1964 United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming

The 1964 United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming was held on November 3, 1964, to elect the United States Representative from Wyoming's at-large congressional district. Incumbent Republican Representative William Henry Harrison III sought reelection to a fifth term, but was defeated by Democratic nominee Teno Roncalio.[1]

1964 United States House of Representatives election in Wyoming

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  Teno Roncalio 1965.png William Henry Harrison III 1963.png
Nominee Teno Roncalio William Henry Harrison III
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 70,693 68,482
Percentage 50.79% 49.21%

Representative At-large before election

William Henry Harrison III
Republican

Elected Representative At-large

Teno Roncalio
Democratic

Republican nominationEdit

It was speculated that Harrison would run against incumbent Democratic Senator Gale W. McGee in the 1964 Senate election, but on January 29, 1964, he announced that he would not run in the Senate election and run for reelection to the United States House of Representatives instead.[2][3]

Democratic nominationEdit

Walter Phelan, the chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Central Committee, listed International Joint Commission chairman Teno Roncalio, U.S. Marshall John Terril, Natrona County Attorney Harry Leimback, state Senator Ed Kendig, state Representative Edgar Herschler, Cheyenne Mayor Bill Nation, William Hill, and Ray Whitaker as possible candidates for the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives.[4]

On April 28, 1964, Roncalio announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives.[5] The Wyoming Democratic Party voted to endorse Roncalio at its state convention on May 9.[6] On July 1, Ronclaio filed to run for the Democratic nomination.[1]

George W. K. Posvar, a perennial candidate, was the first person to file for the Democratic nomination.[7] Hepburn Armstrong, who served as the Democratic nominee during the 1962 election, also filed to run.[8]

Roncalio placed first in the Democratic primary with 29,860 votes (70.26%), with Armstrong receiving 9,371 votes (22.05%), Steve Moyle receiving 2,080 (4.89%), and Posvar receiving 1,188 votes (2.80%).[9]

ResultsEdit

1964 Wyoming at-large congressional district Democratic primary[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Teno Roncalio 29,860 70.26%
Democratic Hepburn T. Armstrong 9,371 22.05%
Democratic S. W. Moyle 2,080 4.89%
Democratic George W. K. Posvar 1,188 2.80%
Total votes 42,499 100.00%

General electionEdit

1964 Wyoming at-large congressional district election[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Teno Roncalio 70,693 50.79% +12.17%
Republican William Henry Harrison (incumbent) 68,482 49.21% -12.17%
Total votes 139,175 100.00%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Roncalio Files For Democratic Nomination In U.S. House Race". Casper Morning Star. July 2, 1964. p. 8. Archived from the original on September 21, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Harrison's Decision Due This Month". Casper Star-Tribune. January 13, 1964. p. 2. Archived from the original on May 13, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Harrison Won't Try For Senate". Casper Star-Tribune. January 30, 1964. p. 2. Archived from the original on May 13, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Democratic candidate list". Casper Star-Tribune. January 30, 1964. p. 2. Archived from the original on September 21, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Teno Roncalio Throws His Hat In The Ring". The Jackson Hole Guide. April 30, 1964. p. 13. Archived from the original on September 21, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Roncalio Wins Endorsements". Billings Gazette. May 14, 1964. p. 23. Archived from the original on September 21, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Posvar First". Casper Morning Star. July 1, 1964. p. 2. Archived from the original on September 21, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Hepburn Armstrong". Casper Morning Star. August 19, 1964. p. 1. Archived from the original on September 22, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ a b "1964 primary results". The Billings Gazette. September 5, 1964. p. 24. Archived from the original on 5 June 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "1964 election results". The Billings Gazette. December 2, 1964. p. 24. Archived from the original on 5 June 2020 – via Newspapers.com.