United States Senate election in Iowa, 1996

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

  Tom Harkin official portrait.jpg Jimrlightfoot.jpg
Nominee Tom Harkin Jim Ross Lightfoot
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 634,166 571,807
Percentage 51.81% 46.71%

Senator before election

Tom Harkin
Democratic

Elected Senator

Tom Harkin
Democratic

The 1996 United States Senate election in Iowa was held on November 5, 1996. Incumbent Democratic United States Senator Tom Harkin sought re-election to a third term in the United States Senate, and he was challenged by United States Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot from Iowa's 3rd congressional district. Lightfoot had won the Republican primary against two opponents, while Harkin had won his primary uncontested, so both moved onto the general election, where they engaged in a toughly-fought campaign. Ultimately, Harkin was successful in his bid, and defeated Lightfoot, albeit by the thinnest margin of his career.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Harkin (inc.) 98,737 99.19%
Democratic Write-ins 810 0.81%
Totals 99,547 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ross Lightfoot 101,608 61.48%
Republican Maggie Tinsman 40,955 24.78%
Republican Steve Grubbs 22,554 13.65%
Republican Write-ins 153 0.09%
Totals 165,270 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Iowa, 1996[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Harkin (inc.) 634,166 51.81% -2.66%
Republican James Ross Lightfoot 571,807 46.71% +1.30%
Independent Sue Atkinson 9,768 0.80%
Natural Law Fred Gratzon 4,248 0.35%
Independent Joe Sulentic 1,941 0.16%
Socialist Workers Shirley E. Pena 1,844 0.15%
Write-ins 280 0.02%
Majority 62,359 5.09% -3.96%
Turnout 1,224,054
Democratic hold Swing

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