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United States Senate election in Indiana, 1980
November 4, 1980
44 Dan Quayle 3x4.jpg Birch bayh.jpg
Nominee Dan Quayle Birch Bayh
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,182,414 1,015,922
Percentage 53.79 46.21
County Results

Incumbent Senator
Birch Bayh

Dan Quayle

The 1980 United States Senate election in Indiana took place on November 4, 1980 along with elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as the presidential election, elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

This election was one of the key races in the country, and signaled a trend that would come to be known as Reagan's coattails, describing the influence Ronald Reagan had in congressional elections. Incumbent three-term Senator Birch Bayh was defeated by over 150,000 votes to Representative J. Danforth Quayle, who would later go on to be Vice President of the United States.




Democratic Party

Republican Party

Democratic Primary

Birch Bayh, the incumbent Senator, faced no opposition from Indiana and avoided a primary election.

Republican Primary

The Indiana Republican Party held their primary on May 6, 1980, where Dan Quayle easily defeated Roger Marsh.

Republican Primary [1]
Candidate Votes %
J. Danforth Quayle 397,273 77.06
Roger F. Marsh 118,273 22.94

General election results

Indiana U.S. Senate Election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican J. Danforth Quayle 1,182,414 53.79
Democratic Birch Bayh (incumbent) 1,015,922 46.21
Majority 166,492 7.58
Turnout 2,198,366
  Republican gain from Democrat

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