1960 United States Senate elections

The 1960 United States Senate elections coincided with the election of John F. Kennedy as president on November 8, 1960. A special election was held on June 28, 1960 for a mid-term vacancy in North Dakota. The Republicans gained two seats at the expense of the Democrats. The Democrats nonetheless retained a commanding lead in the Senate with 64 seats to 36. As Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson was elected Vice President, Mike Mansfield became the new Majority Leader.

1960 United States Senate elections
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← 1958 November 8, 1960 1962 →

34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate
51 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Senator Lyndon Johnson (1).jpg EverettDirksen.jpg
Leader Lyndon Johnson
(retired)
Everett Dirksen
Party Democratic Republican
Leader since January 3, 1953 January 3, 1959
Leader's seat Texas Illinois
Seats before 66 34
Seats after 64 36
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 2
Popular vote 18,547,250[1] 14,894,867[1]
Percentage 55.1% 44.2%
Swing Decrease 0.2% Increase 1.3%
Seats up 23 11
Races won 21 13

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Results of the elections (excl. North Dakota):
     Democratic gain      Republican gain
     Democratic hold      Republican hold
     No election

Majority Leader before election

Lyndon Johnson
Democratic

Elected Majority Leader

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

Results summaryEdit

64 36
Democratic Republican
Parties Total
Democratic Republican Other
Last election (1958) 64 34 0 98
Before these elections 66 34 0 100
Not up 43 23 0 66
Up 23 11 34
Class 2 (1954→1960) 22 11 33
Special: Class 3 1 0 1
Incumbent retired 4 1 5
Held by same party 3 1 4
Replaced by other party  1 Democrat replaced by  1 Republican 1
Result 3 2 0 5
Incumbent ran 19 10 29
Won re-election 17 10 27
Lost re-election  1 Democrat replaced by  1 Republican 1
Lost renomination,
but held by same party
0 0 0
Result 18 11 0 29
Total elected 21 13 0 34
Net gain/loss  2  2   2
Nationwide vote 18,547,250 14,894,867 218,893 33,661,010
Share 55.10% 44.25% 0.65% 100%
Result 64 36 0 100

Source: Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (1961). "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 8, 1960" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 52.

RetirementsEdit

Democratic seats held by DemocratsEdit

  1. Montana: James E. Murray (D) was replaced by Lee Metcalf (D)
  2. Oregon: Hall S. Lusk (D) was replaced by Maurine Neuberger (D)
  3. Rhode Island: Theodore F. Green (D) was replaced by Claiborne Pell (D)

Democrats replaced by RepublicansEdit

  1. Wyoming: Joseph C. O'Mahoney (D) was replaced by Edwin Keith Thomson (R). But Thomson died before the Congress began and was then replaced by a Democratic appointee.

Republican seats held by RepublicansEdit

  1. Iowa: Thomas E. Martin (R) was replaced by Jack Miller (R)

Republicans replaced by DemocratsEdit

  1. North Dakota (Class 1): Norman Brunsdale (R) was replaced by Quentin Burdick (D)

Losing incumbentsEdit

Democrats lost to RepublicansEdit

  1. Delaware: J. Allen Frear Jr. (D) lost to J. Caleb Boggs (R)

Other changesEdit

The Republicans' gain of two seats from the November elections was reduced to one seat after the election:

  1. Wyoming: Senator-elect Edwin Keith Thomson (R) died December 9, 1960, and was replaced by appointee John J. Hickey (D) at the beginning of the Congress.

Change in compositionEdit

After the June special electionEdit

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
D20 D19 D18 D17 D16 D15 D14 D13 D12 D11
D21 D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28 D29 D30
D40 D39 D38 D37 D36 D35 D34 D33 D32 D31
D41 D42 D43 D44 D45 D46 D47 D48 D49 D50
Majority → D51
D60 D59 D58 D57 D56 D55 D54 D53 D52
D61 D62 D63 D64 D65 D66
N.D. (sp)
Gain
R34 R33 R32 R31
R21 R22 R23 R24 R25 R26 R27 R28 R29 R30
R20 R19 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10

