United States Senate election in Nevada, 1974

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United States Senate election in Nevada, 1974
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  PaulLaxalt.JPG Harry Reid official portrait.jpg
Nominee Paul Laxalt Harry Reid Jack C. Doyle
Party Republican Democratic Independent American
Popular vote 79,605 78,981 10,887
Percentage 47.0% 46.6% 6.42%

U.S. Senator before election

Alan Bible

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Laxalt

The 1974 United States Senate election in Nevada was held on November 4, 1974. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Alan Bible decided to retire instead of seeking a fourth full term. Republican nominee Paul Laxalt won the open seat.


Laxalt won by less than 700 votes, becoming one of the few bright spots in a bad year for Republicans. Bible resigned three weeks early (on December 17, 1974) and on one day later Nevada Democratic Governor Mike O'Callaghan appointed Laxalt to finish out that term. When Laxalt retired in 1986, Harry Reid won the seat that he lost in this election.

Major candidates[edit]




General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Paul Laxalt 79,605 46.97% +1.73%
Democratic Harry Reid 78,981 46.60% -8.16%
Independent American Jack C. Doyle 10,887 6.42%
Majority 624 0.37% -9.15%
Turnout 169,473
Republican gain from Democratic