1986 United States Senate Election in Arizona
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1986 United States Senate Election in Arizona
1986 United States Senate election in Arizona

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Nominee John McCain Richard Kimball
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 521,850 340,965
Percentage 60.5% 39.5%

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County results

McCain:      50-60%      60-70%

Kimball:      50-60%

U.S. senator before election

Barry Goldwater
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

John McCain
Republican

The 1986 United States Senate election in Arizona was held on November 4, 1986. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater decided to retire instead of seeking a sixth term. The open seat was won by John McCain, a Republican congressman from Arizona's 1st congressional district and former Navy officer, as well as future 2008 presidential nominee against Democrat Barack Obama. McCain would remain in the Senate until his death on August 25, 2018.

Candidates

Democratic

Republican

Campaign

Kimball's campaign was subject to negative press from the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette. One Gazette columnist described him as displaying "terminal weirdness."[1] McCain ultimately won the election by a margin of 21%.[2]

Results

General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John McCain 521,850 60.47% +11.02%
Democratic Richard Kimball 340,965 39.51% -8.87%
Write-in 106 0.01%
Majority 180,885 20.96% +19.89%
Turnout 862,921
Republican hold Swing

See also

References

  1. ^ Nowicki, D. & Muller, B. (March 1, 2007). The Senate calls. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Election Results 1986

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