United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1978
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|Elections in Massachusetts|
The United States Senate election of 1978 in Massachusetts was held on November 7, 1978 with the incumbent Republican Senator Edward Brooke being defeated by then Democratic Congressman Paul E. Tsongas.
- Edward Brooke, incumbent Senator, former Massachusetts Attorney General.
- Avi Nelson, radio-television host.
- Paul Tsongas, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district since 1975.
- Kathleen Sullivan Alioto, member of the Boston School Committee. Wife of former Mayor of San Francisco Joseph Alioto and daughter of New England Patriots owner Billy Sullivan.
- Paul Guzzi, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth since 1975, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1971-1975.
- Elaine Noble, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1975. Noble was the first openly gay or lesbian candidate elected to a state legislature.
- Howard Phillips, Former Nixon Administration official. Served as the acting Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1973.
|Republican primary |
|Democratic primary |
|Democratic||Kathleen Sullivan Alioto||161,036||19.28|
 General election
|Democratic||Paul E. Tsongas||1,093,283||55.06|
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