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United States Senate election in Virginia, 1972


United States Senate election in Virginia, 1972

United States Senate election in Virginia, 1972

November 7, 1972

Turnout 44.7%[1]
Nominee William L. Scott William Spong, Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 718,337 643,963
Percentage 51.5% 46.1%

U.S. Senate election results map. Red denotes counties/districts won by Scott. Blue denotes those won by Spong.

U.S. Senator before election

William B. Spong, Jr.

Elected U.S. Senator

William Lloyd Scott

The 1972 United States Senate election in Virginia was held on November 7, 1972. Republican U.S. Representative William L. Scott defeated incumbent Democratic Senator William Spong, Jr.. Scott was the first Republican U.S. Senator from Virginia to be elected in over a century, as the most recent Republican Senator was John F. Lewis, who had held the seat during the Reconstruction era.


  • Candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • Republican 1.2
  • Results 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4





General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Lloyd Scott 718,337 51.45% +22.05
Democratic William B. Spong, Jr. (inc.) 643,963 46.12% -12.48
Independent Horace E. Henderson 33,912 2.43% +2.43%
Write-ins 56 0.00%
Majority 74,374 5.33%
Turnout 1,396,268
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  2. ^

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Preceded by
Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
Virginia U.S. Senate elections
William L. Scott
Succeeded by
Harry F. Byrd, Jr.

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