United States Senate election in Montana, 1960
|Elections in Montana|
The 1960 United States Senate election in Montana took place on November 8, 1960. Incumbent United States Senator James E. Murray, who was first elected to the Senate in a special election in 1934 and was re-elected in 1936, 1942, and 1948, and 1954, declined to seek re-election, creating an open seat. United States Congressman Lee Metcalf won out in a crowded Democratic primary and faced off against former United States Congressman Orvin B. Fjare, who won in a similarly-crowded Republican primary. Following a close general election, Metcalf narrowly defeated Fjare to win his first term in the Senate.
- Lee Metcalf, United States Congressman from Montana's 1st congressional district
- John W. Bonner, former Governor of Montana
- LeRoy H. Anderson, United States Congressman from Montana's 2nd congressional district
- John W. Mahan, former National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
|Democratic||John W. Bonner||33,246||25.78%|
|Democratic||LeRoy H. Anderson||26,152||20.28%|
|Democratic||John W. Mahan||24,208||18.77%|
- Orvin B. Fjare, former United States Congressman from Montana's 2nd congressional district
- Sumner Gerard, State Representative
- Wayne Montgomery, rancher
- James H. Morrow
- Fred J. Martin
- L. A. Wilson
|Republican||Orvin B. Fjare||25,899||38.71%|
|Republican||James H. Morrow||5,261||7.86%|
|Republican||Fred J. Martin||2,804||4.19%|
|Republican||L. A. Wilson||1,482||2.22%|
|Republican||Orvin B. Fjare||136,281||49.27%||-0.35%|
- "Report of the Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election Held in the State of Montana, June 7, 1960". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
- "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1960" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved July 2, 2014.