1952 United States Senate Election in Connecticut
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1952 United States Senate Election in Connecticut
1952 United States Senate election in Connecticut

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  William Arthur Purtell.jpg No image.svg
Nominee William A. Purtell William Benton
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 573,854 485,066
Percentage 52.48% 44.36%

Connecticut Senate Election Results by County, 1952.png
U.S. Senate election results map.
Red denotes those won by Purtell.
Blue denotes counties won by Benton.

The 1952 United States Senate election in Connecticut was held on November 4, 1952. Incumbent Democratic Senator William Benton, who won a special election to complete the term of retiring Senator Raymond Baldwin, was defeated by Republican William A. Purtell after serving only 2 years.

General election

Candidates

Campaign

During the campaign, Brien McMahon, the Class III Senator from Connecticut, died. Governor John Davis Lodge appointed Purtell, already the Republican nominee for this Class I seat, to serve as interim Senator in McMahon's place until a special election could be held.

Purtell supported General Eisenhower's campaign platform against "communism, corruption, and Korea."[1] Benton accused Purtell of being so conservative that he "makes Bob Taft look like a left-wing New Dealer."[2]

Results

United States Senate election in Connecticut, 1952[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William A. Purtell 57,385 52.48% Increase3.42
Democratic William Benton (incumbent) 485,066 44.36% Decrease4.82
Independent Vivien Kellems 22,268 2.04% N/A
Socialist Jasper McLevy 12,279 1.12% Decrease0.64
Total votes 1,207,947 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

Notes

  1. ^ As of August 29, 1952, Purtell was actually serving as Connecticut's interim Class III Senator after the death of Senator Brien McMahon. Governor John Davis Lodge appointed Purtell to succeed McMahon, but Purtell was not a candidate in the special election to succeed McMahon, which was held the same day and won by Prescott Bush.

References

  1. ^ Current Biography Yearbook. H.W. Wilson Company. 1952.
  2. ^ "William Purtell, 81; Served in the Senate from 1952 to 1959". The New York Times. 1978-06-01.
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=7722

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