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United States Senate election in Colorado, 1996

United States Senate election in Colorado, 1996

November 5, 1996

Nominee Wayne Allard Tom Strickland
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 750,325 677,600
Percentage 51.4% 45.7%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Hank Brown

Elected U.S. Senator

Wayne Allard

The 1996 United States Senate election in Colorado was held on November 5, 1996. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Hank Brown decided to retire instead of seeking a second term. Republican Wayne Allard won the open seat.


  • Democratic primary 1
    • Candidates 1.1
    • Results 1.2
  • Republican primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
    • Results 2.2
  • General election 3
    • Candidates 3.1
    • Results 3.2
  • References 4

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Strickland 87,294 66.13%
Democratic Gene Nichol 44,709 33.87%
Totals 132,003 100.00%

Republican primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne Allard 115,064 56.83%
Republican Gale Norton 87,394 43.17%
Totals 202,458 100.00%

General election



General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Wayne Allard 750,325 51.41% -4.27%
Democratic Tom Strickland 677,600 45.74% +4.08%
Natural Law Randy MacKenzie 41,620 2.85%
Write-ins 66 0.00%
Majority 82,715 5.67% -8.35%
Turnout 1,459,601
Republican hold Swing


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