United States Senate election in Utah, 1968

United States Senate elections, 1968
United States
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1966 ←
November 5, 1968
→ 1970
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width="" colspan = 4 style="text-align: center" | 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate
51 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Leader Mike Mansfield Everett Dirksen
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Montana Illinois
Last election 64 seats 36 seats
Seats before 62 38
Seats won 57 43
Seat change Decrease 5 Increase 5
Popular vote 24,976,660 23,588,832
Percentage 49.3% 46.5%
Swing Increase 1.4% Decrease 4.5%
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  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain
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Majority Leader before election

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

Elected Majority Leader

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

The 1968 United States Senate elections were elections for the United States Senate which coincided with the 1968 presidential election. Richard Nixon only won the presidential election narrowly, but the Republicans picked up five net seats in the election (not including two appointments that turned seats over to Republicans in the same year).

Change in Senate composition

Senate composition before the elections

D10 D9 D8 D7 D6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1
D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20
D30 D29 D28 D27 D26 D25 D24 D23 D22 D21
D31 D32 D33 D34 D35 D36 D37 D38 D39 D40
| D50 | D49 | D48 | D47 | D46 | D45 | D44 | D43 | D42 | D41
rowspan=2 | D51 ← Majority
| D52 | D53 | D54 | D55 | D56 | D57 | D58 | D59 | D60
| R31 | R32 | R33 | R34 | R35 | R36 | R37 | D63 | D62 | D61
| R30 | R29 | R28 | R27 R26 R25 R24 R23 R22 R21
R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1

Senate composition as a result of the elections

D10 D9 D8 D7 D6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1
D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20
D30 D29 D28 D27 D26 D25 D24 D23 D22 D21
D31 D32 D33 D34 D35 D36 D37 D38 D39 D40
| D50 | D49 | D48 | D47 | D46 | D45 | D44 | D43 | D42 | D41
rowspan=2 | D51 ← Majority
| D52 | D53 | D54O | D55O | D56O | D57+ | D58+ | R42+ | R41+
| R31 | R32 | R33 | R34O | R35O | R36+ | R37+ | R38+ | R39+ | R40+
| R30 | R29 | R28 | R27 R26 R25 R24 R23 R22 R21
R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1

Senate composition at the beginning of the next Congress

D10 D9 D8 D7 D6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1
D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20
D30 D29 D28 D27 D26 D25 D24 D23 D22 D21
D31 D32 D33 D34 D35 D36 D37 D38 D39 D40
D50 D49 D48 D47 D46 D45 D44 D43 D42 D41
D51 ← Majority
D52 D53 D54 D55 D56 D57 | R43+ R42 R41
R31 R32 R33 R34 R35 R36 R37 R38 R39 R40
R30 R29 R28 R27 R26 R25 R24 R23 R22 R21
R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1
  • R43+ (Alaska seat):
    The Democratic senator, who was not up, died before the next Congress.
    A Republican was appointed in his place.
Key:
D# Democratic
R# Republican
 
Incumbent re-elected or appointee elected to finish term
O Party hold: New senator elected from same party
+ Party gain: New senator elected from different party

Incumbents who retired

Democratic hold

  1. Alabama: J. Lister Hill (D) was replaced by James Allen (D).

Democratic gain

  1. Iowa: Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R) was replaced by Harold Hughes (D).

Republican holds

  1. Kansas: Frank Carlson (R) was replaced by Bob Dole (R).
  2. Kentucky: Thruston Ballard Morton (R) was replaced by Marlow W. Cook (R).

Republican gains

  1. Arizona: Carl Hayden (D) was replaced by Barry Goldwater (R).
  2. Florida: George Smathers (D) was replaced by Edward J. Gurney (R).

Incumbents who lost their seats

Democratic holds

  1. Alaska: Ernest Gruening (D) lost renomination to Mike Gravel (D), who later won the general election.
  2. Missouri: Edward V. Long (D) lost renomination to Thomas Eagleton (D), who later won the general election.

Democratic gain

  1. California: Thomas Kuchel (R) lost renomination to Max Rafferty (R), who later lost the general election to Alan Cranston (D).

Republican gains

  1. Maryland: Daniel Brewster (D) lost re-election to Charles Mathias, Jr. (R)
  2. Ohio: Frank J. Lausche (D) lost renomination to John J. Gilligan (D), who later lost the general election to William B. Saxbe (R).
  3. Oklahoma: A. S. Mike Monroney (D), lost re-election to Henry Bellmon (R).
  4. Oregon: Wayne Morse (D), lost re-election to Bob Packwood (R).
  5. Pennsylvania: Joseph S. Clark (D), lost re-election to Richard Schweiker (R).

Later change

Republican gain

  1. Alaska: Bob Bartlett (D) died December 11, 1968 and Ted Stevens (R) was appointed December 24, 1968.

Complete list of races

A bolded state name indicates an article about that state's election.

All seats were class 3.

