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1972 United States Senate election in Oklahoma
Flag of Oklahoma (1941–1988).svg
← 1966 November 7, 1972 1978 →
  Dewey Bartlett.jpg Rep Ed Edmondson.jpg
Nominee Dewey F. Bartlett Ed Edmondson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 516,934 478,212
Percentage 51.43% 47.58%

1972 United States Senate election in Oklahoma results map by county.svg
County results
Bartlett:      50–60%      60–70%
Edmondson:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Fred R. Harris
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Dewey F. Bartlett
Republican

The 1972 United States Senate election in Oklahoma took place on November 7, 1972. The incumbent Democratic Senator, Fred R. Harris, had retired to run for president.[1] The open seat was won by Republican Dewey F. Bartlett, who defeated Democratic nominee Ed Edmondson. However, his victory underperformed that of President Richard Nixon in the concurrent presidential election, which saw Nixon defeat George McGovern by 49.7% in the state.

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Democratic Party (United States)

Democratic Party (United States)

The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States. Founded in 1828, it was predominantly built by Martin Van Buren, who assembled politicians in every state behind war hero Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party. Its main political rival has been the Republican Party since the 1850s, with both parties being big tents of competing and often opposing viewpoints. Modern American liberalism — a variant of social liberalism — is the party's majority ideology. The party also has notable centrist, social democratic, and left-libertarian factions.

Fred R. Harris

Fred R. Harris

Fred Roy Harris is an American academic, author, and former politician who served as a Democratic member of the United States Senate from Oklahoma.

Republican Party (United States)

Republican Party (United States)

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. The GOP was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists who opposed the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories. It has been the main political rival of the Democratic Party since the mid-1850s. Like them, the Republican Party is a big tent of competing and often opposing ideologies. Presently, the Republican Party contains prominent conservative, centrist, populist, and right-libertarian factions.

Dewey F. Bartlett

Dewey F. Bartlett

Dewey Follett Bartlett Sr. was an American politician who served as the 19th governor of Oklahoma from 1967 to 1971, following his fellow Republican, Henry Bellmon. In 1966, he became the first Roman Catholic elected governor of Oklahoma, defeating the Democratic nominee, Preston J. Moore of Oklahoma City. He was defeated for reelection in 1970 by Tulsa attorney David Hall in the closest election in state history. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1972 and served one term. In 1978, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and did not run for reelection that year. He died of complications of lung cancer two months after retiring from the Senate in 1979.

Ed Edmondson (politician)

Ed Edmondson (politician)

Edmond Augustus Edmondson was an American World War II veteran, lawyer, and politician from Oklahoma. He served 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1973. He was defeated in U.S. Senate elections in Oklahoma three times in 1972, 1974, and 1978.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a representative and senator from California and was the 36th vice president from 1953 to 1961 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. His five years in the White House saw reduction of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, détente with the Soviet Union and China, the first manned Moon landings, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Nixon's second term ended early, when he became the only president to resign from office, as a result of the Watergate scandal.

1972 United States presidential election in Oklahoma

1972 United States presidential election in Oklahoma

The 1972 United States presidential election in Oklahoma was held on November 7, 1972 as part of the 1972 United States presidential election. Voters chose eight electors, or representatives to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

George McGovern

George McGovern

George Stanley McGovern was an American historian and South Dakota politician who was a U.S. representative and three-term U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Edmondson 249,729 56.35%
Democratic Charles R. Nesbitt 92,101 20.78%
Democratic Al Terrill 33,520 7.56%
Democratic Jed Johnson Jr. 28,795 6.50%
Democratic John Rogers 15,280 3.45%
Democratic Clara Luper 10,457 2.36%
Democratic Bill Tiffany 4,184 0.94%
Democratic Albert Anderson 2,870 0.65%
Democratic Billy Brown 2,638 0.60%
Democratic Henry Howell 2,230 0.50%
Democratic Jesse D. Knipp 1,386 0.31%
Total votes 443,190 100.00%

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Ed Edmondson (politician)

Ed Edmondson (politician)

Edmond Augustus Edmondson was an American World War II veteran, lawyer, and politician from Oklahoma. He served 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1973. He was defeated in U.S. Senate elections in Oklahoma three times in 1972, 1974, and 1978.

Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district

Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district

Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district is one of five United States congressional districts in Oklahoma and covers approximately one-fourth of the state in the east. The district borders Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas and includes a total of 24 counties.

Jed Johnson Jr.

Jed Johnson Jr.

Jed Joseph Johnson Jr. was an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 6th congressional district from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Oklahoma's 6th congressional district

Oklahoma's 6th congressional district

Oklahoma's 6th congressional district is a former U.S. congressional district in Western Oklahoma. Oklahoma gained three seats in the 1910 census, but elected the extra seats at-large in 1912. The 6th district was thus created and first used for the 1914 House election. Oklahoma has gradually lost seats since the 1910 census; it lost its sixth seat in the 2000 census. Since 2003, most of the territory that was in the final configuration of the 6th district has been in the 3rd district.

