United States Senate election in Nevada, 1976

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

  Howard Cannon.jpg David Towell.jpg
Nominee Howard Cannon David Towell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 127,214 63,471
Percentage 63.0% 31.4%

U.S. Senator before election

Howard Cannon

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Cannon

The 1976 United States Senate election in Nevada was held on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Howard Cannon won re-election to a fourth term.

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In the Senate, Cannon was known as a moderate in the Democratic Party. He served as chairman of several committees, including the rules committee and the inaugural arrangements committee. Cannon was nearly defeated for re-election in 1964 by Republican Lieutenant Governor Paul Laxalt in one of the closest election in history. However, he became more popular over the next few years and won re-election in 1970 with nearly 58% of the vote. In 1976, he faced U.S. Representative David Towell, who served just one term in the U.S. House of Representatives before running for the U.S. Senate. Cannon won re-election with 63% of the vote, one of his best election performances of his career. He won every county in the state, except for Eureka County, which Towell won with just 51% of the vote.


General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Howard Cannon (inc.) 127,214 63.01% +5.36%
Republican David Towell 63,471 31.44% -9.73%
None of These Candidates 5,288 2.62%
Independent American Byron D. Young 3,619 1.79%
Libertarian Dan Becan 2,307 1.14%
Majority 63,743 31.57% +15.09%
Turnout 201,899
Democratic hold Swing