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1972 United States Senate election in Rhode Island

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1972 United States Senate election in Rhode Island

← 1966 November 7, 1972 1978 →
Sen Claiborne Pell.jpg
Sen John Chafee.jpg
Nominee Claiborne Pell John Chafee
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 221,942 188,990
Percentage 53.7% 45.7%

Rhode Island Senate Election Results by County, 1972.svg
County results
Pell:      50–60%
Chafee:      50-60%

U.S. senator before election

Claiborne Pell

Elected U.S. Senator

Claiborne Pell

The 1972 United States Senate election in Rhode Island took place on November 7, 1972. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell successfully sought re-election, defeating Republican John Chafee in the closest race of Pell's Senate career. Chafee was elected to Rhode Island's other Senate seat in 1976, and was colleagues with Pell until the latter's retirement in 1996.

Democratic primary


Republican primary


General election


General election results[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Claiborne Pell (incumbent) 221,942 53.68%
Republican John Chafee 188,990 45.71%
Independent John Quattrocchi 2,041 0.49%
Socialist Workers Patrick M. DeTemple 458 0.11%
Majority 32,952 7.97%
Total votes 413,431 100.00%
Democratic hold


  1. ^ "RI US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 7, 1972" (PDF). Office of the U.S. House Clerk. Retrieved 18 March 2014.

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