1972 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1972

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Nominee Edward Brooke John Droney
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,505,932 823,278
Percentage 63.53% 34.73%

1972 US Senate election in Massachusetts results by municipality.svg
Municipal Results

U.S. Senator before election

Edward Brooke

Elected U.S. Senator

Edward Brooke

The United States Senate election of 1972 in Massachusetts was held on November 7, 1972 with the incumbent Republican Senator Edward Brooke defeating his challengers. As of 2019, this is the last time the Republicans have won the Class 2 U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Republican primary[edit]



Senator Edward Brooke was unopposed for re-nomination.

Democratic primary[edit]




Democratic primary results by municipality
Democratic Primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John J. Droney 215,523 45.05%
Democratic Gerald O'Leary 169,876 35.51%
Democratic John P. Lynch 92,979 19.43%

Independents and third parties[edit]

Socialist Workers Party[edit]

  • Donald Gurewitz, anti-war activist

General election[edit]


General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Edward Brooke 1,505,932 63.53% +2.85%
Democratic John J. Droney 823,278 34.73% -4.01%
Socialist Workers Donald Gurewitz 41,369 1.75% +1.41%

See also[edit]

External links and references[edit]

  1. ^ Edward Brooke at ourcampaigns.com
  2. ^ John Droney at ourcampaigns.com