Clara Luper

Clara Luper

Clara Shepard Luper was a civic leader, schoolteacher, and pioneering leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. She is best known for her leadership role in the 1958 Oklahoma City sit-in movement, as she, her young son and daughter, and numerous young members of the NAACP Youth Council successfully conducted carefully planned nonviolent sit-in protests of downtown drugstore lunch-counters, which overturned their policies of segregation. The Clara Luper Corridor is a streetscape and civic beautification project from the Oklahoma Capitol area east to northeast Oklahoma City. In 1972, Clara Luper was an Oklahoma candidate for election to the United States Senate. When asked by the press if she, a black woman, could represent white people, she responded: “Of course, I can represent white people, black people, red people, yellow people, brown people, and polka dot people. You see, I have lived long enough to know that people are people.”

Charles R. Nesbitt

Charles R. Nesbitt

Charles Rudolph Nesbitt, Jr. was an Oklahoma attorney and politician. He held several political positions in the Oklahoma state government, having served as the 9th Attorney General of Oklahoma (1963–1967), a member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (1969–1975), and as Oklahoma Secretary of Energy under Governor David Walters (1991–1995).

Al Terrill

Al Terrill

Al Terrill was an American politician. He served as a Democratic member for the 32nd district of the Oklahoma Senate.

Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma Senate

The Oklahoma Senate is the upper house of the two houses of the Legislature of Oklahoma, the other being the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The total number of senators is set at 48 by the Oklahoma Constitution.

Democratic Party (United States)

Democratic Party (United States)

The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States. Founded in 1828, it was predominantly built by Martin Van Buren, who assembled politicians in every state behind war hero Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party. Its main political rival has been the Republican Party since the 1850s, with both parties being big tents of competing and often opposing viewpoints. Modern American liberalism — a variant of social liberalism — is the party's majority ideology. The party also has notable centrist, social democratic, and left-libertarian factions.

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dewey F. Bartlett 94,935 93.11%
Republican C. W. Wood 7,029 6.89%
Total votes 101,964 100.00%

Results

1966 United States Senate election in Oklahoma[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Dewey F. Bartlett 516,934 51.43% +5.15%
Democratic Ed Edmondson 478,212 47.58% -6.14%
American William G. Roach 5,769 0.57% N/A
Independent Joe C. Phillips 2,264 0.23% N/A
Independent Paul E. Trent 1,969 0.20% N/A
Majority 38,722 3.85% -3.6%
Turnout 1,005,148
Republican gain from Democratic

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Republican Party (United States)

Republican Party (United States)

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. The GOP was founded in 1854 by anti-slavery activists who opposed the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories. It has been the main political rival of the Democratic Party since the mid-1850s. Like them, the Republican Party is a big tent of competing and often opposing ideologies. Presently, the Republican Party contains prominent conservative, centrist, populist, and right-libertarian factions.

Dewey F. Bartlett

Dewey F. Bartlett

Dewey Follett Bartlett Sr. was an American politician who served as the 19th governor of Oklahoma from 1967 to 1971, following his fellow Republican, Henry Bellmon. In 1966, he became the first Roman Catholic elected governor of Oklahoma, defeating the Democratic nominee, Preston J. Moore of Oklahoma City. He was defeated for reelection in 1970 by Tulsa attorney David Hall in the closest election in state history. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1972 and served one term. In 1978, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and did not run for reelection that year. He died of complications of lung cancer two months after retiring from the Senate in 1979.

Democratic Party (United States)

Democratic Party (United States)

The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States. Founded in 1828, it was predominantly built by Martin Van Buren, who assembled politicians in every state behind war hero Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party. Its main political rival has been the Republican Party since the 1850s, with both parties being big tents of competing and often opposing viewpoints. Modern American liberalism — a variant of social liberalism — is the party's majority ideology. The party also has notable centrist, social democratic, and left-libertarian factions.

Ed Edmondson (politician)

Ed Edmondson (politician)

Edmond Augustus Edmondson was an American World War II veteran, lawyer, and politician from Oklahoma. He served 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1973. He was defeated in U.S. Senate elections in Oklahoma three times in 1972, 1974, and 1978.

American Party (1969)

American Party (1969)

The American Party of the United States is a conservative political party in the United States. The party adheres to its Permanent Principles, which were established in 1969.

Voter turnout

Voter turnout

In political science, voter turnout is the participation rate of a given election. This is typically either the percentage of registered voters, eligible voters, or all voting-age people. According to Stanford University political scientists Adam Bonica and Michael McFaul, there is a consensus among political scientists that "democracies perform better when more people vote."

Source: "1972 United States Senate election in Oklahoma", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, December 12th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_United_States_Senate_election_in_Oklahoma.

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References
  1. ^ Hayden, Tom (8 May 1975). "Fred Harris: A Populist With a Prayer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Charles Nesbitt Obituary (2007) Oklahoman". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Al Terrill". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "1968-1974 Election Results" (PDF). Oklahoma State Elections Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.

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