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   The Last 25 Senate Incumbents Defeated In Primaries (1962-Present)

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4/28/2010 8:35 am

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Ken Rudin

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Entered 5/10/2010, Updated 5/10/2010

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With at least four senators this year finding themselves in some degree of difficulty in winning the nomination of their party — Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Arlen Specter (D-PA) and John McCain (R-AZ) — I thought this might be a good time to present a list of all the senators who in the past half-century who lost their primaries (asterisk denotes incumbents who were appointed, not elected): 2006 (1): Joe Lieberman (D-CT) — lost to Ned Lamont (Lieberman then ran and won as an independent, but he caucuses with Dems). 2002 (1): Bob Smith (R-NH) – lost to John Sununu (GOP retained seat in November). 1996 (1): Sheila Frahm (R-KS)* - lost to Sam Brownback (GOP retained seat). 1992 (1): Alan Dixon (D-IL) – lost to Carol Moseley Braun (Dems retained seat). 1980 (4): Donald Stewart (D-AL) – lost to Jim Folsom Jr. (GOP picked up seat); Mike Gravel (D-AK) – lost to Clark Gruening (GOP picked up seat); Dick Stone (D-FL) – lost to Bill Gunter (GOP picked up seat); Jacob Javits (R-NY) – lost to Al D'Amato (GOP retained seat). 1978 (3): Maryon Allen (D-AL)* - lost to Donald Stewart (Dems retained seat); Paul Hatfield (D-MT)*; lost to Max Baucus (Dems retained seat); Clifford Case (R-NJ) – lost to Jeffrey Bell (Dems picked up seat). 1974 (2): J. William Fulbright (D-AR) – lost to Dale Bumpers (Dems retained seat); Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH)* - lost to John Glenn (Dems retained seat). 1972 (2): David Gambrell (D-GA)* - lost to Sam Nunn (Dems retained seat); B. Everett Jordan (D-NC) – lost to Nick Galifianakis (GOP picked up seat). 1970 (1): Ralph Yarborough (D-TX) – lost to Lloyd Bentsen (Dems retained seat). 1968 (4): Ernest Gruening (D-AK) – lost to Mike Gravel (Dems retained seat); Thomas Kuchel (R-CA) – lost to Max Rafferty (Dems picked up seat); Edward Long (D-MO) – lost to Thomas Eagleton (Dems retained seat); Frank Lausche (D-OH) – lost to John Gilligan


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