1958 United States Senate election in North Dakota

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Nominee William Langer Raymond Vendsel
Party Republican Democratic-NPL
Popular vote 117,070 84,892
Percentage 57.21% 41.49%

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County results
Langer:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Vendsel:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

William Langer

Elected U.S. Senator

William Langer

The 1958 United States Senate election in North Dakota took place on November 4, 1958, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of North Dakota, concurrently with other Class 1 elections to the Senate and various other federal, state, and local elections.

Incumbent Republican Senator William Langer was re-elected to a fourth term, defeating a primary challenge from Lieutenant Governor Francis Clyde Duffy and winning the general election with 57.21% of the vote, defeating Democratic-NPL candidate Raymond G. Vendsel who won 41.49% of the vote.[1] Two independent candidates, Arthur C. Townley and Custer Solem, also ran, had minimal impact on the outcome of the election, winning 1,700 (0.83%) and 973 (0.48%) votes, respectively. Townley was known as the creator of the National Non-Partisan League, and had previously sought North Dakota's other senate seat in 1956. This was the last time North Dakota's class 1 seat was won by a Republican until Kevin Cramer won it in 2018.

Election results

1958 United States Senate election in North Dakota
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Langer (incumbent) 117,070 57.21% -9.14%
Democratic-NPL Raymond G. Vensel 84,892 41.49% +18.23%
Independent Arthur C. Townley 1,700 0.83% N/A
Independent Custer Solem 973 0.48% N/A
Majority 32,178 15.72% -27.37%
Total votes 204,635 100.00% N/A
Republican hold

See also


  1. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1958" (PDF). Compiled from official sources by Benjamin J. Guthrie under the direction of Ralph R. Roberts. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. March 16, 1959. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 14, 2006. Retrieved November 14, 2006 – via Wayback Machine.((cite web)): CS1 maint: others (link)