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1954 United States Senate election in Kentucky

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1954 United States Senate election in Kentucky

← 1952 (special) November 2, 1954 1956 (special) →
Nominee Alben Barkley John Sherman Cooper
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 434,109 362,948
Percentage 54.46% 45.54%

U.S. senator before election

John Sherman Cooper

Elected U.S. Senator

Alben Barkley

The 1954 United States Senate election in Kentucky took place on November 2, 1954. Incumbent Republican Senator John Sherman Cooper, who won a 1952 special election to fill the vacant seat of Virgil Chapman, ran for a full term in office but was defeated by Democratic former Senator and Vice President of the United States Alben Barkley.

General election


1954 U.S. Senate election in Kentucky[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alben Barkley 434,109 54.46%
Republican John Sherman Cooper (incumbent) 362,948 45.54%
Total votes 797,057 100.00%


Following his victory, Barkley served a little over a year before dying of a heart attack on April 30, 1956. Cooper won the November special election to succeed him and returned to the Senate.

See also

1954 United States Senate elections



  1. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1955). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1954" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.
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