1984 United States Senate election in Kentucky

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1984 United States Senate election in Kentucky

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Nominee Mitch McConnell Walter Huddleston
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 644,990 639,721
Percentage 49.9% 49.5%

Kentucky Senate Election Results by County, 1984.svg
Country results
McConnell:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Huddleston:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. senator before election

Walter Huddleston

Elected U.S. Senator

Mitch McConnell

The 1984 United States Senate election in Kentucky was held on November 5, 1984. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Walter Huddleston ran for reelection to a third term, but was defeated by Republican Mitch McConnell by less than 0.5%. In spite of President Ronald Reagan's landslide reelection victory, this was the only Senate seat gained by Republicans in 1984.

Democratic primary[edit]



Huddleston was unopposed in the Democratic Party's primary. Governor John Y. Brown Jr. filed to run in March 1984, but withdrew for health reasons a few weeks later.

Republican primary[edit]



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mitch McConnell 39,465 79.22%
Republican C. Roger Harker 3,798 7.62%
Republican Tommy Klein 3,352 6.73%
Republican Thurman Jerome Hamlin 3,202 6.43%
Total votes 49,817 100.00%

General election[edit]



General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mitch McConnell 644,990 49.90% +13.03%
Democratic Walter Huddleston (incumbent) 639,721 49.50% -11.48%
Socialist Workers Dave Welters 7,696 0.60% +0.60%
Total votes 1,292,407 100.00% N/A
Republican gain from Democratic

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kentucky State Board of Elections Welcome to the State Board of Elections". Elect.ky.gov. Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1985). "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 6, 1984" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.