1972 United States Senate election in Maine

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United States Senate election in Maine, 1972

← 1966 November 7, 1972 1978 →
  William Dodd Hathaway.jpg MargaretChaseSmith.jpg
Nominee William Hathaway Margaret Chase Smith
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 224,270 197,040
Percentage 53.2% 46.8%

Maine Senator Election Results by County, 1972.svg
County Results
Hathaway:      50–60%      60–70%
Smith:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Margaret Chase Smith

Elected U.S. Senator

William Hathaway

The 1972 United States Senate election in Maine was held on November 7, 1972. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith ran for re-election to a fifth term, but was defeated by Democrat William Hathaway. As of 2019, this is the last time the Democrats have won the Class 2 Senate Seat from Maine.

Republican primary[edit]



1972 Maine Republican US Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Margaret Chase Smith (incumbent) 76,964 66.75%
Republican Robert A. G. Monks 38,345 33.25%

Democratic primary[edit]



General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Hathaway 61,921 90.82%
Democratic Jack L. Smith 6,263 9.19%

General election[edit]


General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Hathaway 224,270 53.23%
Republican Margaret Chase Smith (incumbent) 197,040 46.77%

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