State Incumbent Party Result Opposing Candidates
Alabama J. Lister Hill Democratic Retired
Democratic hold
James Allen (Democratic) 70.0%
Perry O. Hooper, Sr. (Republican) 22.1%
Robert Schwenn (Independent) 8.0%
Alaska Ernest Gruening Democratic Lost renomination
Democratic hold
Mike Gravel (Democratic) 45.1%
Elmer E. Rasmuson (Republican) 37.4%
Ernest Gruening (running as Independent) 17.4%
Arizona Carl Hayden Democratic Retired
Republican gain
Barry Goldwater (Republican) 57.2%
Roy Elson (Democratic) 42.8%
Arkansas J. William Fulbright Democratic Re-elected J. William Fulbright (Democratic) 59.2%
Charles T. Bernard (Republican) 40.9%
California Thomas Kuchel Republican Lost renomination
Democratic gain
Alan Cranston (Democratic) 51.8%
Max Rafferty (Republican) 46.9%
Paul Jacobs (Peace & Freedom) 1.3%
Colorado Peter H. Dominick Republican Re-elected Peter H. Dominick (Republican) 58.6%
Stephen L.R. McNichols (Democratic) 41.5%
Connecticut Abraham A. Ribicoff Democratic Re-elected Abraham A. Ribicoff (Democratic) 54.3%
Edwin H. May, Jr. (Republican) 45.7%
Florida George Smathers Democratic Retired
Republican gain
Edward J. Gurney (Republican) 55.9%
LeRoy Collins (Democratic) 44.1%
Georgia Herman Talmadge Democratic Re-elected Herman Talmadge (Democratic) 77.5%
E. Earl Patton (Republican) 22.5%
Hawaii Daniel Inouye Democratic Re-elected Daniel Inouye (Democratic) 83.4%
Wayne C. Thiessen (Republican) 15.0%
Idaho Frank Church Democratic Re-elected Frank Church (Democratic) 60.3%
George V. Hansen (Republican) 39.7%
Illinois Everett Dirksen Republican Re-elected Everett Dirksen (Republican) 53.0%
William G. Clark (Democratic) 46.6%
Indiana Birch Bayh Democratic Re-elected Birch Bayh (Democratic) 51.7%
William Ruckelshaus (Republican) 48.2%
Iowa Bourke B. Hickenlooper Republican Retired
Democratic gain
Harold Hughes (Democratic) 50.3%
David M. Stanley (Republican) 49.7%
Kansas Frank Carlson Republican Retired
Republican hold
Bob Dole (Republican) 60.1%
William I. Robinson (Democratic) 38.7%
Kentucky Thruston Ballard Morton Republican Retired
Republican hold
Marlow W. Cook (Republican) 51.4%
Katherine Peden (Democratic) 47.6%
Louisiana Russell B. Long Democratic Re-elected Russell B. Long (Democratic) Unopposed
Maryland Daniel Brewster Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Charles Mathias, Jr. (Republican) 47.8%
Daniel Brewster (Democratic) 39.1%
George P. Mahoney (American Independent) 13.1%
Missouri Edward V. Long Democratic Lost renomination
Democratic hold
Thomas Eagleton (Democratic) 51.1%
Thomas B. Curtis (Republican) 48.9%
Nevada Alan Bible Democratic Re-elected Alan Bible (Democratic) 54.8%
Ed Fike (Republican) 45.2%
New Hampshire Norris Cotton Republican Re-elected Norris Cotton (Republican) 59.3%
John W. King (Democratic) 40.7%
New York Jacob K. Javits Republican Re-elected Jacob K. Javits (Republican) 49.7%
Paul O'Dwyer (Democratic) 32.7%
James L. Buckley (Conservative) 17.3%
North Carolina Sam Ervin Democratic Re-elected Sam Ervin (Democratic) 60.6%
Robert V. Somers (Republican) 39.4%
North Dakota Milton Young Republican Re-elected Milton Young (Republican) 64.6%
Herschel Lashkowitz (Democratic) 33.7%
Ohio Frank J. Lausche Democratic Lost renomination
Republican gain
William B. Saxbe (Republican) 51.5%
John J. Gilligan (Democratic) 48.5%
Oklahoma A. S. Mike Monroney Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Henry Bellmon (Republican) 51.7%
A. S. Mike Monroney (Democratic) 46.2%
Oregon Wayne Morse Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Bob Packwood (Republican) 50.2%
Wayne Morse (Democratic) 49.8%
Pennsylvania Joseph S. Clark Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Richard Schweiker (Republican) 51.9%
Joseph S. Clark (Democratic) 45.8%
South Carolina Ernest Hollings Democratic Re-elected Ernest Hollings (Democratic) 61.9%
Marshall Parker (Republican) 38.1%
South Dakota George McGovern Democratic Re-elected George McGovern (Democratic) 56.8%
Archie M. Gubbrud (Republican) 43.2%
Utah Wallace F. Bennett Republican Re-elected Wallace F. Bennett (Republican) 53.7%
Milton N. Wellenmann (Democratic) 45.8%
Vermont George Aiken Republican Re-elected George Aiken (Republican) 99.9%
Unopposed
Washington Warren G. Magnuson Democratic Re-elected Warren G. Magnuson (Democratic) 64.4%
Jack Metcalf (Republican) 35.3%
Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson Democratic Re-elected Gaylord Nelson (Democratic) 61.7%
Jerris Leonard (Republican) 38.3%

See also

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