United States Senate special election in Virginia, 1966

United States Senate special election in Virginia, 1966

November 8, 1966

Nominee Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Lawrence M. Traylor John W. Carter
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Popular vote 389,028 272,804 57,692
Percentage 53.3% 37.4% 7.9%

U.S. Senator before election

Harry F. Byrd, Jr.

Elected U.S. Senator

Harry F. Byrd, Jr.

The 1966 United States Senate special election in Virginia was held on November 8, 1966 alongside the other U.S. Senate election in Virginia. Incumbent Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. had retired the previous year due to health reasons, and his son Harry F. Byrd, Jr. had been appointed to replace him. Byrd defeated Republican Lawrence M. Traylor and independent candidate John W. Carter, and was able to finish the rest of his father's term.


General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (inc.) 389,028 53.30% -10.50%
Republican Lawrence M. Traylor 272,804 37.38% +18.35%
Independent John W. Carter 57,692 7.90% +7.90%
Independent J.B. Brayman 10,180 1.39% -1.91%
Write-ins 135 0.02% +0.01%
Majority 116,224 15.92%
Turnout 729,839
Democratic hold

See also


  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1966election.pdf
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