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1978 United States Senate election in New Jersey

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1978 United States Senate election in New Jersey

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Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ).jpg
Jeff Bell, 2014 (cropped).JPG
Nominee Bill Bradley Jeff Bell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,082,960 844,200
Percentage 55.32% 43.13%

New Jersey Senate Election Results by County, 1978.svg
County results
Bradley:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Bell:      40–50%      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

Clifford P. Case

Elected U.S. Senator

Bill Bradley

The 1978 United States Senate election in New Jersey was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Clifford P. Case ran for re-election to a fifth term in office, but was narrowly defeated in the Republican primary by anti-tax conservative Jeff Bell, who then went on to lose the general election to Democratic nominee Bill Bradley.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on June 6, 1978.[1]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bradley 217,502 58.90
Democratic Richard Leone 97,667 26.45
Democratic Alexander J. Menza 32,386 8.77
Democratic Kenneth C. McCarthy 9,524 2.58
Democratic Wesley K. Bell 8,800 2.38
Democratic Ray Rollinson 3,374 0.91
Total votes 369,253 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Bell 118,555 50.74
Republican Clifford P. Case (incumbent) 115,082 49.26
Total votes 233,637 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • Bill Bradley, Democratic
  • Jeff Bell, Republican

Other candidates

  • Herbert H. Shaw, Independent
  • Bill Gahres, Independent
  • Jack Moyers, Libertarian
  • Robert Bowen, Labor
  • J.M. Carter, Independent
  • Jasper C. Gould, Independent
  • William R. Thorn, Independent
  • Paul Ferguson, Socialist Labor
  • Alice Conner, Socialist Workers


1978 United States Senate election in New Jersey[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Bradley 1,082,960 55.32%
Republican Jeff Bell 844,200 43.13%
Independent Herbert H. Shaw 4,736 0.24%
Independent Bill Gahres 3,817 0.20%
Libertarian Jack Moyers 3,809 0.20%
U.S. Labor Robert Bowen 3,656 0.19%
Independent J.M. Carter 3,618 0.19%
Independent Jasper C. Gould 2,955 0.15%
Independent William R. Thorn 2,776 0.14%
Socialist Labor Paul Ferguson 2,604 0.13%
Socialist Workers Alice Conner 2,384 0.12%
Total votes 1,957,515 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ a b c "1978 Primary Election Results" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1978. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 21, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "1978 General Election Results" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1978. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
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