Before the November electionsEdit

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
D20 D19 D18 D17 D16 D15 D14 D13 D12 D11
D21 D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28 D29 D30
D40 D39 D38 D37 D36 D35 D34 D33 D32 D31
D41 D42 D43 D44
Ala.
Ran
D45
Alaska
Ran
D46
Ark.
Ran
D47
Del.
Ran
D48
Ga.
Ran
D49
Ill.
Ran
D50
La.
Ran
Majority → D51
Mich.
Ran
D60
R.I.
Retired
D59
Ore. (reg)
Ore. (sp)
Retired
D58
Okla.
Ran
D57
N.C.
Ran
D56
N.M.
Ran
D55
Mont.
Retired
D54
Mo. (sp)
Ran
D53
Miss.
Ran
D52
Minn.
Ran
D61
S.C.
Ran
D62
Tenn.
Ran
D63
Texas
Ran
D64
Va.
Ran
D65
W.Va.
Ran
D66
Wyo.
Retired
R34
S.D.
Ran
R33
N.J.
Ran
R32
N.H.
Ran
R31
Neb.
Ran
R21 R22 R23 R24
Colo.
Ran
R25
Idaho
Ran
R26
Iowa
Retired
R27
Kan.
Ran
R28
Ky.
Ran
R29
Maine
Ran
R30
Mass.
Ran
R20 R19 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10

Result of the November electionsEdit

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
D20 D19 D18 D17 D16 D15 D14 D13 D12 D11
D21 D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28 D29 D30
D40 D39 D38 D37 D36 D35 D34 D33 D32 D31
D41 D42 D43 D44
Ala.
Re-elected
D45
Alaska
Re-elected
D46
Ark.
Re-elected
D47
Ga.
Re-elected
D48
Ill.
Re-elected
D49
La.
Re-elected
D50
Mich.
Re-elected
Majority → D51
Minn.
Re-elected
D60
S.C.
Re-elected
D59
R.I.
Hold
D58
Ore. (reg)
Ore. (sp)
Hold
D57
Okla.
Re-elected
D56
N.C.
Re-elected
D55
N.M.
Re-elected
D54
Mont.
Hold
D53
Mo. (sp)
Elected[a]
D52
Miss.
Re-elected
D61
Tenn.
Re-elected
D62
Texas
Re-elected
D63
Va.
Re-elected
D64
W.Va.
Re-elected
R36
Wyo.[b]
Gain
R35
Del.
Gain
R34
S.D.
Re-elected
R33
N.J.
Re-elected
R32
N.H.
Re-elected
R31
Neb.
Re-elected
R21 R22 R23 R24
Colo.
Re-elected
R25
Idaho
Re-elected
R26
Iowa
Hold
R27
Kan.
Re-elected
R28
Ky.
Re-elected
R29
Maine
Re-elected
R30
Mass.
Re-elected
R20 R19 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10

Beginning of the next CongressEdit

D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 D10
D20 D19 D18 D17 D16 D15 D14 D13 D12 D11
D21 D22 D23 D24 D25 D26 D27 D28 D29 D30
D40 D39 D38 D37 D36 D35 D34 D33 D32 D31
D41 D42 D43 D44 D45 D46 D47 D48 D49 D50
Majority → D51
D60 D59 D58 D57 D56 D55 D54 D53 D52
D61 D62 D63 D64 D65
Wyo.[b]
Gain
R35 R34 R33 R32 R31
R21 R22 R23 R24 R25 R26 R27 R28 R29 R30
R20 R19 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11
R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10
Key:
D# Democratic
R# Republican

Race summariesEdit

Special elections during the 86th CongressEdit

In these special elections, the winner was seated during 1960 or before January 3, 1961; ordered by election date.

State Incumbent Results Candidates
Senator Party Electoral history
North Dakota
(Class 1)
Norman Brunsdale Republican 1959 (Appointed) Interim appointee retired.
New senator elected June 28, 1960.
Democratic-NPL gain.
Missouri
(Class 3)
Edward V. Long Democratic 1960 (Appointed) Interim appointee elected November 8, 1960.
Oregon
(Class 2)
Hall S. Lusk Democratic 1960 (Appointed) Interim appointee retired.
New senator elected November 8, 1960.
Democratic hold.
Winner was also elected to the next term, see below.

Elections leading to the next CongressEdit

In these general elections, the winners were elected for the term beginning January 3, 1961; ordered by state.

All of the elections involved the Class 2 seats.

