United States Senate election in Illinois, 1996

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United States Senate election in Illinois, 1996
Illinois
1990 ←
November 5, 1996 → 2002

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Nominee Dick Durbin Al Salvi
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,384,028 1,728,824
Percentage 56.09% 40.67%

U.S. Senator before election

Paul Simon
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Dick Durbin
Democratic

The 1996 United States Senate election in Illinois took place on November 5, 1996. Incumbent Democratic United States Senator Paul Simon opted to retire rather than seek a third term in the United States Senate. In the Democratic primary, United States Congressman Dick Durbin emerged victorious, while State Representative Al Salvi won the Republican primary. Though the election was initially anticipated to be close, Durbin ended up defeating Salvi by a comfortable double-digit margin of victory, allowing him to win what would be the first of several terms in the Senate.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin 512,520 64.87%
Democratic Pat Quinn 233,138 29.51%
Democratic Ronald F. Gibbs 17,681 2.24%
Democratic Jalil Ahmad 17,211 2.18%
Democratic Paul H. D. Park 9,505 1.20%
Totals 790,055 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Al Salvi 377,141 47.64%
Republican Bob Kustra 342,935 43.32%
Republican Robert Marshall 43,937 5.55%
Republican Martin Paul Gallagher 17,276 2.18%
Republican Wayne S. Kurzeja 10,356 1.31%
Totals 791,645 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Illinois, 1996[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dick Durbin 2,384,028 56.09% -8.98%
Republican Al Salvi 1,728,824 40.67% +5.74%
Reform Steven H. Perry 61,023 1.44%
Libertarian Robin J. Miller 41,218 0.97%
Constitution Chad N. Koppie 17,563 0.41%
Natural Law James E. Davis 13,838 0.33%
Write-ins 4,228 0.10%
Majority 655,204 15.41% -14.72%
Turnout 4,250,722
Democratic hold Swing

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