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1954 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1954

← 1948 November 2, 1954 1960 →
Foster Furcolo, 60th Governor of Massachusetts.jpg
Nominee Leverett Saltonstall Foster Furcolo
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 956,605 927,899
Percentage 50.54% 49.03%

1954 US Senate election in Massachusetts results by municipality.svg
Municipal results

Senator before election

Leverett Saltonstall

Elected Senator

Leverett Saltonstall

The United States Senate election of 1954 in Massachusetts was held on November 2, 1954, with Republican Incumbent Leverett Saltonstall defeating his challengers.

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Republican primary




Senator Saltonstall was unopposed for re-nomination.

Democratic primary




Democratic primary [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Foster Furcolo 207,232 59.13%
Democratic Joseph L. Murphy 79,463 22.68%
Democratic John I. Fitzgerald 63,752 18.19%

Independents and third parties

Socialist Workers

  • Thelma Ingersoll, candidate for Senate in 1952[2]


  • Harold J. Ireland, candidate for Treasurer and Receiver-General in 1948 and 1952

General election


Results by county
Results by county
General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leverett Saltonstall 956,605 50.54% -2.41%
Democratic Foster Furcolo 927,899 49.03% +2.60%
Socialist Labor Thelma Ingersoll 5,353 0.28% -0.17%
Prohibition Harold J. Ireland 2,832 0.15% -0.03%


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