United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1976
|Elections in Pennsylvania|
The 1976 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator and Minority Leader Hugh Scott decided to retire. Republican John Heinz won the open seat.
In December 1975, U.S. senator Hugh Scott announced that he would not seek re-election in 1976 at the age of 75 after serving in Congress for 33 years. Scott listed personal reasons and several "well-qualified potential candidates" for the seat among the reasons of his decision to retire. Other reasons, including his support for Richard Nixon and accusations that he had illegally obtained contributions from Gulf Oil were alleged to have contributed to the decision.
|Democratic primary results|
|Democratic||William J. Green, III||762,733||68.71|
- John Heinz, United States Representative who had served in the House since 1971
- Arlen Specter, former District Attorney of Philadelphia
- George Packard, former managing editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin
|Republican primary results|
|Republican||H. John Heinz, III||358,715||37.73|
Heinz was the victor in all but nine counties, defeating opponent William Green, who had a 300,000 vote advantage in his native Philadelphia area. Heinz and Green spend $2.5 million and $900,000, respectively, during the ten month campaign. Much of the money Heinz spent on his campaign was his own, leading to accusations from Green that he was "buying the seat". Heinz replied to this by claiming that the spending was necessary to overcome the Democratic voter registration advantage.
|General election results|
|Republican||H. John Heinz III||2,381,891||52.39|
|Democratic||William J. Green, III||2,126,977||46.79|
|Constitution||Andrew J. Watson||26,028||0.57|
|Socialist Workers||Frederick W. Stanton||5,484||0.12|
|Labor Party||Bernard Salera||3,637||0.08|
|Communist Party||Frank Kinces||2,097||0.05|
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