United States Senate elections, 1978

United States Senate Elections, 1978

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The United States Senate election of 1978 in the middle of Democratic President Jimmy Carter's term. The Democrats lost a net of three seats to the Republicans, leaving the balance of the chamber 58-41 in favor of the Democrats.

Republicans took three open seats, including one in Minnesota (a special election was called after the death of Hubert Humphrey (D-MN)), as well as in Mississippi and South Dakota. They also defeated five Democratic incumbents: Floyd Haskell (D-CO), Dick Clark (D-IA), William Hathaway (D-ME), Wendell Anderson (D-MN), and Thomas McIntyre (D-NH). The two Republican victories in Minnesota saw the state's Senate delegation change from two Democrats to two Republicans in the same election. These were partially balanced by Democratic defeats of Edward Brooke (R-MA) and Robert Griffin (R-MI), and captures of Republican open seats in Nebraska, New Jersey, and Oklahoma.

Notable freshmen included future Defense Secretary William Cohen (R-ME), future Senate Majority Whip Alan K. Simpson (R-WY), future Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI), and Paul Tsongas (D-MA), who would run for President in 1992.

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