United States Senate election in Maine, 1994

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United States Senate election in Maine, 1994
1988 ←
November 7, 1994 → 2000

  Olympia Snowe, official photo 2.JPG
Nominee Olympia Snowe Tom Andrews
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 308,244 186,042
Percentage 60.24% 36.36%


County results

U.S. Senator before election

George J. Mitchell

Elected U.S. Senator

Olympia Snowe

The 1994 United States Senate election in Maine was held on November 7, 1994. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell decided to retire, instead of seeking a third term. United States Congressman Tom Andrews won the Democratic primary unopposed, while United States Congresswoman Olympia Snowe won the Republican primary unopposed. In the general election, Snowe defeated Andrews in a rout to win her first of three terms in the United States Senate, a stark contrast to retiring Senator Mitchell's landslide win six years prior.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Andrews 82,339 99.83
Democratic Write-ins 140 0.17
Total votes 82,479 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Olympia Snowe 79,953 99.88
Republican Write-ins 93 0.12
Total votes 80,046 100.00

General election[edit]


Source Date Snowe (R) Andrews (D)
Portland Press Herald Oct. 30, 1994 50% 31%
Portland Press Herald Oct. 31, 1994 53% 29%


United States Senate election in Maine, 1994[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe 308,244 60.24% +41.53%
Democratic Tom Andrews 186,042 36.36% -44.94%
Independent Plato Truman 17,205 3.36%
Write-ins 242 0.05%
Majority 122,202 23.88% -38.70%
Turnout 511,733
Republican gain from Democratic Swing