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1956 United States Senate election in Indiana

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1956 United States Senate election in Indiana

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Claude R. Wickard, 12th Secretary of Agriculture, September 1940 - June 1945. - Flickr - USDAgov.jpg
Nominee Homer Capehart Claude Wickard
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,084,262 871,781
Percentage 55.21% 44.39%

U.S. senator before election

Homer Capehart

Elected U.S. Senator

Homer Capehart

The 1956 United States Senate election in Indiana took place on November 6, 1956. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Homer Capehart was re-elected to a third term in office, defeating former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard.

General election


  • Homer Capehart, incumbent Senator since 1945 (Republican)
  • Gordon A. Long (Socialist Labor)
  • Carl W. Thompson (Prohibition)
  • Claude Wickard, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1940–45) (Democratic)


1956 United States Senate election in Indiana[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Homer Capehart (incumbent) 1,084,262 55.21% Increase2.40
Democratic Claude R. Wickard 871,781 44.39% Decrease1.96
Prohibition Carl W. Thompson 6,685 0.34% Decrease0.50
Socialist Labor Gordon A. Long 1,258 0.06% N/A
Total votes 1,963,986 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

See also


  1. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1956" (PDF). Retrieved 12 Nov 2020.
  2. ^
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