State Incumbent Results Candidates
Senator Party Electoral history
Alabama John Sparkman Democratic 1946 (Special)
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Alaska Bob Bartlett Democratic 1958 (New seat) Incumbent re-elected.
Arkansas John L. McClellan Democratic 1942
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Colorado Gordon Allott Republican 1954 Incumbent re-elected.
Delaware J. Allen Frear Jr. Democratic 1948
1954
Incumbent lost re-election.
New senator elected.
Republican gain.
Georgia Richard Russell Jr. Democratic 1932 (Special)
1936
1942
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Idaho Henry Dworshak Republican 1946 (Special)
1948 (Lost)
1949 (Appointed)
1950 (Special)
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Illinois Paul Douglas Democratic 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Iowa Thomas E. Martin Republican 1954 Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican hold.
Kansas Andrew Frank Schoeppel Republican 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Kentucky John Sherman Cooper Republican 1946 (Special)
1948 (Lost)
1952 (Special)
1954 (Lost)
1956 (Special)
Incumbent re-elected.
Louisiana Allen J. Ellender Democratic 1936
1942
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Maine Margaret Chase Smith Republican 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Massachusetts Leverett Saltonstall Republican 1944 (Special)
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Michigan Patrick V. McNamara Democratic 1954 Incumbent re-elected.
Minnesota Hubert Humphrey DFL 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Mississippi James Eastland Democratic 1942
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Montana James E. Murray Democratic 1934 (Special)
1936
1942
1948
1954
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
Nebraska Carl Curtis Republican 1954 Incumbent re-elected.
New Hampshire Styles Bridges Republican 1936
1942
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
New Jersey Clifford P. Case Republican 1954 Incumbent re-elected.
New Mexico Clinton Anderson Democratic 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
North Carolina B. Everett Jordan Democratic 1958 (Appointed)
1958 (Special)
Incumbent re-elected.
Oklahoma Robert S. Kerr Democratic 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Oregon Hall S. Lusk Democratic 1960 (Appointed) Interim appointee retired.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
Winner was also elected to finish the term, see above.
Rhode Island Theodore F. Green Democratic 1936
1942
1948
1954
Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Democratic hold.
South Carolina Strom Thurmond Democratic 1954
1954 (Appointed)
1956 (Resigned)
1956 (Special)
Incumbent re-elected.
South Dakota Karl E. Mundt Republican 1948
1948 (Appointed)
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Tennessee Estes Kefauver Democratic 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Texas Lyndon B. Johnson Democratic 1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
Winner resigned at the end of the term to become U.S. Vice President.
New senator was appointed to begin the next term.
Virginia Absalom Willis Robertson Democratic 1946 (Special)
1948
1954
Incumbent re-elected.
West Virginia Jennings Randolph Democratic 1958 (Special) Incumbent re-elected.
Wyoming Joseph C. O'Mahoney Democratic 1954 Incumbent retired.
New senator elected.
Republican gain, but winner died before Congress began
and was replaced by a Democratic appointee.

AlabamaEdit

Alabama election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee John Sparkman Julian Elgin
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 389,196 164,868
Percentage 70.24% 29.76%

U.S. senator before election

John Sparkman
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

John Sparkman
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John J. Sparkman (Incumbent) 389,196 70.24
Republican Julian E. Elgin 164,868 29.76
Majority 224,328 40.48
Turnout 554,064
Democratic hold

AlaskaEdit

Alaska election
 
← 1958
1966 →
     
Nominee Bob Bartlett Lee McKinley
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 38,041 21,937
Percentage 63.43% 36.58%

U.S. senator before election

Bob Bartlett
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Bob Bartlett
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Bartlett (Incumbent) 38,041 63.42
Republican Lee L. McKinley 21,937 36.58
Majority 16,104 26.84
Turnout 59,978
Democratic hold

ArkansasEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Little McClellan (Incumbent) 377,036 99.88
None Marvin Fuchs (write-in) 449 0.12
Majority 376,587 26.84
Turnout 377,485
Democratic hold

ColoradoEdit

Colorado election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee Gordon Allott Robert Lee Knous
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 389,428 334,854
Percentage 53.52% 46.02%

 
County results
Allott:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%
Knous:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Gordon Allott
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Gordon Allott
Republican

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gordon L. Allott (Incumbent) 389,428 53.75
Democratic Robert L. Knous 331,752 45.79
Independent William R. Casey 3,351 0.46
Majority 57,676 7.96
Turnout 724,531
Republican hold

DelawareEdit

Delaware election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee J. Caleb Boggs J. Allen Frear Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 98,874 96,090
Percentage 50.71% 49.29%

 
County Results
Boggs:      50-60%
Frear:      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

J. Allen Frear Jr.
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

J. Caleb Boggs
Republican

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Caleb Boggs 98,874 50.71
Democratic J. Allen Frear (Incumbent) 96,090 49.29
Majority 2,784 1.42
Turnout 194,964
Republican gain from Democratic

GeorgiaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard B. Russell Jr. (Incumbent) 576,140 99.94
None Scattering 355 0.06
Majority 575,785 98.98
Turnout 576,495
Democratic hold

IdahoEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry Dworshak (Incumbent) 152,648 52.26
Democratic R. F. ‘Bob’ McLaughlin 139,448 47.74
Majority 13,200 4.52
Turnout 292,096
Republican hold

IllinoisEdit

Illinois election
 
← 1954
1966 →
Turnout84.24%
     
Nominee Paul Douglas Samuel W. Witwer
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,530,945 2,093,846
Percentage 54.63% 45.20%

U.S. senator before election

Paul Douglas
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Paul Douglas
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paul H. Douglas (Incumbent) 2,530,943 54.63
Republican Samuel W. Witwer 2,093,846 45.20
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 8,007 0.17
Majority 437,097 9.43
Turnout 4,632,796 84.24
Democratic hold

IowaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Miller 642,463 51.91
Democratic Herschel C. Loveless 595,119 48.09
Majority 47,344 23.11
Turnout 1,237,582
Republican hold

KansasEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andrew F. Schoeppel (Incumbent) 485,499 54.64
Democratic Frank Theis 388,895 43.77
Prohibition C. E. Cowen 14,198 1.60
Majority 96,604 10.87
Turnout 888,592
Republican hold

KentuckyEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Sherman Cooper (Incumbent) 644,087 59.15
Democratic Keen Johnson 444,830 40.85
Majority 199,257 18.30
Turnout 1,088,917
Republican hold

LouisianaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Allen J. Ellender (Incumbent) 432,228 79.76
Republican George W. Reese Jr. 109,698 20.24
None Write-Ins 2 0.00
Majority 322,530 59.52
Turnout 541,928
Democratic hold

MaineEdit

Maine election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee Margaret Chase Smith Lucia Cormier
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 256,890 159,809
Percentage 61.65% 38.35%

 
County Results
Smith:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Cormier:      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Margaret Chase Smith
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Margaret Chase Smith
Republican

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Margaret Chase Smith (Incumbent) 256,890 61.65
Democratic Lucia M. Cormier 159,809 38.35
Majority 97,081 23.30
Turnout 416,699
Republican hold

MassachusettsEdit

Massachusetts election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee Leverett Saltonstall Thomas J. O'Connor
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,358,556 1,050,725
Percentage 56.19% 43.46%

 
Municipal results

U.S. senator before election

Leverett Saltonstall
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Leverett Saltonstall
Republican

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Leverett Saltonstall (Incumbent) 1,358,556 56.19
Democratic Thomas J. O’Connor Jr. 1,050,725 43.46
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 5,735 0.24
Prohibition Mark R. Shaw 2,794 0.12
None Others 3 0.00
Majority 307,831 12.73
Turnout 2,417,813
Republican hold

MichiganEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patrick V. McNamara (Incumbent) 1,669,179 51.73
Republican Alvin Bentley 1,548,873 48.00
Socialist Workers Frank Lovell 3,282 0.10
Prohibition Rollin M. Severance 2,273 0.07
Socialist Labor James Sim 1,565 0.05
Independent American Alvin L. Reynolds 1,465 0.05
None Scattering 10 0.00
Majority 120,306 3.73
Turnout 3,226,647
Democratic hold

MinnesotaEdit

Minnesota election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee Hubert H. Humphrey P. Kenneth Peterson
Party Democratic (DFL) Republican
Popular vote 884,168 648,586
Percentage 57.53% 42.20%

 
County results
Humphrey:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Peterson:      50-60%      60-70%

U.S. senator before election

Hubert H. Humphrey
Democratic (DFL)

Elected U.S. senator

Hubert H. Humphrey
Democratic (DFL)

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic (DFL) Hubert Humphrey (Incumbent) 884,168 57.53
Republican P. Kenneth Peterson 648,586 42.20
None Write-Ins 4,085 0.27
Majority 117,791 15.33
Turnout 1,532,754
Democratic (DFL) hold

MississippiEdit

Mississippi election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee James Eastland Joe Moore
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 244,341 21,807
Percentage 91.8% 8.2%

 
County results
Eastland:      80-90%      90-100%

U.S. senator before election

James Eastland
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

James Eastland
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Eastland (Incumbent) 244,341 91.81
Republican Joe A. Moore 21,807 8.19
Majority 222,534 83.62
Turnout 266,148
Democratic hold

