United States Senate election in Connecticut, 1980

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United States Senate election in Connecticut, 1980
1974 ←
November 4, 1980 → 1986

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Nominee Christopher Dodd James Buckley
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 763,969 581,884
Percentage 56.3% 42.9%

U.S. Senator before election

Abraham Ribicoff

Elected U.S. Senator

Chris Dodd

The 1980 United States Senate election in Connecticut took place on November 3, 1980, alongside other elections to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff decided to retire. Democrat Chris Dodd won the open seat.

Major candidates[edit]




Connecticut United States Senate election, 1986[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Christopher Dodd 763,969 56.3
Republican James Buckley 581,884 42.9
Libertarian Jerry Brennan 5,336 0.4
Concerned Citizens Andrew J. Zemel 4,772 0.4