United States Senate elections, 1898

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United States Senate elections, 1898
United States
1896 ←
1898
→ 1900

30 of the 90 seats in the United States Senate
45 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 42 seats 33 seats
Seats before 43 34
Seats won 51 24
Seat change Increase 8 Decrease 10

  Third party Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Populist Silver Republican Silver
Last election 5 seats 5 seats 2 seats
Seats before 5 5 2
Seats won 6 2 2
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 3 Steady

Majority Party before election

Republican Party (United States)

Elected Majority Party

Republican Party (United States)

The United States Senate election of 1898 was a landslide election which had the Republican Party gain nine seats in the United States Senate.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen by State legislatures.

Results[edit]

56th Congress, 1899-1901

  • Majority Party: Republican (52)
  • Minority Party: Democratic (24)
  • Other Parties: Populist (5); Silver Republican (2); Silver (2)
  • Vacant: 4 (all later filled by Republicans)
  • Total Seats: 90

Change in Senate composition[edit]

Before the elections
D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D P
r r r r S S P P P P
r No majority
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R
 
In the next Congress
D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
P D D D D D D D D D
P P P P P S S r r V
R R R R R R R V V V
R ←Majority
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R
Key:
D = Democratic
P = Populist
R = Republican
r = Silver Republican
S = Silver
V = Vacant

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