1968 United States Senate election in Arizona

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United States Senate election in Arizona, 1968

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Nominee Barry Goldwater Roy Elson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 274,607 205,338
Percentage 57.2% 42.8%

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U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes counties won by Goldwater.
Blue denotes those won by Elson.

U.S. Senator before election

Carl Hayden

Elected U.S. Senator

Barry Goldwater

The 1968 United States Senate election in Arizona took place on November 5, 1968. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Carl Hayden did not run for reelection to an eighth term, with his longtime staff member Roy Elson running as the Democratic Party nominee to replace him. Elson was defeated by a wide margin, however, by former U.S. Senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Prior to Goldwater's election, the seat had been held for decades by the Democratic Party under Carl Hayden, and has thus far remained in Republican Party control since.

Elson had previously challenged U.S. Senator Paul Fannin in 1964, when Goldwater vacated his seat in order to run for President against Lyndon B. Johnson.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Elson 95,231 62.78%
Democratic Bob Kennedy 41,397 27.29%
Total votes 136,628 100.00

Republican primary[edit]


  • Barry Goldwater, former U.S. Senator, 1964 Republican Party nominee for President of the United States

General election[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1968[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Barry Goldwater 274,607 57.22%
Democratic Roy Elson 205,338 42.78%
Majority 69,269 14.44%
Turnout 479,945
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

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