1958 United States Senate election in New Jersey

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1958 United States Senate election in New Jersey

← 1952 November 4, 1958 1964 →
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Nominee Harrison Williams Robert Kean
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 966,832 882,287
Percentage 51.39% 46.90%

U.S. Senator before election

H. Alexander Smith
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Harrison Williams
Democratic

The 1958 United States Senate election in New Jersey was held on November 4, 1958.

Incumbent Senator H. Alexander Smith chose not to seek a third term in office. Democratic U.S. Representative Harrison Williams won the open seat over U.S. Representative Robert Kean. This was one of a record twelve seats Democrats gained from the Republican Party in 1958.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

1958 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Kean 152,884 43.00%
Republican Bernard M. Shanley 128,990 36.28%
Republican Robert J. Morris 73,658 20.72%
Total votes 355,532 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

1958 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harrison A. Williams 152,413 43.12%
Democratic John Grogan 139,605 39.49%
Democratic Joseph E. McLean 61,478 17.39%
Total votes 353,496 100.00%

Independents and third parties[edit]

Conservative[edit]

  • Winifred O. Perry, Montclair resident and perennial candidate

Independent[edit]

People's Choice[edit]

  • John M. D'Addetta, resident of Hoboken

Politicians are Jokers[edit]

  • Henry Krajewski, Secaucus resident and perennial candidate

Socialist Labor[edit]

  • Albert Ronis, Bridgeton resident and perennial candidate

Socialist Workers[edit]

  • Daniel Roberts, resident of Newark

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Harrison A. Williams 966,832 51.39% Increase7.77
Republican Robert Kean 882,287 46.90% Decrease8.61
Socialist Workers Daniel Roberts 11,669 0.62% Increase0.40
Politicians Are Jokers Henry Krajewski 6,013 0.32% N/A
Independent John J. Winberry 5,481 0.29% N/A
Conservative Winifred O. Perry 3,062 0.16% N/A
People's Choice John M. D'Addetta 3,024 0.16% N/A
Socialist Labor Albert Ronis 2,935 0.16% Increase0.09
Total votes 1,881,303 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NJ US Senate - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. ^ "NJ US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. ^ "NJ US Senate Race". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.