United States Senate election in Alabama, 1986

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United States Senate election in Alabama, 1986
Alabama
1980 ←
November 3, 1986
→ 1992

  Richard Shelby official portrait.JPG JeremiahDentonSenate.jpg
Nominee Richard Shelby Jeremiah Denton
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 609,360 602,537
Percentage 50.3% 49.7%

Senator before election

Jeremiah Denton
Republican

Elected Senator

Richard Shelby
Democratic

The 1986 United States Senate election in Alabama took place on November 3, 1986 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton ran for a second term but lost to Democrat Richard Shelby.

Democratic primary[edit]

Shelby, a moderate-to-conservative Democrat avoided runoff and won nomination in the Democratic Party primary.[1]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

  • Shelby - 420,155 (51.33%)
  • Allen - 284,206 (34.72%)
  • McLaughin - 70,784 (8.65%)
  • Stewart - 26,723 (3.27%)
  • Arnold - 16,722 (2.04%)

Republican primary[edit]

Incumbent Senator Jeremiah Denton, a retired Rear Admiral and decorated Vietnam War veteran who six years earlier became the first Republican elected to the Senate from Alabama since Reconstruction, won the primary with little opposition.[2]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

  • Jeremiah Denton - 29,805 (88.55%)
  • Richard Vickers - 3,854 (11.45%)

General election[edit]

Shelby won a very narrow victory over Denton (less than one percent).[3]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

  • Shelby - 609,360 (50.28%)
  • Denton - 602,537 (49.72%)

References[edit]