1954 United States Senate election in Illinois

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Turnout63.69%
 
Nominee Paul Douglas Joseph T. Meek
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,804,338 1,563,683
Percentage 53.57% 46.43%

County Results
Douglas:      50–60%      60–70%
Meeks:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Paul Douglas
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Douglas
Democratic

The 1960 United States Senate election in Illinois took place on November 2, 1954.[1] Incumbent Democratic United States Senator Paul Douglas was reelected to a second term.

Election information

The primary (held on April 13) and general election coincided with those for House and those for state elections.[1]

Turnout

Turnout in the primaries was 27.07%, with a total of 1,431,554 votes cast.[1][2] Despite a crowded field for the Republican nomination, the primaries experienced what The New York Times reporter Richard J. H. Johnston referred to as, "one of the lightest primary votes of recent years," in Illinois.[3]

Turnout during the general election was 63.69%, with 3,368,021 votes cast.[1][4] This election saw less votes cast than were cast in either of the two coinciding races for statewide executive offices in Illinois.[1]

Democratic primary

Incumbent Paul Douglas was renominated, running unopposed.

Candidates

Paul Douglas, incumbent U.S. Senator

Results

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paul H. Douglas (incumbent) 587,084 100
Write-in Others 5 0.00
Total votes 587,089 100

Republican primary

Joseph T. Meek won a crowded Republican primary.

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph T. Meek 283,843 33.61
Republican Edward A. Hayes 181,490 21.49
Republican Austin L. Wyman 103,202 12.22
Republican Park Livingston 74,965 8.48
Republican John B. Crane 56,086 6.64
Republican Julius Klein 48,764 5.78
Republican Edgar M. Elbert 31,420 3.72
Republican Herbert F. Geisler 27,563 3.26
Republican Lar "America First" Daly 18,585 2.20
Republican Deenen A. Watson 18,496 2.19
Write-in Others 51 0.01
Total votes 844,465 100

General election

Results

United States Senate election in Illinois, 1966[1][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paul H. Douglas (incumbent) 1,804,338 53.57
Republican Joseph T. Meek 1,563,683 46.43
Total votes 3,368,021 100

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "OFFICIAL VOTE of the STATE OF ILLINOIS Cast at the GENERAL ELECTION, NOVEMBER 2, 1954 JUDICIAL ELECTION, 1953, 1954 SPECIAL ELECTION, 1953 • PRIMARY ELECTION GENERAL PRIMARY, APRIL, 13, 1954" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 7 July 2020.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "OFFICIAL VOTE Cast at the PRIMARY ELECTION MARCH 16, 1982" (PDF). www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 4 July 2020.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Johnston, Richard J. H. (14 April 1954). "G. O. P. PICKS MEEK IN ILLINOIS RACE; He Will Oppose Douglas for Senate -- Velde, Chiperfield Are Primary Victors". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  4. ^ "OFFICIAL VOTE Cast at the GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 2, 1982" (PDF). www.elections.il.gov. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 4 July 2020.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "EDGAR M. ELBERT". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. 26 January 1999. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Senatorial Candidates-4". Freeport Journal-Standard. 22 March 1954. p. 8. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  7. ^ "AUSTIN L. WYMAN JR". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1960" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved April 30, 2019.