1976 United States Senate election in Florida

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Nominee Lawton Chiles John Grady
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,799,518 1,057,886
Percentage 63.0% 37.0%

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County results

Chiles:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Grady:      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Lawton Chiles
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Lawton Chiles
Democratic

The 1976 United States Senate election in Florida was held on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles won re-election to a second term.

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Primary – September 7, 1976[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Grady 164,644 54.51%
Republican Walter Sims 74,684 24.73%
Republican Helen S. Hansel 62,718 20.76%
Total votes 414,207 100

General election

Candidates

Democratic

Republican

Independent

Results

Chiles won in a landslide, dominating most geographic areas of the state. Grady won only Collier County.

United States Senate Election in Florida, 1976[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Lawton Chiles (incumbent) 1,799,518 62.98%
Republican John Grady 1,057,886 37.02%
Write-In Write-ins 130 0.00%
Majority 741,632 25.96%
Turnout 2,857,534 77%
Democratic hold

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Our Campaigns - Candidate - John Grady". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  2. ^ Postal, Leslie (May 27, 2011). "Walter Sims: Sharecropper's son rose to become state lawmaker". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  3. ^ https://www.flsenate.gov/UserContent/Publications/SenateHandbooks/pdf/74-76_Senate_Handbook.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ "Helen S. HANSEL Obituary (2013) Tampa Bay Times". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL US Senate - R Primary Race - Sep 07, 1976". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL US Senate Race - Nov 02, 1976". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL US Senate Race - Nov 02, 1976". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2021-08-13.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - FL US Senate Race - Nov 02, 1976". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2021-08-13.