Electoral history of Arlen Specter

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Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania

Electoral history of Arlen Specter, former United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1981–2011), Chairman of the Senate Committees on Intelligence (1995–1997), Veterans' Affairs (1997–2001, 2001 and 2003–2005) and Judiciary (2005–2007), as well as a candidate for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.

Originally a Democrat, Specter switched to the Republican Party in 1965 and to the Democrats again in 2009.

1960s[edit]

Philadelphia district attorney election, 1965:[1]

  • Jim Crumlish (D) (inc.) – 289,522 (46.90%)
  • Arlen Specter (R) – 327,787 (53.10%)

Philadelphia mayoral election, 1967:[2]

Philadelphia district attorney election, 1969:[3]

  • David Berger (D) – 244,544 (40.96%)
  • Arlen Specter (R) (inc.) – 346,294 (58.00%)
  • Richard Ash (Consumer) – 6,189 (1.04%)

1970s[edit]

Philadelphia district attorney election, 1973:[4]

  • Emmett Fitzpatrick (D) – 231,505 (53.48%)
  • Arlen Specter (R) (inc.) – 201,342 (46.52%)

Republican primary for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, 1976:[5]

Republican primary for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1978:[6]

1980s[edit]

Republican primary for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, 1980:[7]

United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1980:[8]

Republican primary for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, 1986:[9]

United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1986:[10]

  • Arlen Specter (R) (inc.) – 1,906,537 (56.44%)
  • Bob Edgar (D) – 1,448,219 (42.87%)
  • Lance Haver (Consumer) – 23,470 (0.70%)

1990s[edit]

Republican primary for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, 1992:[11]

United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1992:[12]

  • Arlen Specter (R) (inc.) – 2,358,125 (48.90%)
  • Lynn Yeakel (D) – 2,244,966 (46.55%)
  • John F. Perry (LBT) – 219,319 (4.55%)

Iowa Republican straw poll, 1995:[13]

1996 Republican presidential primaries:[14]

(* – write-in)

Specter withdrew from the race before first primaries and endorsed Dole.

Republican primary for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, 1998:[15]

United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1998:[16]

2000s[edit]

Republican primary for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, 2004:[17]

  • Arlen Specter (inc.) – 530,839 (50.82%)
  • Pat Toomey – 513,693 (49.18%)
Results of 2004 election by counties

United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 2004:[18]

  • Arlen Specter (R) (inc.) – 2,925,080 (52.62%)
  • Joe Hoeffel (D) – 2,334,126 (41.99%)
  • James N. Clymer (Constitution) – 220,056 (3.96%)
  • Elizabeth Summers (Libertarian) – 79,263 (1.43%)
  • Scattering – 580 (0.01%)

2010s[edit]

Democratic primary for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, 2010[19]

  • Joe Sestak – 565,342 (53.9%)
  • Arlen Specter (inc.) – 482,980 (46.1%)

References[edit]