United States Senate election in Arizona, 1986

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The 1986 United States Senate election in Arizona was held on November 4, 1986. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater decided to retire instead of seeking a sixth term. The open seat was won by Republican John McCain, a Congressman and former Navy Officer who has been in office since then.

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1986
Arizona
November 4, 1986
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Nominee John McCain Richard Kimball
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 521,850 340,965
Percentage 60.5% 39.5%

1986 Arizona
U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes counties won by McCain.
Blue denotes those won by Kimball.

U.S. Senator before election

Barry Goldwater
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

John McCain
Republican

Candidates

Democratic

Republican

Campaign

Kimball's campaign was subject to negative press from the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette, both owned by McCain benefactor Darrow Tully. One Gazette columnist described him as displaying "terminal weirdness." [1] McCain ultimately won the election by a margin of 20%[2] and is now Arizona's senior senator.

Results

General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John McCain 521,850 60.47% +11.02%
Democratic Richard Kimball 340,965 39.51% -8.87%
Write-ins 106 0.01%
Majority 180,885 20.96% +19.89%
Turnout 862,921
Republican hold Swing

See also

References

  1. ^ Nowicki, D. & Muller, B. (March 1, 2007). The Senate calls. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Election Results 1986

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