Missouri (special)Edit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward V. Long 999,656 53.17
Republican Lon Hocker 880,576 46.83
Majority 119,080 6.34
Turnout 1,880,232
Democratic hold

MontanaEdit

Montana election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee Lee Metcalf Orvin B. Fjare
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 140,331 136,281
Percentage 50.73% 49.27%

 
County results

U.S. senator before election

James E. Murray
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Lee Metcalf
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lee Metcalf 140,331 50.73
Republican Orvin B. Fjare 136,281 49.27
Majority 4,050 1.46
Turnout 276,612
Democratic hold

NebraskaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carl T. Curtis (Incumbent) 352,748 58.91
Democratic Robert B. Conrad 245,837 41.06
N/A Scattering 158 0.03
Majority 106,941 17.86
Turnout 598,743
Republican hold

New HampshireEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Styles Bridges (Incumbent) 173,521 60.35
Democratic Herbert W. Hill 114,024 39.65
Majority 59,497 20.70
Turnout 287,545
Republican hold

New JerseyEdit

New Jersey election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee Clifford P. Case Thorn Lord
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,483,832 1,151,385
Percentage 55.69% 43.21%

 
County results

Case:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Lord:      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Clifford P. Case
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Clifford P. Case
Republican

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Clifford P. Case (Incumbent) 1,483,832 55.69
Democratic Thorn Lord 1,151,385 43.21
Conservative Winifred O. Perry 13,756 0.52
Socialist Labor Albert Ronis 11,784 0.44
Socialist Workers Gladys Grauer 3,599 0.14
Majority 332,447 12.48
Turnout 2,664,356
Republican hold

New MexicoEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clinton Presba Anderson (Incumbent) 190,654 63.43
Republican William Colwes 109,897 36.57
Majority 80,757 26.86
Turnout 300,551
Democratic hold

North CarolinaEdit

North Carolina election
 
     
Nominee B. Everett Jordan Kyle Hayes
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 793,521 497,964
Percentage 61.44% 38.56%

U.S. senator before election

B. Everett Jordan
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

B. Everett Jordan
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic B. Everett Jordan (Incumbent) 793,521 61.44
Republican Kyle Hayes 497,964 38.56
Majority 295,557 22.88
Turnout 1,291,485
Democratic hold

North Dakota (special)Edit

North Dakota special election
 
← 1958 June 28, 1960 1964 →
     
Nominee Quentin Burdick John E. Davis
Party Democratic-NPL Republican
Popular vote 104,593 103,475
Percentage 49.72% 49.19%

 
Blue denotes counties won by Burdick.
Red denotes those won by Davis.

U.S. senator before election

Norman Brunsdale
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Quentin Burdick
Democratic-NPL

A special election was held June 28, 1960, to fill the seat vacated by William Langer, who died November 8, 1959. Clarence Norman Brunsdale, a former Governor of North Dakota, was temporarily appointed to the seat on November 19 of that year until the special election was held. North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party candidate Quentin N. Burdick faced Republican John E. Davis for election to the seat. Davis had been serving as Governor of the state since 1957.[5]

North Dakota special election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Quentin N. Burdick 104,593 49.72
Republican John E. Davis 103,475 49.19
Independent Eugene Van Der Hoeven 1,337 0.64
Independent Clarence Haggard 934 0.45
Turnout 163,311

OklahomaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert S. Kerr (Incumbent) 474,116 54.84
Republican B. Hayden Crawford 385,646 44.61
Independent Billy E. Brown 4,713 0.55
Majority 88,470 10.23
Turnout 864,475
Democratic hold

OregonEdit

First-term Democrat Richard L. Neuberger had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1958 that became terminal by 1960 — but was kept from the public. Neuberger remained at home in early 1960, reportedly battling the flu. Though still publicly seeking re-election, he told his campaign chair, attorney Jack Beatty, "Remember, there's always another Neuberger," referring to his wife. The comment, combined with Neuberger's reluctance to meet in public and weak voice on the phone, led Beatty to believe that Neuberger's condition was grave, a suspicion confirmed by the Senator's physician shortly before Neuberger died at Good Samaritan Hospital on March 9, 1960.[6][7]

Democratic Oregon Supreme Court judge Hall S. Lusk was appointed March 16, 1960 to continue the term, pending a special election in which he was not a candidate.

