United States Senate election in Iowa, 1984

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United States Senate election in Iowa, 1984
Iowa
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November 5, 1984
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  Tom Harkin official portrait.jpg Roger Jepsen.JPG
Nominee Tom Harkin Roger Jepsen
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 716,883 564,381
Percentage 55.46% 43.66%

Senator before election

Roger Jepsen
Republican

Elected Senator

Tom Harkin
Democratic

The 1984 United States Senate election in Iowa was held on November 5, 1984. Incumbent Republican United States Senator Roger Jepsen ran for re-election to a second term in the United States Senate. Jepsen was opposed by United States Congressman Tom Harkin, from Iowa's 5th congressional district, who won the Democratic primary uncontested. The general election was full of mudslinging and personal attacks, including the embellishment by both candidates of their military records; Harkin attacked Jepsen for failing to keep his promise to not sell AWACS aircraft to Saudi Arabia.[1] Ultimately, Harkin was able to defeat Jepsen by a surprisingly wide margin, to win the first of many terms in the Senate.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Harkin 106,005 99.93%
Democratic Write-ins 70 0.07%
Totals 106,075 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Jepsen (inc.) 113,996 99.87%
Republican Write-ins 147 0.13%
Totals 114,143 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Iowa, 1984[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Harkin 716,883 55.46% +7.54%
Republican Roger Jepsen (inc.) 564,381 43.66% -7.47%
Independent Garry De Young 11,014 0.85%
Write-ins 422 0.03%
Majority 152,502 11.80% +8.58%
Turnout 1,292,700
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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