1978 United States Senate election in Maine

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Nominee William Cohen William Hathaway Hayes Gahagan
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 212,294 127,327 27,824
Percentage 56.59% 33.94% 7.42%

County results
Cohen:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

William Hathaway
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

William Cohen
Republican

The 1978 United States Senate election in Maine was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator William Hathaway decided to run for re-election to a second term, but was defeated by William Cohen, the Republican nominee and the U.S. Representative from Maine's 2nd congressional district. No incumbent Senator has lost by such a large margin since Hathaway's 22.65-point loss.

Major candidates

Democratic

Republican

Independent

General election

Results

United States Senate election in Maine, 1978[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Cohen 212,294 56.59% +9.83%
Democratic William Hathaway (incumbent) 127,327 33.94% -19.29%
Independent Hayes E. Gahagan 27,824 7.42%
Independent John J. Jannace 5,553 1.48%
Independent Plato Truman 2,116 0.56%
Majority 84,967 22.65% +16.19%
Turnout 375,114
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

See also

References

  1. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved July 2, 2014.