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1972 United States Senate election in Virginia

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1972 United States Senate election in Virginia

← 1966 November 7, 1972 1978 →
William Lloyd Scott.jpg
William B Spong.jpg
Nominee William L. Scott William Spong, Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 718,337 643,963
Percentage 51.5% 46.1%

Virginia Senate Election Results by County, 1972.svg
County and independent city results
Scott:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Spong:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

William B. Spong, Jr.

Elected U.S. Senator

William Lloyd Scott

The 1972 United States Senate election in Virginia was held on November 7, 1972. Republican U.S. Representative William L. Scott defeated incumbent Democratic Senator William Spong, Jr.. Scott was the first Republican U.S. Senator from Virginia to be elected in over a century, as the most recent Republican Senator was John F. Lewis, who had held the seat during the Reconstruction era.





United States Senate election in Virginia, 1972[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Lloyd Scott 718,337 51.45% +22.05%
Democratic William B. Spong, Jr. (incumbent) 643,963 46.12% -12.48%
Independent Horace E. Henderson 33,912 2.43%
Write-ins 56 <0.01% -0.01%
Majority 74,374 5.33% -19.77%
Turnout 1,396,268
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  2. ^

See also

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