United States Senate election in Nevada, 1974

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United States Senate election in Nevada, 1974
Nevada
1968 ←
November 4, 1974
→ 1980

  Paul Laxalt (colorized).jpg Harry Reid official portrait 2009 crop.jpg
Nominee Paul Laxalt Harry Reid
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 79,605 78,981
Percentage 47.0% 46.6%

U.S. Senator before election

Alan Bible
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Laxalt
Republican

The 1980 United States Senate election in Nevada was held on November 4, 1980. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Alan Bible decided to retire instead of seeking a fourth full term. Republican nominee Paul Laxalt won the open seat.

Background[edit]

Laxalt won by less than 700 votes, becoming one of the few bright spots in a bad year for Republicans. Bible resigned three weeks early (on December 17, 1974) and on one day later Nevada Democratic Governor Mike O'Callaghan appointed Laxalt to finish out that term. When Laxalt retired in 1986, Harry Reid won the seat that he lost in this election.

Major candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Paul Laxalt 79,605 46.97% +1.73%
Democratic Harry Reid 78,981 46.60% -8.16%
Independent American Jack C. Doyle 10,887 6.42%
Majority 624 0.37% -9.15%
Turnout 169,473
Republican gain from Democratic

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