Electoral History of Bob Dole

Electoral history of Bob Dole, United States Senator from Kansas (1969–1996), Senate Majority Leader (1985–1987, 1995–1996), Senate Minority Leader (1987–1995), 1976 Republican Party Vice Presidential nominee and 1996 Presidential nominee.

He has been involved in many elections on regional, statewide and nationwide stage, from 1950 to 1996.

Kansas House of Representatives, 81st district, 1950:

  • Bob Dole (R) - 2,576
  • Elmo Mahoney (D) (inc.) - 1,803

County Attorney, Russell County, 1952 (Republican primary):

  • Bob Dole - 1,133
  • Dean Ostrum - 948

Russell County Attorney, 1952:

  • Bob Dole (R) - 4,207
  • George Holland (D) - 2,065

Russell County Attorney, 1954:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - unopposed

Russell County Attorney, 1956:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 3,175
  • Clifford Holland, Jr. (D) - 2,317

Russell County Attorney, 1958

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 2,807
  • Robert Earnest (D) - 2,195

Kansas's 6th congressional district, 1960 (Republican primary)

  • Bob Dole - 16,033 (45.15%)
  • Keith Sebelius - 15,051 (42.39%)
  • Phillip J. Doyle - 4,423 (12.46%)

Kansas's 6th congressional district, 1960:

  • Bob Dole (R) - 62,335 (59.25%)
  • William A. Davis (D) - 42,869 (40.75%)

Kansas's 1st congressional district, 1962:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 102,499 (55.83%)
  • J. Floyd Breeding (D) (inc.) - 81,092 (44.17%)

NOTE: Dole was an incumbent in abolished 6th district and Breeding in 1st district, which became merged into one

Kansas's 1st congressional district, 1964:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 113,212 (51.16%)
  • Bill Bork (D) - 108,086 (48.84%)

Kansas's 1st congressional district, 1966:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 97,487 (68.63%)
  • Berniece Hencle (D) - 44,569 (31.37%)

Republican primary for United States Senate from Kansas, 1968:

  • Bob Dole - 190,782 (68.48%)
  • William H. Avery - 87,801 (31.52%)

Kansas United States Senate election, 1968:

  • Bob Dole (R) - 490,911 (60.08%)
  • William I. Robinson (D) - 315,911 (38.66%)
  • Joseph Fred Hyskell (Prohibition) - 10,262 (1.26%)
  • Write-in - 12 (0.00%)

Kansas United States Senate election, 1974:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 403,983 (50.85%)
  • William R. Roy (D) - 390,451 (49.15%)

1976 Republican National Convention (Vice Presidential tally):

  • Bob Dole - 1,921 (85.04%)
  • Abstaining - 103 (4.56%)
  • Jesse Helms - 103 (4.56%)
  • Ronald Reagan - 27 (1.20%)
  • Phil Crane - 23 (1.02%)
  • John Grady - 19 (0.84%)
  • Louis Frey - 9 (0.40%)
  • Anne Armstrong - 6 (0.27%)
  • Howard Baker - 6 (0.27%)
  • William F. Buckley - 4 (0.18%)
  • John B. Connally - 4 (0.18%)
  • David C. Treen - 4 (0.18%)
  • Alan Steelman - 3 (0.13%)
  • Edmund Bauman - 2 (0.09%)
  • Bill Brock - 2 (0.09%)
  • Paul Laxalt - 2 (0.09%)
  • Elliot Richardson - 2 (0.09%)
  • Richard Schweiker - 2 (0.09%)
  • William E. Simon - 2 (0.09%)
  • Jack Wellborn - 2 (0.09%)
  • James Allen - 1 (0.04%)
  • Ray Barnhardt - 1 (0.04%)
  • George H. W. Bush - 1 (0.04%)
  • Pete Domenici - 1 (0.04%)
  • James B. Edwards - 1 (0.04%)
  • Frank S. Glenn - 1 (0.04%)
  • David Keane - 1 (0.04%)
  • James McClure - 1 (0.04%)
  • Nancy Palm - 1 (0.04%)
  • Donald Rumsfeld - 1 (0.04%)
  • John W. Sears - 1 (0.04%)
  • Roger Staubach - 1 (0.04%)
  • Steve Symms - 1 (0.04%)

United States presidential election, 1976

  • Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale (D) - 40,831,881 (50.1%) and 297 electoral votes (55.20%, 23 states and D.C. carried)
  • Gerald Ford/Bob Dole (R) - 39,148,634 (48.0%) and 240 electoral votes (44.61%, 27 states carried)
  • Ronald Reagan/Bob Dole (R) - 1 electoral vote (0.19%, faithless elector)
  • Eugene McCarthy (Independent) - 740,460 (0.9%)
  • Roger MacBride/David Bergland (Libertarian) - 172,553 (0.2%)
  • Lester Maddox/William Dyke (American Independent) - 170,274 (0.2%)
  • Thomas J. Anderson/Rufus Shackelford (American) - 158,271 (0.2%)
  • Peter Camejo/Willie Mae Reid (Socialist Workers) - 90,986 (0.1%)

