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1970 United States Senate election in Connecticut

The United States Senate election of 1970 in Connecticut was held on November 3, 1970. Republican Lowell Weicker defeated Democratic candidate Joseph Duffey and incumbent Thomas J. Dodd who ran this time, as an independent. Dodd entered the race at the last minute and split the Democratic vote, allowing Weicker to win with only 42% of the vote.

1970 United States Senate election in Connecticut

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Nominee Lowell Weicker Joseph Duffey Thomas J. Dodd
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 454,721 368,111 266,497
Percentage 41.74% 33.79% 24.46%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Thomas J. Dodd

Elected U.S. Senator

Lowell Weicker


United States Senate election in Connecticut, 1970[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lowell P. Weicker Jr. 454,721 41.74%
Democratic Joseph Duffey 368,111 33.79%
Independent Thomas J. Dodd 266,497 24.46%
Majority 86,610 7.95%
Turnout 1,089,329
Swing to Republican from Democratic Swing