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1970 United States Senate election in North Dakota

The 1970 United States Senate election in North Dakota was held November 3, 1970. The incumbent, North Dakota Democratic NPL Party Senator Quentin Burdick, was re-elected to his third term, defeating Republican candidate Thomas S. Kleppe, who later became the United States Secretary of the Interior.[1]

United States Senate election in North Dakota, 1970

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Nominee Quentin Burdick Thomas Kleppe
Party Democratic-NPL Republican
Popular vote 134,519 82,996
Percentage 61.27% 37.80%

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U.S. Senate election results map.
Blue denotes counties won by Burdick.
Red denotes those won by Kleppe.

U.S. Senator before election

Quentin Burdick

Elected U.S. Senator

Quentin Burdick

Only Burdick filed as a Dem-NPLer, and the endorsed Republican candidate was Thomas S. Kleppe, who was finishing his second and final term as a Representative for North Dakota's second congressional district. Burdick and Kleppe won the primary elections for their respective parties.

One independent candidate, Russell Kleppe, also filed before the deadline.

Election resultsEdit

1970 United States Senate election in North Dakota
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Quentin Burdick, Incumbent 134,519 61.27
Republican Thomas S. Kleppe 82,996 37.80
Independent Russell Kleppe 2,045 0.93
Turnout 219,560

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