1964 United States Senate election in Nevada

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Howard Cannon.jpg
Governor Laxalt (cropped).jpg
Nominee Howard Cannon Paul Laxalt
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 67,336 67,288
Percentage 50.02% 49.98%

1964 United States Senate election in Nevada results map by county.svg
County results
Cannon:      50–60%      60–70%
Laxalt:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Howard Cannon

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Cannon

The 1964 United States Senate election in Nevada was held on November 3, 1964. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Howard Cannon won re-election to a second term by a slim margin of only 48 votes.

As of 2021, this remains the closest Senate race in US history since the passing of the 17th amendment in which the winner was seated as Senator.[citation needed][a]

General election



General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Howard Cannon (incumbent) 67,336 50.02 -7.66
Republican Paul Laxalt 67,288 49.98 +7.66
Majority 48 0.04 -15.32
Total votes 134,624 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ The 1974 election in New Hampshire, decided by only two votes, was certified but challenged before the Senate without a conclusion. New Hampshire held a second election which was decided by around 27,000 votes.