1974 United States Senate election in Vermont

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United States Senate election in Vermont, 1974

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  Patrick Leahy 1979 congressional photo.jpg Richard W. Mallary.jpg
Nominee Patrick Leahy Richard Mallary
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 70,629 66,223
Percentage 49.5% 46.4%

Vermont Senate Election Results by County, 1974.svg
County results
Leahy:      40–50%      50–60%
Mallary:      40–50%      50–60%

U.S. Senator before election

George Aiken
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Patrick Leahy
Democratic

The 1974 United States Senate election in Vermont took place on November 5, 1974. The incumbent Republican Sen. George Aiken did not run for re-election to another term in the United States Senate. The Democratic nominee, attorney and prosecutor Patrick Leahy, defeated Republican nominee, then-Rep. Richard W. Mallary, to become Aiken's successor.

This election featured future Mayor of Burlington, U.S. Representative, and Leahy's future Senate colleague, Bernie Sanders, who was the nominee for the Liberty Union Party. Sanders won only 4.1% of the vote and failed to win any counties but managed to obtain 5.6% of the vote in Chittenden County.

This election marked the first time that the state of Vermont elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Leahy, who still holds this seat as of 2019, remains the only Democrat ever elected to the Senate in the state. Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats, was elected to Vermont's other U.S. Senate seat in 2006, but is an independent.

Republican primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Richard W. Mallary 27,221 59.1%
Republican Charles R. Ross 16,479 35.8%
Republican T. Serse Ambrosini 2,265 4.9%
Republican Other 61 0.1%
Total votes 46,026 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Patrick Leahy 19,801 83.9%
Democratic Nathaniel Frothingham 3,703 15.7%
Democratic Other 97 0.4%
Total votes 23,601 100.0%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Vermont, 1974[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Patrick Leahy 70,629 49.47%
Republican Richard W. Mallary 66,223 46.38%
Liberty Union Bernie Sanders 5,901 4.13%
N/A Other 19 0.0%
Total votes 142,772 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Primary Election Results" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "General Election Results - U.S. Senator - 1914-2014" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved June 17, 2015.