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1978 United States Senate election in Michigan

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1978 United States Senate election in Michigan
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← 1972 November 7, 1978 1984 →
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Nominee Carl Levin Robert P. Griffin
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,484,193 1,362,165
Percentage 52.1% 47.9%

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County results
Levin:      50–60%      60–70%
Griffin:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Robert P. Griffin

Elected U.S. Senator

Carl Levin

The 1978 United States Senate election in Michigan was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Robert P. Griffin ran for re-election to a third term, but was defeated by the Democratic candidate, Detroit City Council President Carl Levin.

Republican primary



1978 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert P. Griffin (incumbent) 322,530 78.30%
Republican L. Brooks Patterson 89,383 21.70%
Write-in 22 0.01%
Total votes 411,935 100.00%

Democratic primary



1978 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carl Levin 226,584 38.90%
Democratic Phil Power 115,117 19.77%
Democratic Richard Vander Veen 89,257 15.33%
Democratic Anthony Derezinski 53,696 9.22%
Democratic John Otterbacher 50,860 8.73%
Democratic Paul Rosenbaum 46,892 8.05%
Write-in 23 0.00%
Total votes 582,429 100.00%


General election results[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Carl Levin 1,484,193 52.14% Increase5.85
Republican Robert P. Griffin (incumbent) 1,362,165 47.85% Decrease4.43
Write-in 272 0.01% N/A
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

See also


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  5. ^ Parker, Randy; crickets chirp (July 7, 2003). "Our Campaigns: MI U.S. Senate". Our Campaigns.
  6. ^ Clerk of the United States House of Representatives (1979). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office.
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