United States Senate elections, 1968


United States Senate elections, 1968

Infobox Election
election_name = United States Senate elections, 1968
country = United States
type = legislative
ongoing = no
previous_election = United States Senate elections, 1966
previous_year = 1966
next_election = United States Senate elections, 1970
next_year = 1970
seats_for_election = 34 seats in the United States Senate
election_date = November 5, 1968



leader1 = Mike Mansfield
party1 = Democratic Party (United States)
leaders_seat1 = Montana
last_election1 = 62 seats
seats1 = 57
seat_change1 = -5
popular_vote1 =
percentage1 =
swing1 =



leader2 = Everett Dirksen
party2 = Republican Party (United States)
leaders_seat2 = Illinois
last_election2 = 38 seats
seats2 = 43
seat_change2 = +5
popular_vote2 =
percentage2 =
swing2 =

map_

map_size = 300px
map_caption = legend|#f99|Republican holds

title = Majority Leader
before_election = Mike Mansfield
before_party = Democratic Party (United States)
after_election = Mike Mansfield
after_party = Democratic Party (United States)

The 1968 United States Senate elections were elections for the United States Senate which coincided with the 1968 presidential election. Richard Nixon only won the presidential election narrowly, but the Republicans picked up five net seats in the election (not including two appointments that turned seats over to Republicans in the same year).

Republicans won open seats in Arizona and Florida and defeated Democratic incumbents Joseph S. Clark of Pennsylvania, Daniel Brewster of Maryland, A. S. Mike Monroney of Oklahoma and Wayne Morse of Oregon, as well as taking the seat of Frank J. Lausche of Ohio, who had been defeated in a primary by John J. Gilligan. Democrats won an open seat in Iowa as well as taking the seat of Thomas Kuchel of California, who had been defeated in a primary by Max Rafferty.

In addition, Republican Charles Goodell was appointed in September to the seat of assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy of New York, and Ted Stevens was appointed in December to the seat of deceased Bob Bartlett of Alaska, bringing the net shift up to seven, although Democrats continued to control the chamber 57-43.

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