1952 United States Senate election in Montana

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1952 United States Senate election in Montana

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  Michael Joseph Mansfield.jpg Zales Nelson Ecton.jpg
Nominee Mike Mansfield Zales Ecton
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 133,109 127,360
Percentage 50.75% 48.56%

U.S. Senator before election

Zales Ecton

Elected U.S. Senator

Mike Mansfield

The 1952 United States Senate election in Montana took place on November 4, 1952. Incumbent United States Senator Zales Ecton, who was first elected to the Senate in 1946, ran for re-election. Ecton won the Republican primary uncontested, and advanced to the general election, where he faced Mike Mansfield, the United States Congressman from Montana's 1st congressional district and the Democratic nominee. Following a close campaign, Mansfield narrowly defeated Ecton, winning his first of several terms in the Senate.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Mansfield 74,239 100.00
Total votes 74,239 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Zales Ecton (inc.) 71,629 100.00
Total votes 71,629 100.00

General election[edit]


United States Senate election in Montana, 1952[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mike Mansfield 133,109 50.75% +5.37%
Republican Zales Ecton (inc.) 127,360 48.56% -4.92%
Progressive Larry Price 1,828 0.70%
Majority 5,749 2.19% -5.90%
Turnout 262,297
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ a b "Report of the Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election Held in the State of Montana, July 15, 1952" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-28. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 4, 1952" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved July 4, 2014.