United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 2000

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United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 2000
Pennsylvania
1994 ←
November 7, 2000
→ 2006

  Rick Santorum official photo.jpg Ron Klink.jpg
Nominee Rick Santorum Ron Klink
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,481,962 2,154,908
Percentage 52.4% 45.5%

Pennsylvania Senatorial Election Results by County, 2000.svg

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Rick Santorum
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Rick Santorum
Republican

The 2000 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania was held on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum won re-election to a second term.[1]

Major candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Santorum had gained a reputation as a polarizing figure during his first term in the Senate, but he entered the race with a large fundraising advantage and high levels of support from the political right. The contest began for Democrats with a brutal primary challenge; U.S. Congressman Klink narrowly bested State Senator Allyson Schwartz and former Lieutenant Governor nominee Tom Foley by running on the message that he was the only candidate capable to defeating the Republican. Klink was viewed as a viable choice because he was a traditional Democrat on most issues and had strong union ties but also was pro-life, which Democrats hoped would return votes to their party in the heavily Catholic but economically liberal coal regions of the state. However, enthusiasm around Klink's campaign quickly waned, as he was unable to appeal to either liberal or moderate Democrats. Santorum, in contrast, successfully balanced his national recognition on social issues with local concerns in route to a surprisingly large victory.[1]

Results[edit]

Pennsylvania United States Senate Election, 2000[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Rick Santorum (Incumbent) 2,481,962 52.4
Democratic Ron Klink 2,154,908 45.5
Libertarian John Featherman 45,775 1.0
Constitution Lester Searer 28,382 0.6
Reform Robert Domske 24,089 0.5
Majority 4,735,116 6.9
Turnout 3,382,746
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information
  2. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2000/2000Stat.htm