1972 United States Senate special election in Vermont

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1972 United States Senate special election in Vermont

← 1970 January 7, 1972 (1972-01-07) 1976 →
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Nominee Robert Stafford Randolph Major
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 45,888 23,842
Percentage 64.4% 33.4%

Vermont Senate Election Results by County, 1972.svg
County results
Stafford:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Robert Stafford

Elected U.S. Senator

Robert Stafford

The 1972 United States Senate special election in Vermont took place on January 7, 1972. Incumbent Republican Robert Stafford, appointed in September 1971 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Winston L. Prouty, successfully ran for re-election to the remainder of Prouty's term in the United States Senate. Stafford defeated Democratic candidate Randolph T. Major.

Bernie Sanders, the Liberty Union candidate,[1] was later elected to this seat in 2006, serving as an Independent.

General election[edit]


United States Senate special election in Vermont, 1972[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert Stafford (Incumbent) 45,888 64.4
Democratic Randolph T. Major 23,842 33.4
Liberty Union Bernie Sanders 1,571 2.2
Total votes 71,301 100%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McCullum, April (May 21, 2015). "McKibben to speak at Sanders kickoff". USA Today. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "General Election Results - U.S. Senator - 1914-2014" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved June 16, 2015.