United States Senate election in Indiana, 1976

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United States Senate election in Indiana, 1976
1970 ←
November 2, 1976 → 1982

  Richard Lugar 1977 congressional photo.jpg Vance Hartke.jpg
Nominee Richard Lugar Vance Hartke
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,275,833 868,522
Percentage 59.0% 40.2%

U.S. Senator before election

Vance Hartke

Elected U.S. Senator

Richard Lugar

The 1976 United States Senate election in Indiana took place on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Vance Hartke ran for re-election to a fourth term, but was defeated by Republican challenger Richard Lugar.

Major candidates[edit]




General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Richard Lugar 1,275,833 59.03%
Democratic Vance Hartke 868,522 40.19%
Don L. Lee 14,321 0.66%
U.S. Labor David Lee Hoagland 2,511 0.12%
Majority 407,311 18.85%
Turnout 2,161,187
Republican gain from Democratic Swing