United States Senate election in Missouri, 1976

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United States Senate election in Missouri, 1976
1970 ←
November 2, 1976 → 1982

  JohnDanforth.jpg Warren Hearnes 1969.jpg
Nominee John Danforth Warren E. Hearnes
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,090,067 813,571
Percentage 56.9% 42.5%

U.S. Senator before election

Stuart Symington

Elected U.S. Senator

John Danforth

The 1976 United States Senate election in Missouri took place on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Stuart Symington decided to retire, instead of seeking a fifth term. Republican John Danforth won the open seat, defeating Democrat Warren Hearnes. (Jerry Litton had won the Democratic nomination earlier, but was killed in a plane crash, and Hearnes was chosen by the party committee.)

Major candidates[edit]




General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Danforth 1,090,067 56.94%
Democratic Warren E. Hearnes 813,571 42.50%
Independent Lawrence "Red" Petty 10,822 0.57%
Majority 276,496 14.44%
Turnout 1,914,460
Republican gain from Democratic Swing