1992 United States Senate election in Washington

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United States Senate election in Washington, 1992

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  Pat Murray, official 103rd Congress photo.png Rod Chandler.jpg
Nominee Patty Murray Rod Chandler
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,197,973 1,020,829
Percentage 54.0% 46.0%

Washington Senate Election Results by County, 1992.svg
County Results

U.S. Senator before election

Brock Adams

Elected U.S. Senator

Patty Murray

The 1992 United States Senate election in Washington was held on November 3, 1992. Serving one term, incumbent U.S. Senator Brock Adams was strongly supportive of his party's leadership[citation needed]. In 1992 he chose not to be a candidate for reelection after eight women made statements to The Seattle Times alleging that Adams had committed various acts of sexual misconduct, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.[1] Adams denied the allegations, but his popularity statewide was weakened considerably by the scandal and he chose to retire rather than risk losing the seat for his party. Chandler seemed to have the upper hand in one of the debates until for some unknown reason he quoted the Roger Miller song "Dang Me."[2] He was further damaged by the unpopularity of President George H.W. Bush in the Pacific Northwest.





United States Senate election in Washington, 1992[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patty Murray 1,197,973 54.0%
Republican Rod Chandler 1,020,829 46.0%
Total votes 2,218,802 100.00%

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  1. ^ Boardman, D., Gilmore, S., Nalder, E., and Pryne, E. (March 1, 1992). "8 More Women Accuse Adams--Allegations of Two Decades of Sexual Harassment, Abuse - And a Rape". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 3, 2009.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Cantwell snubs McGavick on debates By Joel Connelly Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  3. ^ http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/results_report.aspx?e=3&c=&c2=&t=&t2=&p=&p2=&y=