United States Senate election in California, 1976

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United States Senate election in California, 1976
← 1970 November 2, 1976 1982 →
  SIHayakawa.jpg JohnTunney.jpg
Nominee S. I. Hayakawa John V. Tunney
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 3,748,973 3,502,862
Percentage 50.1% 46.9%

U.S. Senator before election

John V. Tunney

Elected U.S. Senator

S. I. Hayakawa

The 1976 United States Senate election in California took place on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator John Tunney ran for re-election to a second term, but was defeated by Republican Sam Hayakawa.

Major candidates




General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican S. I. Hayakawa 3,748,973 50.12%
Democratic John V. Tunney (inc.) 3,502,862 46.89%
Peace and Freedom David Wald 104,383 1.40%
American Independent Jack McCoy 82,739 1.11%
Independent Omari Musa 31,629 0.42%
Majority 246,111 3.23%
Turnout 7,470,586
Republican gain from Democratic Swing