United States Senate election in Alabama, 1986
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50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
|Elections in Alabama|
The 1986 United States Senate election in Alabama took place on November 3, 1986 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 Republican U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton ran for a second term but lost to Democrat Richard Shelby.
Shelby, a moderate-to-conservative Democrat avoided a runoff and won nomination in the Democratic Party primary.
- Jim Allen, Jr., son of former U.S. Senator Jim Allen
- Steve Arnold
- Ted McLaughlin
- Richard Shelby, U.S. Representative since 1979
- Margaret Stewart, writer
|Democratic||Jim Allen, Jr.||284,206||34.72%|
Incumbent Senator Jeremiah Denton, a retired Rear Admiral and decorated Vietnam War veteran who six years earlier became the first Republican elected to the Senate from Alabama since Reconstruction, won the primary with little opposition.
- Jeremiah Denton, incumbent U.S. Senator since 1981
- Richard Vickers
Shelby won a very narrow victory over Denton (less than one percent).
- Shelby - 609,360 (50.28%)
- Denton - 602,537 (49.72%)