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1956 United States Senate election in New York

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1956 United States Senate election in New York
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Nominee Jacob Javits Robert F. Wagner Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Alliance Liberal
Popular vote 3,723,933 3,265,159
Percentage 53.27% 46.71%

U.S. senator before election

Herbert H. Lehman

Elected U.S. Senator

Jacob Javits

The United States Senate election of 1956 in New York was held on November 6, 1956. New York State Attorney General Jacob K. Javits defeated Mayor of New York City Robert F. Wagner, Jr. to succeed Herbert H. Lehman.


The Republican state convention met on September 10 at Albany, New York, and nominated New York State Attorney General Jacob K. Javits.[1]

The Democratic state convention met on September 10 at Albany, New York, and nominated Mayor of New York City Robert F. Wagner, Jr., for the U.S. Senate.[2]

The Liberal Party endorsed the Democratic nominee, Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr., for the U.S. Senate.[3]

On October 1, a movement was launched to vote for General of the Army Douglas MacArthur as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate.[4] On October 2, MacArthur disavowed the campaign, and stated that he was not a candidate.[5]


Javits won the election.

1956 United States Senate election in New York[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jacob K. Javits 3,723,933 53.28%
Democratic Robert F. Wagner, Jr. 2,964,511 42.42%
Liberal Robert F. Wagner, Jr. 300,648 4.30%
Total Robert F. Wagner, Jr. 3,265,159 46.72%



  1. ^ G.O.P. UNANIMOUS; ...JAVITS IS NAMED FOR SENATE RACE in NYT on September 11, 1956 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Wagner's Address Accepting Democratic Senatorial Nomination in NYT on September 11, 1956 (subscription required)
  3. ^ STEVENSON PUTS RACIAL 'CLIMATE' UP TO PRESIDENT; ...Wins Liberal Nomination, With Mayor Wagner Party Nominates Slate in NYT on September 12, 1956 (subscription required)
  4. ^ WRITE-IN STATE VOTE FOR M'ARTHUR URGED in NYT on October 2, 1956 (subscription required)
  5. ^ M'ARTHUR DISAVOWS BID; General Repeats He Is Not Candidate for Senate in NYT on October 3, 1956 (subscription required)
  6. ^ "NY US Senate". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 11 March 2020.

See also

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