United States Senate election in West Virginia, 1982

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United States Senate election in West Virginia, 1982
West Virginia
1976 ←
November 7, 1982 → 1988

  Robert C. Byrd – 1977.jpg Cleve Benedict.png
Nominee Robert Byrd Cleve Benedict
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 387,170 173,910
Percentage 68.5% 30.8%

Senator before election

Robert Byrd

Elected Senator

Robert Byrd

The 1982 United States Senate election in West Virginia took place on November 7, 1982. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Byrd won re-election to a fifth term.





Benedict, a freshman congressman, made great note of Byrd's record of high office in the Ku Klux Klan, his avoidance of service in World War II, and the fact that Byrd, then alone among members of Congress, owned no home in the state he represented. His campaign represented the last serious and well-funded effort to unseat Byrd, spending $1,098,218. Byrd was Minority Leader at the time.


General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert Byrd (inc.) 387,170 68.5%
Republican Cleve Benedict 173,910 30.8%


  1. ^ "WV US Senate Race - Nov 02, 1982". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-09-08.