1958 United States Senate election in Arizona

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United States Senate election in Arizona, 1958

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  Barry Goldwater photo1962.jpg Mcfarland ernest.jpg
Nominee Barry Goldwater Ernest McFarland
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 164,593 129,030
Percentage 56.06% 43.94%

U.S. Senator before election

Barry Goldwater

Elected U.S. Senator

Barry Goldwater

The 1958 United States Senate elections in Arizona took place on November 4, 1958. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater ran for reelection to a second term, and defeated former U.S. Senator, and then-Governor, Ernest McFarland in the general election. The election was a virtual rematch from 1952, where Goldwater defeated McFarland by a narrow margin. Goldwater had attributed the win to the unpopularity of President Harry S. Truman and popular Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy endorsing his campaign.[1]

This would be McFarland's final run for statewide office, as he became Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court in 1968 before retiring from public service.[2]

Republican primary[edit]


Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ernest McFarland 111,429 72.53%
Democratic Stephen W. Langmade 42,199 27.47%
Total votes 153,628 100.00

General election[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1958[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Barry Goldwater 164,593 56.06%
Democratic Ernest McFarland 129,030 43.94%
Majority 35,563 12.12%
Turnout 293,623
Republican hold Swing

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dean, John W. and Goldwater, Barry M., Jr. (2008). Pure Goldwater (1st ed.). New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0230611338.
  2. ^ "McFarland, Ernest William, (1894 - 1984)". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=230759
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=3282