1974 United States Senate election in California

1974 United States Senate election in California

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Nominee Alan Cranston H. L. Richardson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,693,160 2,210,267
Percentage 60.52% 36.22%

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County Results
Cranston:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Richardson:      40–50%

U.S. Senator before election

Alan Cranston
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Alan Cranston
Democratic

The 1974 United States Senate election in California was held on November 5, 1974. Incumbent Democrat Alan Cranston defeated Republican nominee H. L. Richardson with 60.52% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on June 4, 1974.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alan Cranston 2,262,574 83.54
Democratic Howard L. Gifford 318,080 11.75
Democratic Frank Kacsinta 127,149 4.70%
Total votes 2,707,803 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican H. L. Richardson 1,061,986 64.64
Republican Earl W. Brian 273,636 16.65
Republican James E. Johnson 118,715 7.23
Republican William H. Reinholz 107,217 6.53
Republican Thomas A. Malatesta 79,955 4.87
Total votes 1,641,509 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Major party candidates

  • Alan Cranston, Democratic
  • H. L. Richardson, Republican

Other candidates

  • Jacie McCoy, American Independent
  • Gayle Justice, Peace and Freedom

Results[edit]

1974 United States Senate election in California[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Alan Cranston 3,693,160 60.52%
Republican H. L. Richardson 2,210,267 36.22%
American Independent Jacie McCoy 101,145 1.66%
Peace and Freedom Gayle Justice 96,436 1.58%
Majority 1,482,893
Turnout 6,102,432
Democratic hold Swing

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