1970 United States Senate election in Nevada

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United States Senate election in Nevada, 1970

← 1964 November 3, 1970 1976 →
  Howard Cannon.jpg William raggio NV state senate.jpg
Nominee Howard Cannon William Raggio
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 85,187 60,838
Percentage 57.7% 41.2%

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U.S. Senate election results map.
Blue denotes counties won by Cannon.
Red denotes those won by Raggio.

U.S. Senator before election

Howard Cannon

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Cannon

The 1970 United States Senate election in Nevada was held on November 3, 1970. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Howard Cannon won re-election to a third term.

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In the Senate, Cannon was known as a moderate in the Democratic Party. He served as chairman of several committees, including the rules committee and the inaugural arrangements committee. Cannon was nearly defeated for re-election in 1964 by Republican Lieutenant Governor Paul Laxalt in one of the closest elections in history. However, he became more popular over the next few years and defeated D.A. William Raggio, whose 1970 senate campaign began his long political career. Raggio ran for the Nevada Senate in 1972 and won. He then served there for decades to come.


General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Howard Cannon (Incumbent) 85,187 57.65% +7.63%
Republican William Raggio 60,838 41.17% -8.81%
American Independent Harold G. DeSellem 1,743 1.18%
Majority 24,349 16.48% +16.44%
Turnout 147,768
Democratic hold Swing

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