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1954 United States Senate election in Michigan

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1954 United States Senate election in Michigan

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Patrick Vincent McNamara.jpg
Nominee Patrick V. McNamara Homer S. Ferguson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,088,550 1,049,420
Percentage 50.75% 48.93%

U.S. senator before election

Homer S. Ferguson

Elected U.S. Senator

Patrick V. McNamara

The 1954 United States Senate election in Michigan was held on November 2, 1954. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Homer S. Ferguson ran for re-election to a third term, but was defeated by the Democratic Detroit Board of Education member Patrick V. McNamara.

Democratic primary



The campaign was cut short abruptly when Blair Moody died of a heart attack fourteen days before the August 3 primary.[1]


1954 Democratic Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patrick V. McNamara 226,686 64.21%
Democratic Blair Moody (deceased) 126,335 35.78%
Total votes 353,046 100.00%

General election


1954 U.S. Senate election in Michigan[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Patrick V. McNamara 1,088,550 50.75% Increase2.24
Republican Homer S. Ferguson (incumbent) 1,049,420 48.93% Decrease1.75
Prohibition Leroy M. Lowell 4,841 0.23% Decrease0.36
Socialist Labor James Sim 1,126 0.05% Decrease0.02
Socialist Workers Rita Shaw 902 0.04% Decrease0.03
Write-in 1 0.00% Steady
Total votes 2,144,840 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

See also


  1. ^ United States Congress. "1954 United States Senate election in Michigan (id: M000878)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns: MI U.S. Senate - D Primary". Our Campaigns.
  3. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1954). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1954" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns: MI U.S. Senate". Our Campaigns.
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