1980 United States Senate election in Arizona

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United States Senate election in Arizona, 1980

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Nominee Barry Goldwater Bill Schulz
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 432,371 422,972
Percentage 49.5% 48.4%

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U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes counties won by Goldwater.
Blue denotes those won by Schulz.

U.S. Senator before election

Barry Goldwater

Elected U.S. Senator

Barry Goldwater

The 1980 United States Senate election in Arizona took place on November 4, 1980. Incumbent Republican Senator Barry Goldwater decided to run for reelection to a third consecutive term, after returning to the Senate in 1968 following his failed presidential run in 1964 against Lyndon B. Johnson. Despite Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan's landslide win in Arizona, Goldwater defeated Democratic Party nominee Bill Schulz in the general election by a narrow margin, which later caused Goldwater to decide against running for reelection to a fourth consecutive term. Goldwater won only 3 counties including Maricopa County.

Republican primary[edit]


Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Schulz 97,520 55.36%
Democratic James F. McNulty, Jr. 58,894 33.43%
Democratic Frank DePaoli 19,259 10.93%
Democratic Frances Morgan (withdrawn) 485 0.28%
Total votes 176,158 100.00

General election[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1980[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Barry Goldwater 432,371 49.46%
Democratic Bill Schulz 422,972 48.38%
Libertarian Fred R. Esser 12,008 1.37%
People Over Politics Lorenzo Torrez 3,608 0.41%
Socialist Workers Josefina Otero 3,266 0.37%
Majority 9,399 1.08%
Turnout 874,225

See also[edit]