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1958 United States Senate election in Michigan

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1958 United States Senate election in Michigan

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Charles Edward Potter.jpg
Nominee Philip Hart Charles E. Potter
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,216,966 1,046,963
Percentage 53.57% 46.09%

Michigan Senate Election Results by County, 1958.svg
County results
Hart:      50–60%      60–70%
Potter:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Charles E. Potter

Elected U.S. Senator

Philip Hart

The 1958 United States Senate election in Michigan was held on November 4, 1958.

Incumbent Senator Charles E. Potter was defeated in his bid for re-election to a second term by Lieutenant Governor Philip A. Hart. This was one of a record twelve seats Democrats gained from the Republican Party.

Republican primary



Senator Potter was unopposed for re-nomination by the Republican Party.

Democratic primary



1958 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Philip Hart 297,767 80.24%
Democratic Homer Martin 73,334 19.76%
Write-in All others 18 0.00%
Total votes 371,114 100.00%

Independents and third parties


  • Elmer H. Ormiston

Socialist Labor

  • James Sim, perennial candidate

Socialist Workers

  • Evelyn Sell

General election


General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Philip Hart 1,216,966 53.57% Increase4.53
Republican Charles E. Potter (incumbent) 1,046,963 46.09% Decrease4.54
Prohibition Elmert H. Ormiston 3,518 0.16% Decrease0.10
Socialist Labor James Sim 3,128 0.14% Increase0.10
Socialist Workers Evelyn Sell 1,068 0.05% Increase0.02
Total votes 2,271,643 100.00% N/A
Democratic gain from Republican

See also


  1. ^ "MI US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - MI US Senate Race - Nov 04, 1958". OurCampaigns. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
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