United States Senate election in Arizona, 1986

Last updated on 6 November 2017

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
Elected U.S. Senator

John McCain
Republican

U.S. Senator before election

Barry Goldwater
Republican

39.5%
60.5%
340,965
521,850
Democratic
Republican
Richard Kimball
John McCain
November 4, 1986
Arizona

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

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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