1968 United States Senate election in South Dakota

The 1968 United States Senate election in South Dakota took place on November 5, 1968. Incumbent Democratic Senator George McGovern ran for re-election to a second term. He was challenged by former Governor Archie M. Gubbrud, who was persuaded to enter the race by the South Dakota Republican establishment.[1] McGovern defeated Gubbrud by a wide margin, even as Richard Nixon was defeating Hubert Humphrey in the state's presidential election in a landslide.

1968 United States Senate election in South Dakota

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Nominee George McGovern Archie M. Gubbrud
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 158,961 120,951
Percentage 56.79% 43.21%

South Dakota Senate Election Results by County, 1968.svg
County results
McGovern:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Gubbrud:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

George McGovern
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

George McGovern
Democratic

Primary electionsEdit

Both McGovern and Gubbrud were unopposed in their respective primaries.[2] Gubbrud and incumbent Governor Nils Boe were seen as likely Republican candidates, but on March 22, Boe announced that he would not run.[3] Shortly thereafter, a grassroots group of Republicans supportive of Gubbrud, named "Archie's Archers," started a campaign to persuade him to run, and received promises from other potential Republican candidates that they wouldn't run if Gubbrud did.[4] On April 7, Gubbrud announced that he would run for the Senate,[5] and subsequently received endorsements from prominent Republican figures, including former Vice-President Richard Nixon.[6]

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1968 United States Senate election in South Dakota[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic George McGovern (inc.) 158,961 56.79% +6.67%
Republican Archie M. Gubbrud 120,951 43.21% -6.67%
Majority 38,010 13.58% +13.34%
Turnout 279,912 100.00%
Democratic hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Supporters Feel Assured Gubbrud To Seek Senate". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, S.D. April 3, 1968. p. 2. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Democrats Have Three-Way Race For 1968 Presidential Delegation". Mitchell Daily Republic. Mitchell, S.D. April 22, 1968. p. 2. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "Boe Out Of Senate Race". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, S.D. March 22, 1968. p. 1-2. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  4. ^ "Supporters Feel Assured Gubbrud To Seek Senate". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, S.D. April 3, 1968. p. 2. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  5. ^ "Gubbrud To Seek GOP Nomination For Senate". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, S.D. April 7, 1968. p. 1-2. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  6. ^ "Nixon Backs Gubbrud". Rapid City Journal. Rapid City, S.D. April 11, 1968. p. 8. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  7. ^ Nelson, Nelson; Heinrich, Chad W., eds. (2005). "Chapter 8: Elections". Legislative Manual: South Dakota, 2005. Pierre, S.D. p. 637.