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1964 United States Senate election in California

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1964 United States Senate election in California

← 1958 November 3, 1964 1970 →
Nominee George Murphy Pierre Salinger
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 3,628,552 3,411,915
Percentage 51.54% 48.46%

1964 US Senate Election in California by county.svg
County Results

Murphy:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Salinger:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Pierre Salinger

Elected U.S. Senator

George Murphy

The 1964 United States Senate election in California was held on November 3, 1964.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Clair Engle was suffering from an advanced brain tumor and ended his campaign for re-election in April. He died in office in July. Pierre Salinger, Press Secretary to Lyndon Johnson and the winner of the Democratic primary, was appointed in his place.

Salinger lost re-election to a full term to Republican George Murphy, a retired Hollywood star. This was the only Senate seat Republicans gained in 1964.

Democratic primary


Declined to run

  • Stanley Mosk, California Attorney General (appointed to California Supreme Court)



A major point of contention during the primary and general elections was Salinger's eligibility to run. He was working at the White House and officially a resident of Virginia, meaning he could not vote for himself.


1964 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pierre Salinger 1,177,517 44.26%
Democratic Alan Cranston 1,037,748 39.01%
Democratic George H. McLain 180,405 6.78%
Democratic Clair Engle (inc.) (withdrawn) 119,967 4.51%
Democratic Lynn W. Johnston 43,744 1.64%
Democratic Walter R. Buchanan 24,903 0.91%
Democratic Guido Joseph Pavia 16,562 0.62%
Democratic Harold E. Fields 16,061 0.60%
Democratic Demos Cordeiro 15,696 0.59%
Democratic Mark Morris 12,357 0.46%
Democratic Emanuel Braude 10,064 0.38%
Democratic Henry A. Mermel 6,092 0.23%
Total votes 2,660,306 100.00%

Republican primary



1964 Republican U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Murphy 1,121,591 54.13%
Republican Leland M. Kaiser 689,323 33.27%
Republican Fred Hall 261,036 12.60%
Total votes 2,071,950 100.00%

General election


General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican George Murphy 3,628,552 51.54% Increase8.61
Democratic Pierre Salinger 3,411,915 48.46% Decrease8.55
Total votes 7,040,467 100.00

See also


  1. ^ "CA US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  2. ^ "CA US Senate - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA US Senate Race - Nov 03, 1964". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
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