1950 United States Senate election in Illinois

The United States Senate election in Illinois of 1950 was held on November 7, 1950[1] to elect one of Illinois's members to the United States Senate. Republican Everett Dirksen defeated incumbent Democratic Senator and Senate Majority Leader Scott W. Lucas, who had been seeking a third term.

United States Senate election in Illinois of 1950

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Nominee Everett M. Dirksen Scott W. Lucas
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,951,984 1,657,630
Percentage 53.88% 45.76%

1950 United States Senate election in Illinois results map by county.svg
County results
Dirksen:      40–50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%
Lucas:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Senator before election

Scott W. Lucas
Democratic

Elected Senator

Everett M. Dirksen
Republican

This was the last time a Senate party leader lost re-election until 2004.

Election informationEdit

The primaries and general election coincided with those for House and state elections.

Primaries were held on April 11.[1]

Democratic primaryEdit

Democratic primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Scott W. Lucas (incumbent) 768,801 100
Write-in Others 7 0.00
Total votes 768,808 100

Republican primaryEdit

Republican primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Everett McKinley Dirksen 545,028 73.46
Republican William J. Baker 149,286 20.12
Republican Lar Daly 47,668 6.43
Write-in Others 2 0.00
Total votes 741,984 100

General electionEdit

Dirksen carried 82 of the state's 102 counties.[1] Among the 88 counties that Dirksen won was the state's most populous county, Cook County, in which Dirksen won with 50.01% to Lucas' 49.60%.[1] Despite losing in Cook County, Lucas performed better in the county than he did in the cumulative vote of the remaining 101 counties,[1] where Dirksen won 57.56% to Lucas' 42.13%.[1] 54.54% of the votes cast in the election were from Cook County.[1]

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Everett McKinley Dirksen 1,951,984 53.88
Democratic Scott W. Lucas (incumbent) 1,657,630 45.76
Prohibition Enoch A. Holtwick 13,050 0.36
Write-in Others 9 0.00
Total votes 3,622,673 100

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "OFFICIAL VOTE of the STATE OF ILLINOIS Cast at the GENERAL ELECTION, November 7, 1950 JUDICIAL ELECTION, 1950, PRIMARY ELECTION General Primary, April 11, 1950" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 9 July 2020.[permanent dead link]