1972 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

The United States Senate election of 1972 in Massachusetts was held on November 7, 1972 with the incumbent Republican Senator Edward Brooke defeating his challengers. As of 2021, this is the last time the Republicans won the Class 2 U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, and the last time a Republican won a full U.S. Senate term in the state.

1972 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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Nominee Edward Brooke John Droney
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,505,932 823,278
Percentage 63.53% 34.73%

1972 United States Senate election in Massachusetts results map by municipality.svg
Municipal Results

U.S. senator before election

Edward Brooke
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Edward Brooke
Republican

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

Senator Edward Brooke was unopposed for re-nomination.

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

DeclinedEdit

ResultsEdit

 
Democratic primary results by municipality
Democratic Primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John J. Droney 215,523 45.05%
Democratic Gerald O'Leary 169,876 35.51%
Democratic John P. Lynch 92,979 19.43%
Total votes 478,378 100.00%


Independents and third partiesEdit

Socialist Workers PartyEdit

  • Donald Gurewitz, anti-war activist

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Edward Brooke (incumbent) 1,505,932 63.53%  2.85
Democratic John J. Droney 823,278 34.73%  4.01
Socialist Workers Donald Gurewitz 41,369 1.75%  1.41
Total votes 2,370,579 100.00%

See alsoEdit

External links and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Edward Brooke at ourcampaigns.com
  2. ^ John Droney at ourcampaigns.com
  3. ^ "Galbraith Is Urged To Oppose Brooke". The Harvard Crimson. 5 June 1972.