1958 United States Senate election in California

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United States Senate election in California, 1958

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  Clair Engle.jpg GoodwinKnight.jpg
Nominee Clair Engle Goodwin Knight
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,927,693 2,204,337
Percentage 57.01% 42.93%

U.S. Senator before election

William F. Knowland
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Clair Engle
Democratic

The 1958 United States Senate election in California was held on November 4, 1958.

Incumbent Senator William F. Knowland opted not to run for re-election, choosing instead to run for election as Governor. Incumbent Governor Goodwin Knight exchanged places with Knowland and lost to U.S. Representative Clair Engle in the midst of a national landslide for the Democratic Party. This was one of a record twelve seats Democrats gained from the Republican Party.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

1958 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Goodwin Knight 790,939 49.15%
Republican George Christopher 558,245 34.69%
Democratic Clair Engle (cross-filing) 173,845 10.80%
Republican Alexander D. Williamson 53,273 3.31%
Republican William Jolley 32,921 2.05%
Total votes 1,609,223 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clair Engle 1,558,622 70.85%
Republican Goodwin Knight (cross-filing) 385,170 17.51%
Republican George Christopher (cross-filing) 221,783 10.08%
Democratic Fritjof Thygeson 34,316 1.56%
Total votes 2,199,891 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Clair Engle 2,927,693 57.01% Increase57.01
Republican Goodwin Knight 2,204,337 42.93% Decrease44.86
Write-in Jesse M. Ritchie 892 0.02% N/A
Write-in Ray B. Pollard 281 0.01% N/A
Write-in All others 2,018 0.04% N/A
Total votes 5,135,221 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CA US Senate - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. ^ "CA US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. ^ OurCampaigns <ID> https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=<ID>. Retrieved 12 August 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)