1978 United States Senate election in Rhode Island

The 1978 United States Senate election in Rhode Island took place on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell successfully sought re-election, defeating Republican James G. Reynolds.

1978 United States Senate election in Rhode Island

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Nominee Claiborne Pell James Reynolds
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 229,557 76,061
Percentage 75.1% 24.9%

1978 United States Senate election in Rhode Island results map by county.svg
County results
Pell:      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Claiborne Pell
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Claiborne Pell
Democratic

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Claiborne Pell (incumbent) 69,729 87.01%
Democratic Raymond J. Greiner 6,076 7.58%
Democratic Francis P. Kelley 4,330 5.41%
Majority 63,653 79.43%
Total votes 80,135 100.00%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • James G. Reynolds

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Claiborne Pell (incumbent) 229,557 75.11%
Republican James Reynolds 76,061 24.89%
Majority 153,496 50.22%
Total votes 305,618 100.00%
Democratic hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RI US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "RI US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved July 2, 2014.