Howey: Believe It or Not, Indiana Senate Races Were Once Competitive


No matter which side of the aisle you’re aligned with, one thing all Hoosiers can agree on is that our U.S. Senate races haven’t exactly been competitive lately. Brian Howey examined the issue in a recent column, noting the Hoosier state’s senatorial seats were once hotly contested. He also posted these past election results to consider:

Modern Indiana U.S. Senate races

1958
Vance Hartke – 56.5 %
Harold Handley – 42.4 %

1962
Birch Bayh – 50.3
Homer Capehart (i) – 49.7

1964
Vance Hartke – 54.7
Russel Bontrager – 45.3

1968
Birch Bayh – 51.7
Bill Ruckleshaus – 48.2

1970
Vance Hartke – 50.1
Richard Roudebush – 49.9

1974
Birch Bayh – 50.7
Dick Lugar – 46.4

1976
Dick Lugar – 58.8
Vance Hartke (i) – 40.5

1980
Dan Quayle – 53.8
Birch Bayh (i) – 46.2

1982
Dick Lugar – 53.8
Floyd Fithian – 45.6

1986
Dan Quayle – 61.1
Jill Long – 38.9

1988
Dick Lugar – 67.7
Jack Wickes – 32.3

1990
Dan Coats – 53.7
Baron Hill – 46.3

1992
Dan Coats – 57.3
Joe Hogsett – 40.7
Steve Dillon – 1.6

1994
Dick Lugar – 67.4
Jim Jontz – 30.5

1998
Evan Bayh – 63.7
Paul Helmke – 34.8
Rebecca Sink-Burris – 1.5

2000
Dick Lugar – 66.5
David Johnson – 31.9
Paul Hager – 1.6

2004
Evan Bayh – 62.0
Marvin Scott – 37.0
Al Barger – 1.0

2006
Dick Lugar – 87.4
Steve Osborn – 12.6

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