1980 United States Senate election in Nevada

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United States Senate election in Nevada, 1980

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Nominee Paul Laxalt Mary Gojack
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 144,224 92,129
Percentage 58.5% 37.4%

Nevada Senate Election Results by County, 1980.svg
U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes those won by Laxalt.

U.S. Senator before election

Paul Laxalt

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Laxalt

The 1980 United States Senate election in Nevada was held on November 4, 1980. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt won re-election to a second term. As of 2019, this is the last time that the Republicans have won the state's Class 3 senate seat.

Major candidates[edit]


  • Mary Gojack, former State Senator (1974–1978) and former State Assemblywoman (1972–1974)[1]



General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Paul Laxalt (inc.) 144,224 58.52% +11.55%
Democratic Mary Gojack 92,129 37.38% -9.22%
Libertarian Allen Hacker 6,920 2.81%
None of These Candidates 3,163 1.28%
Majority 52,095 21.14% +20.77%
Turnout 246,436
Republican hold Swing

See also[edit]