1986 United States Senate election in California

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United States Senate regular election in California, 1986

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  AlanCranston.jpg Rep. Ed Zschau.jpg
Nominee Alan Cranston Ed Zschau
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 3,646,672 3,541,804
Percentage 49.3% 47.9%

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County Results

U.S. Senator before election

Alan Cranston

Elected U.S. Senator

Alan Cranston

The 1986 United States Senate election in California took place on November 4, 1986. Incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Alan Cranston narrowly won re-election to a fourth term.

Major candidates[edit]




1986 United States Senate election, California[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alan Cranston (Incumbent) 3,646,672 49.3%
Republican Ed Zschau 3,541,804 47.9%
American Independent Edward B Vallen 109,916 1.5%
Libertarian Breck McKinley 66,261 0.9%
Peace and Freedom Paul Kangas 33,869 0.5%
Democratic hold

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