1972 United States Senate election in Alabama

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1972 United States Senate election in Alabama

← 1966 November 7, 1972 1978 →
  Alabama Sen. John Sparkman.jpg Winton M. Blount.jpg
Nominee John Sparkman Winton Blount
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 654,491 347,523
Percentage 62.27% 33.06%

U.S. Senator before election

John Sparkman
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

John Sparkman
Democratic

The 1972 United States Senate election in Alabama was held on November 7, 1972.

Incumbent Senator John Sparkman was re-elected to a fifth term in office over Postmaster General Winton Blount.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

1972 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Sparkman (inc.) 331,838 50.25%
Democratic Melba Till Allen 194,690 29.48%
Democratic Lambert C. Mims 87,461 13.25%
Democratic Robert Edington 22,145 3.35%
Democratic Charles Sullins 12,164 1.84%
Democratic Jimmy Harper 7,523 1.14%
Democratic Sam Chestnut, Jr. 4,519 0.68%
Total votes 660,340 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

1972 Republican U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Winton Blount 27,736 54.16%
Republican James D. Martin 16,800 32.81%
Republican Bert Nettles 5,765 11.26%
Republican Doris Callahan 909 1.78%
Total votes 51,210 100.00%

Independents and third parties[edit]

Alabama Conservative[edit]

  • Herbert W. Stone

Alabama National Democratic[edit]

  • John L. LeFlore, founder of Alabama NAACP and civil rights activist

Prohibition[edit]

  • Jerome B. Couch, nominee for Governor in 1970

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Sparkman 654,491 62.27% Increase2.20
Republican Winton Blount 347,523 33.06% Decrease5.94
National Democratic Party of Alabama John L. LeFlore 31,421 2.99% N/A
Prohibition Jerome Couch 10,826 1.03% N/A
Conservative Herbert W. Stone 6,838 0.65% N/A
Total votes 1,051,099 100.00%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AL US Senate - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. ^ "AL US Senate - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. ^ OurCampaigns https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=3309. Retrieved 18 August 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)