Primaries were held May 20, 1960, in which Newberger's widow, Democrat Maurine B. Neuberger and the Republican former-Governor of Oregon Elmo Smith easily won nomination.[8][9]

Maurine Brown Neuberger was elected November 8, 1960 both to finish the term and to the next term.

Oregon (special)Edit

Special election[1][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maurine B. Neuberger 422,024 54.99
Republican Elmo Smith 345,464 45.01
Majority 76,560 9.98
Turnout 767,488
Democratic hold

Oregon (regular)Edit

General election[1][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maurine B. Neuberger 412,757 54.61
Republican Elmo Smith 343,009 45.38
Majority 76,560 9.23
Turnout 755,875 42.74
Democratic hold

Maurine Brown Neuberger retired at the end of the term.

Rhode IslandEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Claiborne Pell 275,575 68.90
Republican Raoul Archambault Jr. 124,408 31.10
Majority 151,167 37.80
Turnout 399,983
Democratic hold

South CarolinaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Strom Thurmond (Incumbent) 330,167 99.97
None Write-Ins 102 0.03
Majority 330,065 99.94
Turnout 330,269
Democratic hold

South DakotaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karl Mundt (Incumbent) 160,181 52.44
Democratic George McGovern 145,261 47.56
Majority 14,920 4.88
Turnout 305,442
Republican hold

TennesseeEdit

Tennessee election
 
     
Nominee Estes Kefauver A. Bradley Frazier
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 594,460 234,053
Percentage 71.75% 28.25%

U.S. senator before election

Estes Kefauver
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Estes Kefauver
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Estes Kefauver (Incumbent) 594,460 71.75
Republican A. Bradley Frazier 234,053 28.25
None Write-Ins 6 0.00
Majority 360,407 43.50
Turnout 828,519
Democratic hold

TexasEdit

Incumbent two-term Democrat Lyndon Johnson was easily re-elected, but he was also elected the same day as Vice President with John F. Kennedy being elected president. This was the last election in which a Democrat was selected to Texas's class 2 Senate seat.

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lyndon Johnson (Incumbent) 1,306,625 57.97
Republican John Tower 926,653 41.12
Constitution Bard W. Logan 20,506 0.91
Majority 379,972 16.85
Turnout 2,253,784
Democratic hold

Johnson resigned January 3, 1961 — before the new Congress began — and former Democratic senator William A. Blakley was appointed to begin the term, pending a special election. Republican John Tower, who lost to Johnson here in 1960, would win that May 1961 special election.

VirginiaEdit

Virginia election
 
← 1954
1966 →
     
Nominee Absalom Willis Robertson Stuart D. Baker
Party Democratic Independent Democratic
Popular vote 506,169 88,718
Percentage 81.3% 14.2%

U.S. senator before election

Absalom Willis Robertson
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Absalom Willis Robertson
Democratic

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic A. Willis Robertson (Incumbent) 506,169 81.27
Independent Democratic Stuart D. Baker 88,718 14.24
Social Democratic Clarke T. Robbe 26,783 4.30
None Scattering 1,150 0.18
Majority 417,451 67.03
Turnout 622,820
Democratic hold

West VirginiaEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennings Randolph (Incumbent) 458,355 55.34
Republican Cecil Underwood 369,935 44.66
None Write-Ins 2 0.00
Majority 88,420 10.68
Turnout 828,292
Democratic hold

WyomingEdit

General election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Edwin Keith Thomson 78,103 56.37
Democratic Raymond B. Whitaker 60,447 43.63
Majority 17,656 12.74
Turnout 138,550
Republican gain from Democratic

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Appointee elected
  2. ^ a b Edwin Keith Thomson, the Republican Senator-elect as a result of the November election, died on December 9; Democrat John J. Hickey was appointed in his place and seated at the beginning of the 87th United States Congress on January 3, 1961.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1960" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "SENATORS OF THE UNITED STATES 1789-present A chronological list of senators since the First Congress in 1789" (PDF). United States Senate. p. 66. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Our Campaigns - OR US Senate - Special Election Race - Nov 08, 1960". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Our Campaigns - OR US Senate Race - Nov 08, 1960". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - ND US Senate Special Election Race". June 28, 1960.
  6. ^ Beatty, Jack (2010). The Politics of Public Virtue. pp. 261–268.
  7. ^ "Sen. Neuberger, Jewish Member of U.S. Senate, Dies; Was 47 Years Old". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. March 10, 1960.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - OR US Senate - D Primary Race - May 20, 1960". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - OR US Senate - R Primary Race - May 20, 1960". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.