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1990 United States 1994
United States Senate elections, 1992
36 seats in the United States Senate
November 3, 1992
Majority party Minority party
GeorgeJMitchellPortrait.jpg Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG
Leader George Mitchell Bob Dole
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Maine Kansas
Last election 56 seats 44 seats
Seats won 56 44
Seat change +0 +0
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     Republican holds

     Republican pickups      Democratic holds      One Democratic hold, one pickup      Democratic pickups

Previous Majority Leader
George Mitchell

Majority Leader-elect
George Mitchell

The 1992 United States Senate election was an election for the United States Senate in which the victory of Bill Clinton in the presidential election was not accompanied by major Democratic gains in the Senate.

Democratic victories over John F. Seymour (R-CA) and Bob Kasten (R-WI) were cancelled out by the defeats of Wyche Fowler (D-GA) and Terry Sanford (D-NC). The election of four new Democratic women to the Senate was notable (referred to in the press as the "Year of the Woman"). Due to a special election in California, both of California's Senate seats were up for election in 1992. These seats were won by Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

In 1993, Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) resigned to become Secretary of the Treasury. His replacement, Bob Krueger (D-TX), lost a special election to Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). This election was held in June 1993 and so is not included in the party balance numbers below.

Carol Moseley Braun, D-Illinois, became the first African-American woman to serve in the United States Senate.


Notable races


Democratic gains

  • California: Sen. John F. Seymour (R-CA) was defeated in a special election by former San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Seymour had been appointed to the seat by Governor Pete Wilson following Wilson's resignation from the Senate after his election as Governor.
  • Wisconsin: Sen. Bob Kasten (R-WI) survived a close call in his first re-election bid in 1986, but was upset in his bid for a third term by State Senator Russ Feingold. Feingold had won the Democratic primary as an underdog against two millionaire opponents thanks to an effective series of quirky campaign advertisements, and he repeated the same formula in the general election against Kasten.

Republican gains

  • Georgia: In the initial balloting, Sen. Wyche Fowler (D-GA) narrowly defeated former Republican State Senator Paul Coverdell, but he failed to gain 50% of the vote thanks to the strong showing of the Libertarian candidate and Fowler faced Coverdell in a run-off. Coverdell would win the run-off by an equally narrow margin.
  • North Carolina: Sen. Terry Sanford (D-NC) became the third straight incumbent to lose this seat after one term when he was defeated by Democrat-turned-Republican Lauch Faircloth. Faircloth's victory was aided by Sanford's health scares and the considerable political organization of the state's other senator, Jesse Helms (R-NC).

