1964 United States Senate election in Wisconsin

The 1964 United States Senate election in Wisconsin was held on November 3, 1964. Incumbent Democrat William Proxmire was narrowly re-elected to a second term in office over Republican Wilbur Renk.

1964 United States Senate election in Wisconsin

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Nominee William Proxmire Wilbur N. Renk
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 892,013 780,116
Percentage 53.30% 46.61%

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County results
Proxmire:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Renk:      50-60%      60-70%

U.S. senator before election

William Proxmire
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

William Proxmire
Democratic

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Kenneth F. Klinkert
  • William Proxmire, incumbent Senator since 1957 (Democratic)
  • Arlyn F. Wollenburg

ResultsEdit

1964 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Proxmire (incumbent) 295,676 88.78%
Democratic Kenneth F. Klinkert 20,022 6.01%
Democratic Arlyn F. Wollenburg 17,333 5.21%
Total votes 333,031 100.00%

After losing the primary, Klinkert entered the general election as a candidate running on a "Faith and Belief in Man" ticket.

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Wilbur N. Renk, candidate for Governor in 1962

ResultsEdit

1964 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wilbur N. Renk 300,258 100.00%
Total votes 300,258 100.00%

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Wayne Leverenz (Socialist Workers)
  • Kenneth F. Klinkert (Faith and Belief in Man)
  • William Proxmire, incumbent Senator (Democratic)
  • Wilbur N. Renk, candidate for Governor in 1962 (Republican)

ResultsEdit

1964 United States Senate election in Wisconsin[2][1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William Proxmire (incumbent) 892,013 53.30%  3.83
Republican Wilbur N. Renk 780,116 46.61%  3.88
Independent Kenneth F. Klinkert 1,062 0.06% N/A
Socialist Workers Wayne Leverenz 479 0.03%  0.07
Total votes 1,673,670 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c H. Rupert Theobald (1966). "The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1966" (PDF). p. 733. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1965-05-01). "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 3, 1964" (PDF). United States House of Representatives. p. 39. Retrieved 17 June 2021.