is a radio talk show host, attorney, and former Illinois State Representative and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and Secretary of State. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 199 miles (320 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 0. ... Thomas Richard Tom Harkin (born November 19, 1939) is the junior United States Senator from Iowa. ... James Ross Lightfoot (1938-) is a Republican politician and former Representative from Iowa. ... Official language(s) English Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq. ... Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker (born July 29, 1932) represented the state of Kansas in the United States Senate from 1978 to 1997. ... Charles Patrick Roberts (born April 20, 1936) is a United States Senator from Kansas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq. ... Sen. ... Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is a Senator from Kansas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr. ... Steven L. Beshear (1944-), a Democrat, won election as a member of the Kentucky State Senate, Attorney General of Kentucky and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky before losing races for Governor of Kentucky and the United States Senate. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last census; probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33... John Bennett Johnston, Jr. ... Mary Loretta Landrieu (born November 23, 1955) is the senior Democratic United States Senator for the state of Louisiana. ... Louis Elwood Woody Jenkins (born January 3, 1947 is a former broadcasting executive in Baton Rouge who was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972-2000. ... Official language(s) None Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 39th 33,414 sq mi  86,542 km² 190 miles  305 km 320 miles  515 km 13. ... William Cohen William Sebastian Cohen (born August 28, 1940) is a Republican politician from Maine who served as a United States Secretary of Defense under President Clinton. ... Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952) is the junior U.S. Senator from Maine and a Republican. ... Joseph Edward Brennan (born November 2, 1934) is an American politician from Maine and a Democrat. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. ... William Weld William Floyd Weld (born July 31, 1945) was the Republican Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997, resigning to pursue the ambassadorship to Mexico. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 10th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an American politician and two-term U.S. Senator from Minnesota. ... Rudolph Ely Rudy Boschwitz (b. ... Dean M. Barkley (born August 31, 1950) served as a member of the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from November 4, 2002 to January 3, 2003. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Area  Ranked 32nd  - Total 48,434 sq mi (125,443 km²)  - Width 170 miles (275 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 3  - Latitude 30°13N to 35°N  - Longitude 88°7W to 91°41W Population  Ranked 31st... William Thad Cochran (born December 7, 1937) is the senior United States Senator from Mississippi. ... James Hunt James Simon Wallis Hunt (29 August 1947 – 15 June 1993) was an English racing driver and Formula 1 world champion and subsequently a commentator. ... Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26 N to 49° N  - Longitude 104°2 W to 116°2 W Population  Ranked... Max Sieben Baucus (born December 11, 1941) is the senior United States Senator from Montana and is a member of the Democratic Party. ... Rep. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... Jim Exon John James Jim Exon (August 9, 1921 – June 10, 2005) was an American Democratic politician. ... Charles Timothy Chuck Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska. ... Earl Benjamin Nelson (born May 17, 1941 in McCook, Nebraska) is an American politician from Nebraska, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... Former Senator Robert C. Bob Smith For other people named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Richard (Dick) Swett (born May 1, 1957) is an American politician from the state of New Hampshire. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Robert Guy Torricelli (born August 27, 1951), nicknamed the Torch, is an American politician from the U.S. state of New Jersey. ... Richard A. Dick Zimmer is an American politician of the Republican Party. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Peter Pete Vichi Domenici (born May 7, 1932) is the longest serving United States senator in the history of New Mexico. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 560 miles (901 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 9. ... Jesse Helms Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. ... Harvey B. Gantt ( Born: 1943, Charleston, South Carolina) is an architect and politician. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... James Mountain Inhofe (born November 17, 1934), usually known as Jim Inhofe, is an American politician from Oklahoma. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... Mark Odom Hatfield (born July 12, 1922) is an American politician from Oregon. ... Gordon Harold Smith (born May 25, 1952) is a United States Senator from Oregon. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... Claiborne Pell Claiborne de Borda Pell (born November 22, 1918) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island from 1961 to 1997. ... John Francis Jack Reed (b. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Greenville-Spartanburg Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12... James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 to April 1956 and November 1956 to 1964 as a Democrat and from 1964 to 2003 as a Republican. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Categories: People stubs | 1942 births | United States Senators ... This article is about the U.S. Senator from South Dakota. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Fred Dalton Thompson (born August 19, 1942) is an American lawyer, actor and former Republican senator from Tennessee. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... William Philip Phil Gramm (born July 8, 1942, in Fort Benning, Georgia) served as a Democratic Congressman (1978-1983), a Republican Congressman (1983-1985) and a Republican Senator from Texas (1985-2002). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... John William Warner (born February 18, 1927) is an American statesman and politician, who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972-1974 and has served as a Republican senator from Virginia since 1979. ... Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... John Davison Rockefeller IV (born on June 18, 1937), generally known as Jay Rockefeller, has served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from West Virginia since 1985. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Alan Kooi Simpson (born September 2, 1931 in Denver, Colorado U.S.A.) is a Republican politician who served from 1979 to 1997 as a United States Senator from Wyoming. ... Michael Bradley Mike Enzi (born February 1, 1944) is a United States senator from Wyoming. ... Bob Dole Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is best known as a former Republican United States Senate Majority Leader and Senator from Kansas. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Results -- Republican holds in light red, pickups in dark red, Democratic holds in light blue, pickups in dark blue The U.S. Senate election, 1998 was a roughly even contest between the Republican and Democratic parties. ...


See also

Presidential electoral votes by state. ... The U.S. House election, 1996 was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1996 which coincided with the re-election of Bill Clinton as President. ...

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