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United States Senate election in Colorado, 1986

United States Senate election in Colorado, 1986

November 3, 1986

Nominee Tim Wirth Ken Kramer
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 529,449 512,994
Percentage 49.9% 48.4%

U.S. Senator before election

Gary Hart

Elected U.S. Senator

Tim Wirth

The 1986 United States Senate election in Colorado was held on November 3, 1986. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Hart decided to retire instead of seeking a third term. Democratic nominee Tim Wirth won the open seat.

Major candidates




General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tim Wirth 529,449 49.91% -0.42%
Republican Ken Kramer 512,994 48.36% -0.34%
Independent Michael Martin Bush 11,127 1.05%
Socialist Workers Michael R. Chamberlain 3,756 0.35%
Independent American Henry John Olshaw 1,868 0.18% -0.17%
Prohibition Calvin G. Dodge 1,571 0.15%
Majority 16,455 1.55% -0.09%
Turnout 1,060,765
Democratic hold Swing


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