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1972 United States Senate election in Kentucky

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1972 United States Senate election in Kentucky

← 1966 November 7, 1972 1978 →
WHuddleston (cropped).jpg
Louie-Nunn (cropped).jpg
Nominee Walter Huddleston Louie Nunn
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 528,550 494,337
Percentage 50.93% 47.63%

Kentucky Senate Election Results by County, 1972.svg
County results
Huddleston:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Nunn:      50-60%      60-70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. senator before election

John Sherman Cooper

Elected U.S. Senator

Walter Huddleston

The 1972 United States Senate election in Kentucky took place on November 7, 1972. Incumbent Republican Senator John Sherman Cooper retired, and Democratic State Senator Walter "Dee" Huddleston won the open seat over former Republican Governor Louie Nunn.

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter Huddleston 106,144 71.60%
Democratic Sandy Hockensmith 14,786 9.97%
Democratic James E. Wallace 11,290 7.62%
Democratic Willis V. Johnson 8,727 5.89%
Democratic Charles Van Winkle 7,306 4.93%
Total votes 148,253 100.00%

Republican primary


  • W. Howard Clay
  • Robert E. Gable, businessman and Commissioner of State Parks of Kentucky
  • Thurman Jerome Hamlin, perennial candidate from London
  • Louie Nunn, former Governor of Kentucky (1967–71)
  • George Wooton


Republican Primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Louie Nunn 57,348 69.71%
Republican Robert E. Gable 18,107 22.01%
Republican W. Howard Clay 2,786 3.39%
Republican George Wooton 2,716 3.30%
Republican Thurman Jerome Hamlin 1,312 1.60%
Total votes 82,269 100.00%

General election


General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Walter "Dee" Huddleston 528,550 50.93%
Republican Louie Nunn 494,337 47.63%
American Helen Breeden 8,707 0.84%
People's Walter Bartley 6,267 0.60%
Total votes 1,037,861 100.00%

See also

1972 United States Senate elections


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - KY US Senate - D Primary Race - May 23, 1972".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - KY US Senate - R Primary Race - May 23, 1972".
  3. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1973). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1972" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.
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