1966 United States Senate election in Alabama

The 1966 United States Senate election in Alabama was held on November 8, 1966. Incumbent Senator John Sparkman was re-elected to a fourth term in office over Republican John Grenier.

1966 United States Senate election in Alabama

← 1960 November 8, 1966 1972 →
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Nominee John Sparkman John Grenier
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 482,138 313,018
Percentage 60.1% 39.0%

1966 United States Senate election in Alabama results map by county.svg
County results
Sparkman:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Grenier:      60-70%

U.S. senator before election

John Sparkman
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

John Sparkman
Democratic

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

CampaignEdit

This was the first Alabama election since Reconstruction to be regulated by federal elections observers, who were sent by the Department of Justice to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.[1]

ResultsEdit

1966 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Sparkman (inc.) 378,295 56.98%
Democratic Frank E. Dixon 133,139 20.05%
Democratic John G. Crommelin 114,622 17.26%
Democratic Margaret E. Stewart 37,889 5.71%
Total votes 663,945 100.00%

Independents and third partiesEdit

Third PartyEdit

  • Julian Elgin, Republican nominee for Senate in 1960

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Sparkman (inc.) 482,138 60.07%  10.17
Republican John Grenier 313,018 39.00%  9.24
Third Julian Elgin 7,444 0.93% N/A
Total votes 802,600 100.00%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roberts, Gene (3 May 1966). "Alabama Negroes Key to Vote Today". The New York Times. p. 1.
  2. ^ "AL US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - AL US Senate Race". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 17 June 2020.