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1978 United States Senate election in Kentucky

The 1978 United States Senate election in Kentucky took place on November 7, 1978. Incumbent U.S. Senator Walter Huddleston was re-elected to a second term. As of 2019, this is the last time the Democrats have won the Class 2 Senate seat in Kentucky.

1978 United States Senate election in Kentucky

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Nominee Walter Huddleston Louie Guenthner Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 290,730 175,766
Percentage 60.98% 36.87%

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County results
Huddleston:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Guenthner:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

U.S. Senator before election

Walter Huddleston
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Walter Huddleston
Democratic

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter Huddleston (incumbent) 89,333 75.62%
Democratic Jack Watson 13,177 11.15%
Democratic William Taylor 8,710 7.37%
Democratic George Tolhurst 6,921 5.86%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican Primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Louie Guenthner Jr. 14,218 47.21%
Republican Oline Carmical 9,346 31.04%
Republican Thurman Jerome Hamlin 6,550 21.75%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter Huddleston (incumbent) 290,730 60.98%
Republican Louie Guenthner Jr. 175,766 36.87%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - KY US Senate - D Primary Race - May 23, 1978". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - KY US Senate - R Primary Race - May 23, 1978". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  3. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1979). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.