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1952 United States Senate election in California

← 1946 November 4, 1952 1958 →
 
Nominee William F. Knowland Reuben W. Borough
Party Republican Progressive
Alliance Democratic
Popular vote 3,982,448 542,270
Percentage 87.79% 11.95%

County Results
Knowland:      80–90%      >90%

U.S. senator before election

William F. Knowland
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

William F. Knowland
Republican

The 1952 United States Senate election in California was held on November 4, 1952.

By cross-filing and winning the Democratic nomination, incumbent Republican Senator William F. Knowland was able to cruise to a general election victory with only nominal opposition.

Until 1988, this was the last time a nominee from either party won re-election to this seat.

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

1952 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) 1,341,170 87.68%
Democratic Clinton D. McKinnon (cross-filing) 140,571 9.19%
Republican Robert D. Adams 47,969 3.14%
Total votes 1,529,710 100.00

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

1952 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) (cross-filing) 966,881 55.54%
Democratic Clinton D. McKinnon 633,556 36.39%
Democratic Arthur W. Watwood 140,406 8.07%
Total votes 1,740,843 100.00

General election

Results

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Knowland (Incumbent) 3,982,448 87.79% +33.69%
Progressive Reuben W. Borough 542,270 11.95% N/A
Write-in Helen Gahagan Douglas 11,812 0.26% N/A
Total votes 4,536,530 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

See also

References

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.