1960 United States Senate election in Nebraska

The 1960 United States Senate election in Nebraska took place on November 8, 1960. The incumbent Republican Senator, Carl Curtis, was re-elected by a smaller margin than 1954. He defeated Democratic candidate Robert B. Conrad. His victory underperformed Richard Nixon, the Republican presidential nominee, who won Nebraska by 24% in the presidential election.

1960 United States Senate election in Nebraska

← 1954 November 8, 1960 1966 →
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Nominee Carl Curtis Robert B. Conrad
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 352,748 245,807
Percentage 58.93% 41.07%

1960 United States Senate election in Nebraska results map by county.svg
County results
Curtis:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Conrad:      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Carl Curtis
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Carl Curtis
Republican

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ralph G. Brooks 41,777 42.34
Democratic Clair A. Callan 34,052 34.51
Democratic Albert J. Baker 14,355 14.55
Democratic Mike F. Kracher 8,424 8.54
Democratic Scattering 55 0.06
Total votes 98,663 100

Replacement of BrooksEdit

The winner of the Democratic primary, Ralph G. Brooks, died on September 9, 1960.[2] He was replaced on the ballot by Robert B. Conrad, Brooks's administrative assistant.[3][4]

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carl Curtis (Incumbent) 125,741 99.70
Republican Scattering 380 0.30
Total votes 126,121 100

ResultsEdit

1960 United States Senate election in Nebraska[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Carl Curtis (Incumbent) 352,748 58.91 -2.16
Democratic Robert B. Conrad 245,837 41.06 +2.13
N/A Scattering 158 0.03 N/A
Majority 106,941 17.86 -4.28
Turnout 598,743
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska (primary election). Available at: https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/previous-elections
  2. ^ "Ralph Gilmour Brooks". National Governors Association.
  3. ^ "'Keep Youth In State', Conrad Tells Young D's". The Daily Nebraskan. p. 4.
  4. ^ ""No Drastic Changes Planned for State Departments," says Burney". The Frontier. p. 4.
  5. ^ Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska (general election). Available at: https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/previous-elections