1964 United States Senate election in Arizona

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United States Senate election in Arizona, 1964

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Nominee Paul Fannin Roy Elson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 241,089 227,712
Percentage 51.43% 48.57%

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U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes counties won by Fannin.
Blue denotes those won by Elson.

U.S. Senator before election

Barry Goldwater

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Fannin

The 1964 United States Senate election in Arizona took place on November 3, 1964. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater decided not to run for reelection to a third term, instead running for President of the United States as the Republican Party nominee against Lyndon B. Johnson.[1] Governor of Arizona Paul Fannin ran unopposed in the Republican primary, and defeated Democratic nominee Roy Elson, who was a staff member for U.S. Senator Carl Hayden until Hayden's retirement in 1969.

Despite a landslide loss throughout the country, and Goldwater only able to obtain 50.45% of the vote in his home state of Arizona, Fannin managed to prevail in the state's Senate election.

Republican primary[edit]


Democratic primary[edit]


  • Roy Elson, staff member to U.S. Senator Carl Hayden
  • Renz L. Jennings, Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court
  • Howard V. Peterson, lawyer
  • George Gavin
  • Raymond G. Neely, author
  • Robert P. Ketterer


Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Elson 76,697 41.41%
Democratic Renz L. Jennings 64,331 34.73%
Democratic Howard V. Peterson 22,424 12.11%
Democratic George Gavin 10,291 5.56%
Democratic Raymond G. Neely 6,022 3.25%
Democratic Robert P. Ketterer 5,460 2.95%
Total votes 185,225 100.00

General election[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1964[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Paul Fannin 241,089 51.43%
Democratic Roy Elson 227,712 48.57%
Majority 13,377 2.86%
Turnout 468,801
Republican gain from Democratic 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. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=230758
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=3281