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1984 United States Senate election in Idaho

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1984 United States Senate election in Idaho

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Nominee James A. McClure Peter M. Busch
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 293,193 105,591
Percentage 72.19% 26.00%

Idaho Senate Election Results by County, 1984.svg
County Results
McClure:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      90–100%

U.S. senator before election

James A. McClure

Elected U.S. Senator

James A. McClure

The 1984 United States Senate election in Idaho was held on November 6, 1984.

Incumbent Senator James A. McClure was re-elected to a third term in office.

Republican primary



Senator McClure was unopposed for re-nomination by the Republican Party.

Democratic primary



1984 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Busch 27,871 62.02%
Democratic Louis A. Hathaway 17,065 37.98%
Total votes 44,936 100.00%

Independents and third parties


  • Donald Billings

General election


The campaign was largely uneventful given McClure's large lead in polls and the Republican tendency of Idaho.

During the campaign, Democratic candidate Peter Busch was involved in a minor plane crash. Busch would die in a similar crash while campaigning for Congress in 1986.[2]


General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican James A. McClure (incumbent) 293,193 72.19% Increase3.75
Democratic Peter M. Busch 105,591 26.00% Decrease5.56
Libertarian Donald Billings 7,384 1.82% Increase1.82
Total votes 406,168 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

See also


  1. ^ "ID US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Officials Confirm Three Dead In Crash Of Plane Carrying Candidates". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ "ID US Senate Race". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
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