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United States Senate election in Maine, 1978


United States Senate election in Maine, 1978

United States Senate election in Maine, 1978

November 7, 1978

Nominee William Cohen William Hathaway Hayes Gahagan
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 212,294 127,327 27,824
Percentage 56.59% 33.94% 7.42%

U.S. Senator before election

William Hathaway

Elected U.S. Senator

William Cohen

The 1978 United States Senate election in Maine was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Democratic United States Senator William Hathaway decided to run for re-election to a second term, but was defeated by William Cohen, the Republican nominee and the United States Congressman from Maine's 2nd congressional district.


  • Major candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • Republican 1.2
    • Independent 1.3
  • General election 2
    • Results 2.1
  • References 3

Major candidates




General election


United States Senate election in Maine, 1978[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William Cohen 212,294 56.59% +9.83%
Democratic William Hathaway (inc.) 127,327 33.94% -19.29%
Independent Hayes E. Gahagan 27,824 7.42%
Independent John J. Jannace 5,553 1.48%
Independent Plato Truman 2,116 0.56%
Majority 84,967 22.65% +16.19%
Turnout 375,114
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


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