United States Senate election in North Dakota, 1956

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United States Senate election in North Dakota, 1956
North Dakota
1948 ←
November 6, 1956 → 1962

  Milton Young.jpg BurdickQN (D-ND).jpg
Nominee Milton R. Young Quentin N. Burdick
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 155,305 87,919
Percentage 63.61% 36.01%

Senator before election

Milton R. Young

Elected Senator

Milton R. Young

The 1956 U.S. Senate election for the state of North Dakota was held November 6, 1956. The incumbent, Republican Senator Milton Young, sought and received re-election to his second term, defeating North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party candidate Quentin N. Burdick, son of North Dakota congressman Usher L. Burdick.[1]

Only Young filed as a Republican, and the endorsed Democrat candidate was Quentin Burdick, the son of well-known politician Usher Burdick, and former candidate for Governor of North Dakota. Young and Burdick won the primary elections for their respective parties.

One independent candidate, Arthur C. Townley, also filed before the deadline. Townley would later seek the state's other senate seat in 1958 (see election), and was known for creating the National Non-Partisan League.

Election results[edit]

1956 United States Senate election, North Dakota
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Milton R. Young 155,305 63.61
Democratic Quentin N. Burdick 87,919 36.01
Independent Arthur C. Townley 937 0.38
Turnout 244,161


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