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1996 United States Senate election in Illinois

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1996 United States Senate election in Illinois

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Al Salvi (Climate Change Conference).jpg
Nominee Dick Durbin Al Salvi
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,384,028 1,728,824
Percentage 56.09% 40.67%

Illinois senatorial election, 1996.svg
County results
Durbin:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Salvi:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Paul Simon

Elected U.S. Senator

Dick Durbin

The 1996 United States Senate election in Illinois took place on November 5, 1996. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Paul Simon chose to retire rather than seek a third term in office. In the Democratic primary, U.S. Representative Dick Durbin emerged victorious, while state representative Al Salvi won the Republican primary. Though the election was initially anticipated to be close, Durbin ended up defeating Salvi by a comfortable double-digit margin of victory, allowing him to win what would be the first of several terms in the Senate.

Election information

The primaries and general elections coincided with those for other federal offices (president and House), as well as those for state offices.


For the primaries, turnout was 25.85%, with 1,583,406 votes cast.[1] For the general election, turnout was 63.79%, with 4,250,722 votes cast.[2]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Durbin 512,520 64.87%
Democratic Pat Quinn 233,138 29.51%
Democratic Ronald F. Gibbs 17,681 2.24%
Democratic Jalil Ahmad 17,211 2.18%
Democratic Paul H. D. Park 9,505 1.20%
Total votes 790,055 100

Republican primary



Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Al Salvi 377,141 47.64%
Republican Bob Kustra 342,935 43.32%
Republican Robert Marshall 43,937 5.55%
Republican Martin Paul Gallagher 17,276 2.18%
Republican Wayne S. Kurzeja 10,356 1.31%
Total votes 791,645 100

Libertarian primary


  • David F. Hoscheidt
  • Robin J. Miller


Libertarian primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Robin J. Miller 1,258 73.74
Libertarian David F. Hoscheidt 448 26.26
Total votes 1,706 100

General election


Durbin won the election easily.

United States Senate election in Illinois, 1996[2][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dick Durbin 2,384,028 56.09% -8.98%
Republican Al Salvi 1,728,824 40.67% +5.74%
Reform Steven H. Perry 61,023 1.44%
Libertarian Robin J. Miller 41,218 0.97%
Constitution Chad N. Koppie 17,563 0.40%
Natural Law James E. Davis 13,838 0.33%
Write-ins 4,228 0.10%
Majority 655,204 15.41% -14.72%
Turnout 4,250,722 63.79
Democratic hold Swing

See also


  1. ^ a b "State of Illinois official vote cast at the primary election held on ..." Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "State of Illinois official vote cast at the general election ." Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Federal Elections 96: 1996 U.S. Senate Results by State". Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 5, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved April 4, 2015.
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