1972 United States Senate election in Colorado

The 1972 United States Senate election in Colorado took place on November 7, 1972. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Allott ran for re-election to a fourth term, but was narrowly defeated by Democratic former State Representative Floyd Haskell. This would be the last time until 2008 that a Democrat was elected to the Class 2 Senate seat from Colorado.

1972 United States Senate election in Colorado

← 1966 November 7, 1972 1978 →
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Nominee Floyd Haskell Gordon Allott
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 457,545 447,957
Percentage 49.41% 48.37%

1972 United States Senate election in Colorado results map by county.svg
County results
Haskell:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Allott:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Gordon Allott
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Floyd Haskell
Democratic

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Floyd Haskell, a former State Representative who had served as a Republican from 1965–67, but had left the party in 1970 over opposition to the Vietnam War, won the primary.

1972 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Floyd Haskell 77,574 58.83%
Democratic Anthony Vollack 54,298 41.18%
Total votes 131,872 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Floyd Haskell 457,545 49.41%  7.48
Republican Gordon Allott (incumbent) 447,957 48.37%  9.65
Raza Unida Secundino Salazar 13,228 1.43% N/A
American Henry John Olshaw 7,353 0.79% N/A
Total votes 926,083 100.00% N/A
Democratic gain from Republican

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - CO US Senate - R Primary Race - Aug 14, 1978".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - CO US Senate Race - Nov 07, 1972".
  3. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1973). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1972" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.