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1982 United States Senate election in Michigan

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1982 United States Senate election in Michigan

← 1976 November 2, 1982 1988 →
Philip Ruppe.jpg
Nominee Don Riegle Philip Ruppe
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,728,793 1,223,288
Percentage 57.74% 40.85%

Michigan Senate Election Results by County, 1982.svg
County results
Riegle:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Ruppe:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Don Riegle

Elected U.S. Senator

Don Riegle

The 1982 United States Senate election in Michigan took place on November 2, 1982. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Don Riegle was re-elected to a second term in office, defeating Republican U.S. Representative Philip Ruppe.

Republican primary


  • Deane Baker, candidate for U.S. Senate in 1976
  • William S. Ballenger Jr., son of Buick Motors founder William Ballenger and candidate for U.S. Representative in 1974
  • Robert J. Huber, former U.S. Representative from Troy and candidate for U.S. Senate in 1970 and 1976
  • Philip Ruppe, former U.S. Representative from Houghton


Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Philip Ruppe 253,082 84.71%
Republican William S. Ballenger Jr. 122,523 22.27%
Republican Robert J. Huber 102,693 18.67%
Republican Deane Baker 71,902 13.07%
Total votes 550,200 100.00%

General election


1982 United States Senate election in Michigan[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Don Riegle (incumbent) 1,728,793 57.74% Increase5.28
Republican Philip Ruppe 1,223,288 40.85% Decrease6.00
Libertarian Bette Erwin 19,131 0.64% Increase0.39
American Independent Daniel Eller 12,660 0.42% N/A
Socialist Equality Helen Halyard 6,085 0.20% N/A
Socialist Workers Steve Beumer 4,335 0.15% Increase0.05
Total votes 2,994,292 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing

See also


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