United States Senate election in Minnesota, 1982

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United States Senate election in Minnesota, 1982
1978 ←
November 5, 1982 → 1988

  DavidDurenberger.jpg Mark Dayton official photo.jpg
Nominee David Durenberger Mark Dayton
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 949,207 840,401
Percentage 52.6% 46.6%

U.S. Senator before election

David Durenberger

Elected U.S. Senator

David Durenberger

The 1982 United States Senate election in Minnesota was held on November 5, 1982. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator David Durenberger won re-election to his first full term.[1]

Dayton campaigning with former VP Walter Mondale.

Democratic primary[edit]



General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Dayton 359,014 69.06
Democratic Eugene McCarthy 125,229 24.09
Democratic Charles E. Pearson 19,855 3.82
Democratic William A. Branstner 15,754 3.03

Republican primary[edit]


General election[edit]


Dayton, 35, self-financed his campaign. Married to a Rockefeller and heir to a department store, his net worth was an estimated $30 million. Durenberger, who was appointed to the seat in 1978 and won the special election that same year, was largely unknown. He was considered a moderate, but supported Reagan's tax cuts. Dayton ran against Reaganomics. He has also campaigned against tax breaks for the wealthy and even promised "to close tax loopholes for the rich and the corporations—and if you think that includes the Daytons, you're right."[2] By the end of September, the senate election already became the most expensive election of all-time, with over $8 million being spent. Dayton spent over $5 million,[3] while Durenberger spent over $2 million.[4]


General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David Durenberger 949,207 52.60
Democratic Mark Dayton 840,401 46.57
Socialist Workers Bill Onasch 5,897 0.33
Libertarian Frederick Hewitt 5,870 0.33
New Union Party Jeffrey M. Miller 3,300 0.18
Majority 108,806 6.03
Turnout 1.804,675