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United States Senate election in Virginia, 1964


United States Senate election in Virginia, 1964

United States Senate election in Virginia, 1964

November 3, 1964

Nominee Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Richard A. May James W. Respess
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Popular vote 592,270 176,624 95,526
Percentage 63.8% 19.0% 10.3%

U.S. Senator before election

Harry F. Byrd, Sr.

Elected U.S. Senator

Harry F. Byrd, Sr.

The 1964 United States Senate election in Virginia was held on November 3, 1964. Incumbent Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. was reelected after defeating Republican Richard A. May and independent James W. Respess.


General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harry F. Byrd, Sr. (inc.) 592,270 63.80% -5.52%
Republican Richard A. May 176,624 19.03% +19.03%
Independent James W. Respess 95,526 10.29% +10.29%
Independent J.B. Brayman 30,594 3.30% +3.30%
Independent Milton L. Green 12,110 1.30% +1.30%
Independent Robert E. Poole, Jr. 10,774 1.16% +1.16%
Independent Willie T. Wright 10,424 1.12% +1.12%
write-ins 51 0.01%
Majority 415,646 44.77%
Turnout 928,373
Democratic hold


  1. ^
Preceded by
Absalom Willis Robertson
Virginia U.S. Senate elections
Harry F. Byrd, Sr.
Succeeded by
1966/1966 (special)
William B. Spong, Jr.
Harry F. Byrd, Jr.

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