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1976 United States Senate election in Ohio

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1976 United States Senate election in Ohio

← 1970 November 2, 1976 1982 →
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Nominee Howard Metzenbaum Robert Taft Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,941,113 1,823,774
Percentage 49.51% 46.52%

Ohio Senate Election Results by County, 1976.svg
County Results
Metzenbaum:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Taft:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Robert Taft Jr.

Elected U.S. Senator

Howard Metzenbaum

The 1976 United States Senate election in Ohio took place on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Republican senator Robert Taft, Jr. ran for re-election to second term. Democrat Howard Metzenbaum, who had briefly served in the Senate in 1974, unseated Taft in a rematch of the 1970 election.

Democratic primary



1976 Democratic Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Metzenbaum 576,124 53.58%
Democratic James V. Stanton 400,552 37.26%
Democratic James D. Nolan 62,979 5.86%
Democratic Richard B. Kay 35,522 3.30%
Total votes 1,075,177 100.00%

General election


General election results[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Howard Metzenbaum 1,941,113 49.51% Increase2.06
Republican Robert Taft, Jr. (incumbent) 1,823,774 46.52% Decrease3.16
Independent John O'Neill 53,657 1.37% N/A
American Independent Donald E. Babcock 36,979 0.94% Decrease1.00
Independent Emma Lila Fundaburk 33,285 0.85% N/A
Socialist Workers Melissa Singler 31,805 0.81% Decrease0.11
Majority 117,339 2.99%
Turnout 3,920,613
Democratic gain from Republican

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 2, 1976" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - OH US Senate Race - Nov 02, 1976". Retrieved 2019-04-19.
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