Senate contests in 1992

A bolded state name indicates an article about that state's election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama Richard Shelby Democratic Re-elected, 64.8% Richard Sellars (Republican) 33.1%
Jerome Shockley (Libertarian) 2.0%
Alaska Frank Murkowski Republican Re-elected, 53.0% Tony Smith (Democratic) 38.4%
Mary Jordan (Green) 8.4%
Arizona John McCain Republican Re-elected, 55.8% Claire Sargent (Democratic) 31.6%
Evan Mecham (Independent) 10.5%
Kiana Delamare (Libertarian) 1.6%
Ed Finkelstein (New Alliance) 0.5%
Arkansas Dale Bumpers Democratic Re-elected, 60.2% Mike Huckabee (Republican) 39.8%
California (special[1]) John F. Seymour Republican Defeated, 38.0% Dianne Feinstein (Democratic) 54.3%
Gerald Horne (Peace & Freedom) 2.8%
Paul Meeuwenberg (American Ind.) 2.6%
Richard B. Boddie (Libertarian) 2.3%
California Alan Cranston Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Barbara Boxer (Democratic) 47.9%
Bruce Herschensohn (Republican) 43.0%
Jerome McCready American Ind. 3.5%
Genevieve Torres (Peace & Freedom) 3.5%
June R. Genis (Libertarian) 2.2%
Colorado Tim Wirth Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Democratic) 51.8%
Terry Considine (Republican) 42.7%
Richard Grimes (Independent) 2.7%
Matt Noah (Christian Pro-Life) 1.5%
Dan Winters (Independent) 1.3%
Connecticut Christopher Dodd Democratic Re-elected, 58.8% Brook Johnson (Republican) 38.1%
Richard D. Gregory (Concerned Citizens) 2.4%
Howard A. Grayson, Jr. (Libertarian) 0.7%
Florida Bob Graham Democratic Re-elected, 65.4% James W. Grant (Republican) 34.6%
Georgia Wyche Fowler Democratic Advanced in primary, 49.2%, Defeated in runoff, 49.4% Paul Coverdell (Republican) 47.7%, 50.6%
Jim Hudson (Libertarian) 3.1%
Hawaii Daniel Inouye Democratic Re-elected, 57.3% Rick Reed (Republican) 26.9%
Linda Martin (Green) 13.7%
Richard O. Rowland (Libertarian) 2.1%
Idaho Steve Symms Republican Retired, Republican victory Dirk Kempthorne (Republican) 56.5%
Richard H. Stallings (Democratic) 43.5%
Illinois Alan J. Dixon Democratic Defeated in primary, Democratic victory Carol Moseley-Braun (Democratic) 53.3%
Richard S. Williamson (Republican) 43.1%
Chad Koppie (Conservative) 2.0%
Andrew B. Spiegel (Libertarian) 0.7%
Charles A. Winter (Natural Law) 0.3%
Alan J. Port (New Alliance) 0.3%
Kathleen Kaku (Socialist Workers) 0.2%
John Justice (Populist) 0.2%
Indiana Dan Coats Republican Re-elected, 57.3% Joseph Hogsett (Democratic) 40.7%
Steve Dillon (Libertarian) 1.6%
Raymond Tirado (New Alliance) 0.3%
Iowa Chuck Grassley Republican Re-elected, 69.6% Jean Lloyd-Jones (Democratic) 27.2%
Stuart Zimmerman (Natural Law) 1.3%
Sue Atkinson (Independent) 0.5%
Mel Boring (Independent) 0.4%
Rosanne Freeburg (Independent) 0.4%
Carl Eric Olsen (Grassroots) 0.3%
Richard O'Dell Hughes (Independent) 0.2%
Cleve Andrew Pulley (Socialist Workers) 0.1%
Kansas Bob Dole Republican Re-elected, 62.7% Gloria O'Dell (Democratic) 31.0%
Christina Campbell-Cline (Independent) 4.0%
Mark B. Kirk (Libertarian) 2.2%
Kentucky Wendell H. Ford Democratic Re-elected, 62.9% David Williams (Republican) 35.8%
James Ridenour (Libertarian) 1.3%
Louisiana John Breaux Democratic Re-elected in primary
Maryland Barbara Mikulski Democratic Re-elected, 71.0% Alan Keyes (Republican) 29.0%
Missouri Kit Bond Republican Re-elected, 51.9% Geri Rothman-Serot (Democratic) 44.9%
Jeanne Bojarski (Libertarian) 3.2%
Nevada Harry Reid Democratic Re-elected, 51.0% Demar Dahl (Republican) 40.2%
None of These Candidates 2.6%
Joe Garcia (Independent American) 2.3%
Lois Avery (Natural Law) 1.5%
H. Kent Cromwell (Libertarian) 1.5%
Harry Tootle (Populist) 0.9%
New Hampshire Warren Rudman Republican Retired, Republican victory Judd Gregg (Republican) 48.2%
John Rauh (Democratic) 45.3%
K. Alexander (Libertarian) 3.5%
New York Al D'Amato Republican Re-elected, 49.0% Robert Abrams (Democratic) 47.8%
Norma Segal (Libertarian) 1.7%
Mohammad T. Mehdi (New Alliance) 0.9%
Stanley Nelson (Natural Law) 0.4%
Ed Warren (Socialist Workers) 0.2%
North Carolina Terry Sanford Democratic Defeated, 46.3% Lauch Faircloth (Republican) 50.4%
Bobby Emory (Libertarian) 3.3%
North Dakota (Special[2]) Jocelyn Burdick Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Kent Conrad (Democratic) 63.3%
Jack Dalrymple (Republican) 33.7%
Darold Larson (Independent) 3.0%
North Dakota Kent Conrad Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Byron Dorgan (Democratic) 59.0%
Steve Sydness (Republican) 38.9%
Tom Asbridge (Independent) 2.1%
Ohio John Glenn Democratic Re-elected, 51.0% Mike DeWine (Republican) 42.3%
Martha Grevatt (Independent) 6.7%
Oklahoma Don Nickles Republican Re-elected, 58.5% Steve Lewis (Democratic) 38.2%
Roy V. Edwards (Independent) 1.6%
Thomas D. Ledgerwood II (Independent) 1.6%
Oregon Bob Packwood Republican Re-elected, 52.1% Les AuCoin (Democratic) 46.5%
Pennsylvania Arlen Specter Republican Re-elected, 49.1% Lynn Yeakel (Democratic) 46.3%
John Perry III (Independent) 4.6%
South Carolina Ernest Hollings Democratic Re-elected, 50.1% Thomas F. Hartnett (Republican) 46.9%
Mark Johnson (Libertarian) 1.9%
Robert Barnwell Clarkson II (American) 1.0%
South Dakota Tom Daschle Democratic Re-elected, 64.9% Charlene Haar (Republican) 32.5%
Gus Hercules (Libertarian) 1.3%
Kent Hyde (Independent) 1.3%
Utah Jake Garn Republican Retired, Republican victory Robert Bennett (Republican) 55.4%
Wayne Owens (Democratic) 39.7%
Anita Morrow (Independent) 2.3%
Vermont Patrick Leahy Democratic Re-elected, 54.2% Jim Douglas (Republican) 43.3%
Jerry Levy (Liberty Union) 1.8%
Michael B. Godeck (Freedom for LaRouche) 0.6%
Washington Brock Adams Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Patty Murray (Democratic) 54.0%
Rod Chandler (Republican) 46.0%
Wisconsin Bob Kasten Republican Defeated, 46.0% Russ Feingold (Democratic) 52.6%
Patrick W. Johnson (Independent) 0.7%
William Bittner (Libertarian) 0.4%
Mervin A. Hanson, Sr. (Independent) 0.1%
Robert L. Kundert (Independent) 0.1%
Joseph Selliken (Independent) 0.1%


  1. ^ Special election held due to resignation of Pete Wilson (R-CA) to become Governor of California
  2. ^ Special election held due to death of Quentin Burdick (D-ND)

See also

Senate composition before and after elections

102nd Congress Senate Composition   103rd Congress Senate Composition
Color Key:   = Republican   = Democratic


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