United States Senate election in Illinois, 1972

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United States Senate election in Illinois, 1972
← 1966 November 6, 1972 1978 →
  Charles Percy.jpg RomanPucinski.jpg
Candidate Charles Percy Roman Pucinski
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 2,867,078 1,721,031
Percentage 62.21% 37.35%

Senator before election

Charles H. Percy

Elected Senator

Charles H. Percy

The 1972 United States Senate election in Illinois took place on November 6, 1972. Incumbent Republican United States Senator Charles H. Percy sought re-election to the United States Senate. Percy was opposed by Democratic nominee Roman Pucinski, a United States Congressman from Illinois's 11th congressional district, whom he was able to defeat handily to win a second term.

General election[edit]



United States Senate election in Illinois, 1972[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Charles H. Percy (inc.) 2,867,078 61.21% +7.27%
Democratic Roman Pucinski 1,721,031 37.35% -6.55%
Socialist Labor Edward C. Gross 13,384 0.29%
Communist Arnold Becchetti 6,103 0.13%
Write-ins 784 0.02%
Majority 1,146,047 24.87% +13.82%
Turnout 3,822,724
Republican hold Swing