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1960 United States Senate special election in North Dakota

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United States Senate special election in North Dakota, 1960

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Nominee Quentin Burdick John E. Davis
Party Democratic-NPL Republican
Popular vote 104,593 103,475
Percentage 49.72% 49.19%

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U.S. Senate election results map.
Blue denotes counties won by Burdick.
Red denotes those won by Davis.

U.S. Senator before election

Norman Brunsdale

Elected U.S. Senator

Quentin Burdick

The 1960 Special U.S. Senate election in North Dakota was held June 28, 1960, to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by the late William Langer. Langer died in office on November 8, 1959, and Clarence Norman Brunsdale, a former Governor of North Dakota, was temporarily appointed to the seat on November 19 of that year until the special election was held. North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party candidate Quentin N. Burdick faced Republican John E. Davis for election to the seat. Davis had been serving as Governor of the state since 1957.[1]

Davis had been very popular during his tenure as Governor of the state, and Burdick had been serving in North Dakota's At-large congressional district for the past two years. His father, Usher L. Burdick, who represented North Dakota for twenty years in the United States House of Representatives, died during the campaign. This race between two popular candidates made for the second-closest race in the history of North Dakota's U.S. Senate elections, with Burdick being determined the winner by just over 1,100 votes.

Two independent candidates, Eugene Van Der Hoeven and Clarence Haggard, also filed before the deadline and could have played a factor in determining the outcome since their total votes were more than double that of the 1,100 votes that made Burdick the winner. Haggard would later try again for one of the state's senate seats in 1976 (see election).

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Election results

1960 United States Senate special election, North Dakota
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Quentin N. Burdick 104,593 49.72
Republican John E. Davis 103,475 49.19
Independent Eugene Van Der Hoeven 1,337 0.64
Independent Clarence Haggard 934 0.45
Turnout 163,311

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