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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1966


United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1966

United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1966

November 8, 1966

Nominee Edward Brooke Endicott Peabody
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,213,473 774,761
Percentage 60.68% 38.74%

Senator before election

Leverett Saltonstall

Elected Senator

Edward Brooke

The United States Senate election of 1966 in Massachusetts was held on November 8, 1966 with Republican State Attorney General Edward Brooke defeating his challengers. Republican incumbent, Leverett Saltonstall, was retiring after serving for 22 years.


  • Candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • Republican 1.2
    • Socialist Workers 1.3
    • Prohibition 1.4
  • Results 2
    • Primaries 2.1
    • General election 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links and references 4




  • Edward Brooke - Chairman of the Boston Finance Commission from 1961-1962 and Massachusetts Attorney General since 1962. [2]

Socialist Workers

  • Lawrence Gilfedder - Candidate for Lt. Governor in 1948. Ran for Governor in 1952 and 1954. Ran for Senate in 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, and 1970. [3]


  • Mark R. Shaw - was the Prohibition Party candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 1946, 1952, 1958, 1969, 1962, and 1970. He was also the party's candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 1948 and again in 1956. In 1964 he served as Prohibition Party candidate for vice-president of the United States.



Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Endicott Peabody 320,967 50.35
Democratic John F. Collins 265,016 41.85
Democratic Thomas Boylston Adams 51,435 8.07

General election

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Edward Brooke 1,213,473 60.68 +4.49
Democratic Endicott Peabody 774,761 38.74 -4.72
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 6,790 0.34 +0.10
Prohibition Mark R. Shaw 4,833 0.24 +0.12


  1. ^ Endicott Peabody at
  2. ^ Edward Brooke at
  3. ^ Lawrence Gilfedder at

External links and references

  • Race details at
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