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United States Senate elections, 1880

United States Senate elections, 1880

November 1880

76 seats in the United States Senate
  Majority party Minority party Third party
Party Republican Democratic Readjuster
Last election 33 seats 42 seats Steady
Seats won 37 37 1
Seat change Increase 4 Decrease 5 Increase 1

Majority Party before election


Elected Majority Party


The United States Senate election of 1880 was an election which conicided with the presidential election of 1880, and which had the Democratic Party lose five seats in the United States Senate, causing it and the Republican Party to have the same number of seats, leading to a Senate without a clear majority Party; but the Republican Party did hold the Vice-Presidency.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen by State legislatures.


  • Results 1
  • Change in Senate composition 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


47th Congress (1881–1883)

  • Majority Party: Republican (37)
  • Minority Party: Democratic (37)
  • Other Parties: Independent (1); Readjuster (1)
  • Total Seats: 76

Change in Senate composition

Senate composition in
the 46th Congress
 D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   
 D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D 
 D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D 
 D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D 
 D   D   D   D   I   R   R   R   R   R 
 R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R 
 R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R 
 R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   
Senate composition in
the 47th Congress
 D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   
 D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D 
 D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D 
 I   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D   D 
 J   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R 
 R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R 
 R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R 
 R   R   R   R   R   R   R   R   
Key:    D  =Democratic    J  =Readjuster    R  =Republican    I  =Independent

See also


  • Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present, via

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