1972 United States Senate election in Rhode Island
The 1972 United States Senate election in Rhode Island took place on November 7, 1972. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell successfully sought re-election, defeating Republican John Chafee in the closest race of Pell's Senate career. Chafee was elected to Rhode Island's other Senate seat in 1976, and was colleagues with Pell until the latter's retirement in 1996.
- Claiborne Pell, incumbent U.S. Senator
|Democratic||Claiborne Pell (incumbent)||221,942||53.68%|
|Socialist Workers||Patrick M. DeTemple||458||0.11%|
- "RI US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 7, 1972" (PDF). Office of the U.S. House Clerk. Retrieved 18 March 2014.