1952 United States Senate election in Maine

The 1952 United States Senate election in Maine was held on September 8, 1952.

1952 United States Senate election in Maine

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Nominee Frederick G. Payne Roger P. Dube Earl S. Grant
Party Republican Democratic Independent Democratic
Popular vote 139,205 82,665 15,294
Percentage 58.70% 34.86% 6.45%

U.S. senator before election

Owen Brewster
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Frederick G. Payne
Democratic

Incumbent Republican Senator Owen Brewster ran for re-election to a third term, but lost the Republican primary to Governor of Maine Frederick Payne. Payne easily won the general election against two Democratic opponents, party nominee Roger Dube and independent Democrat Earl Grant.

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

CampaignEdit

Payne's campaign was encouraged and partly funded by billionaire Howard Hughes, who sought to end Brewster's political career over the investigation of Hughes's Trans World Airlines for war profiteering.[1]

Payne's victory may also have been aided by Brewster's connections to McCarthyism and racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

ResultsEdit

1952 Republican U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frederick G. Payne 68,690 51.25%
Republican Owen Brewster (inc.) 65,334 48.75%
Total votes 134,024 100.00%

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Roger P. Dube
  • Earl S. Grant

ResultsEdit

1952 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roger P. Dube 12,569 56.77%
Democratic Earl S. Grant 9,572 43.23%
Total votes 22,141 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frederick G. Payne 139,205 58.70%  4.85
Democratic Roger P. Dube 82,665 34.86%  1.59
Independent Democrat Earl S. Grant 15,294 6.45% N/A
Total votes 237,164 100.00%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dietrich, Noah; Thomas, Bob (1972). Howard, The Amazing Mr. Hughes. Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett Publications, Inc. pp. 198–208. ISBN 978-0044902560.
  2. ^ "ME US Senate - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  3. ^ "ME US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  4. ^ "ME US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 21 June 2020.