United States Senate election in Tennessee, 1978

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United States Senate election in Tennessee, 1978

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Nominee Howard Baker Jane Eskind
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 642,644 466,228
Percentage 55.54% 40.30%

U.S. Senator before election

Howard Baker
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Baker
Republican

United States Senate election in Tennessee, 1978 took place on November 7, as a part of the Senate class 2 election.

Situation[edit]

Two-term popular incumbent Howard Baker, who had served as United States Senate Minority Leader since 1977, ran for reelection against first-time candidate and Democratic Party activist Jane Eskind.

Democratic nomination[edit]

Candidates:

In the primary, held on August 3, Eskind won in an open primary against eight other candidates:[1]

  • Eskind – 196,156 (34.52%)
  • Bruce – 170,795 (30.06%)
  • Lee – 89,939 (15.83%)
  • Boyd – 48,458 (8.53%)
  • Bradley – 22,130 (3.90%)
  • Heinsohn – 17,787 (3.13%)
  • Foster – 10,671 (1.88%)
  • Nyabongo – 7,682 (1.35%)
  • Vick – 4,414 (0.78%)
  • Write-in – 147 (0.03%)

Republican nomination[edit]

Candidates:

In the primary, held on August 3, Baker easily emerged as the winner:[2]

  • Baker – 205,680 (83.44%)
  • Howard – 21,154 (8.58%)
  • Boles – 8,899 (3.61%)
  • Patty – 3,941 (1.60%)
  • Seiler – 3,831 (1.55%)
  • Trapp – 2,994 (1.22%)

General election[edit]

Baker won with a 15-point margin in the general election, held on November 7:[3]

General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Howard Baker 642,644 55.54%
Democratic Jane Eskind 466,228 40.30%
Independent Thomas Jefferson Anderson 45,908 3.97%
Independent Fern L. Keasler 2,243 0.19%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns – TN US Senate – D Primary Race – Aug 03, 1978". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns – TN US Senate – R Primary Race – Aug 03, 1978". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns – TN US Senate Race – Nov 07, 1978". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2014-11-24.