United States Senate election in Indiana, 1982

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United States Senate election in Indiana, 1982
Indiana
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November 2, 1982
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  Richard Lugar 1977 congressional photo.jpg Floyd Fithian.png
Nominee Richard Lugar Floyd Fithian
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 978,301 828,400
Percentage 53.83 45.58

U.S. Senator before election

Richard Lugar
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Richard Lugar
Republican

The 1982 United States Senate election in Indiana was held on November 2, 1982. Incumbent Republican United States Senator Richard Lugar faced Democratic United States Representative Floyd Fithian in the general election. Lugar won with a margin of 53% of the vote, compared to Fithian's 46%.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Floyd Fithian, U.S. Representative
  • Michael Kendall, Indiana State Senator

Campaign[edit]

After the 1980 Census, the Indiana General Assembly redistricted Indiana's congressional districts, pushing Democratic representative Floyd Fithian's district into more conservative territory.[1] After redistricting, Fithian, the three term incumbent of Indiana's 2nd congressional district, decided to run for Secretary of State of Indiana, but withdrew from the primary to ultimately run for the United States Senate.[2] He challenged fellow Democrat and one term Indiana State Senator Michael Kendall of Jasper, Indiana, who Fithian earlier encouraged to run for the Senate.[3] Kendall, who represented Indiana's 47th Senate district and formed the Notre Dame Students for Robert Kennedy organization during the 1968 presidential election,[4] was seen a young progressive alternative to Fithian, who he called the "ideological twin of Richard Lugar."[5] After the bitterly contested primary, Fithian prevailed over Kendall, winning with 59% of the vote.[6]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Floyd Fithian 262,644 59.51%
Democratic Michael Kendall 178,702 40.49%
Totals 441,346 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Incumbent United States Senator Richard Lugar won the republican nomination in an uncontested primary on May 4, 1982.[7]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Lugar (incumbent) ' 100%
Totals ' %

General election[edit]

In the general election, Lugar faced Fithian and American Party candidate Raymond James.[8]

On November 5, 1982, Lugar defeated Fithian and James in the general election, winning 74 of Indiana's 93 counties.[9]

United States Senate election in Indiana, 1982[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Lugar 978,301 53.83%
Democratic Floyd Fithian 828,400 45.58%
American Raymond James 0.58%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Floyd Fithian, 76; Congressman, Farmer, Purdue Professor". latimes.com. July 4, 2003. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Floyd James Fithian Commander, United States Navy Member of Congress". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (May 5, 1982). "Senate Candidates Chosen in Indiana". Toledo Blade. news.google.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ray E. Boomhower (February 27, 2008). Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary. Indiana University Press. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Senate Candidates Chosen in Indiana". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. May 5, 1982. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "IN US Senate- D Primary". ourcampaigns.com. June 13, 2005. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Monica Davey (April 17, 2012). "Once Every 36 Years, Primary Fight for Indiana Senator". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ Thomas A. Ladd, Benjamin J. Guthrie (May 5, 1983). "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 5, 1982". clerk.house.gov. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "IN US Senate". ourcampaigns.com. June 15, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Thomas A. Ladd, Benjamin J. Guthrie (May 5, 1983). "STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 5, 1982". clerk.house.gov. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 

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