1980 United States Senate election in Idaho

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United States Senate election in Idaho, 1980

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  Stevesymms.jpg FrankChurch.jpg
Nominee Steve Symms Frank Church
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 218,701 214,439
Percentage 49.7% 48.8%

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County Results
Symms:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Church:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Frank Church

Elected U.S. Senator

Steve Symms

The 1980 United States Senate election in Idaho took place on November 4, 1980 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Frank Church ran for re-election to a fifth term, but was defeated by Republican Steve Symms.

Major candidates[edit]




General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Steve Symms 218,701 49.74% +7.61%
Democratic Frank Church (incumbent) 214,439 48.78% -7.30%
Libertarian Larry Fullmer 6,507 1.48%
Majority 4,262 0.97% -12.96%
Turnout 439,647
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

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