1972 United States Senate election in Mississippi

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1972 United States Senate election in Mississippi

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Nominee James Eastland Gil Carmichael
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 375,102 249,779
Percentage 58.1% 38.7%

Mississippi Senate Election Results by County, 1972.svg
County results
Eastland:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%
Carmichael:      40-50%      50-60%

U.S. Senator before election

James Eastland
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

James Eastland
Democratic

The 1972 United States Senate election in Mississippi was held on November 7, 1972. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator James Eastland won re-election to his sixth term. As of 2019, this is the last time that the Democrats have won the state's Class 2 senate seat.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • James Eastland, incumbent Senator
  • Louis Fondren, State Representative[1] (to run as an independent)
  • Taylor Webb, president of the Mississippi Economic Council[1]

Withdrew[edit]

  • C.L. McKinley, pipefitter[1] (to run as an independent candidate)

Results[edit]

1972 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Eastland (inc.) 203,847 70.23%
Democratic Taylor Webb 67,656 23.21%
Democratic Louis Fondren 18,753 6.46%
Total votes 290,256 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Meredith ran as an anti-Nixon candidate, while Carmichael supported President Nixon's re-election.[1]

Results[edit]

1972 Republican U.S. Senate primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gil Carmichael 18,369 79.08%
Republican James Meredith 4,859 20.92%
Total votes 23,228 100.00%

Independents and third parties[edit]

Independent[edit]

Results[edit]

Mississippi U.S. Senate Election, 1972[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic James Eastland 375,102 58.09% Decrease7.47
Republican Gil Carmichael 249,779 38.68% Increase11.98
Independent Prentiss Walker 14,662 2.27% N/A
Independent C.L.McKinley 6,203 0.96% N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Eastland to Face 3 Rivals in Primary". The New York Times. 9 April 1972. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  2. ^ "MS US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ "MS US Senate - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=6502