1980 Republican presidential primaries:

  • Ronald Reagan - 7,709,793 (59.79%)
  • George H. W. Bush - 3,070,033 (23.81%)
  • John B. Anderson - 1,572,174 (12.19%)
  • Howard Baker - 181,153 (1.41%)
  • Phil Crane - 97,793 (0.76%)
  • John B. Connally - 82,625 (0.64%)
  • Unpledged - 68,155 (0.53%)
  • Ben Fernandez - 68,155 (0.53%)
  • Harold Stassen - 25,425 (0.20%)
  • Gerald Ford - 10,557 (0.08%)
  • Bob Dole - 7,204 (0.06%)

Republican primary for United States Senate from Kansas, 1980:

  • Bob Dole (inc.) - 201,484 (81.85%)
  • Jim H. Grainge - 44,674 (18.15%)

Kansas United States Senate election, 1980:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 598,686 (63.76%)
  • John Simpson (D) - 340,271 (36.24%)

Senate Majority Leader, 1984:

Final fourth ballot:

  • Bob Dole - 28
  • Ted Stevens - 25

Other defeated candidates: Pete Domenici, Dick Lugar, Jim McClure

Republican primary for United States Senate from Kansas, 1986:

  • Bob Dole (inc.) - 228,301 (84.39%)
  • Shirley J.A. Landis - 42,237 (15.61%)

Kansas United States Senate election, 1986:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 576,902 (70.05%)
  • Guy MacDonald (D) - 246,664 (29.95%)

Iowa Republican presidential Straw Poll, 1987:

  • Pat Robertson - 1,293 (33.65%)
  • Bob Dole - 958 (24.93%)
  • George H. W. Bush - 864 (22.48%)
  • Jack Kemp - 520 (13.53%)
  • Pierre S. du Pont, IV - 160 (4.16%)
  • Ben Fernandez - 23 (0.60%)
  • Kate Heslop - 13 (0.34%)
  • Alexander Haig - 12 (0.31%)

1988 Republican presidential primaries:

  • George H. W. Bush - 8,258,512 (67.91%)
  • Bob Dole - 2,333,375 (19.19%)
  • Pat Robertson - 1,097,446 (9.02%)
  • Jack Kemp - 331,333 (2.72%)
  • Unpledged - 56,990 (0.47%)
  • Pierre S. du Pont, IV - 49,783 (0.41%)
  • Alexander Haig - 26,619 (0.22%)
  • Harold Stassen - 2,682 (0.02%)

Republican primary for United States Senate from Kansas, 1992:

  • Bob Dole (inc.) - 244,480 (80.40%)
  • Rode Rodewald - 59,589 (19.60%)

Kansas United States Senate election, 1992:

  • Bob Dole (R) (inc.) - 706,246 (62.70%)
  • Gloria O'Dell (D) - 349,525 (31.03%)
  • Christina Campbell-Cline - 45,423 (4.03%)
  • Mark B. Kirk - 25,253 (2.24%)

Iowa Republican presidential Straw Poll, 1995:

  • Bob Dole - 2,582 (24.38%)
  • Phil Gramm - 2,582 (24.38%)
  • Pat Buchanan - 1,922 (18.15%)
  • Lamar Alexander - 1,156 (10.91%)
  • Alan Keyes - 804 (7.59%)
  • Morry Taylor - 803 (7.58%)
  • Richard Lugar - 466 (4.40%)
  • Pete Wilson - 123 (1.16%)
  • Bob Dornan - 87 (0.82%)
  • Arlen Specter - 67 (0.63%)

1996 New Hampshire Republican Vice Presidential primary:

All candidates were running as write-in

  • Colin Powell - 6,414 (25.80%)
  • Alan Keres - 4,200 (16.90%)
  • Scattering - 2,631 (10.58%)
  • Lamar Alexander - 2,113 (8.50%)
  • Richard Lugar - 1,881 (7.57%)
  • Phil Gramm - 1,314 (5.29%)
  • Steve Forbes - 1,220 (4.91%)
  • Pat Buchanan - 1,115 (4.49%)
  • Jack Kemp - 970 (3.90%)
  • Bob Dole - 930 (3.74%)
  • Morry Taylor - 710 (2.86%)
  • Al Gore (inc.) - 654 (2.63%)
  • Bob Dornan - 401 (1.61%)
  • Ross Perot - 108 (0.43%)
  • Bill Clinton - 70 (0.28%)
  • Ralph Nader - 69 (0.28%)
  • Richard P. Bosa - 60 (0.24%)

Washington Presidential primary for independent voters, 1996:

  • Bill Clinton (D) (inc.) - 227,120 (51.08%)
  • Bob Dole (R) - 125,154 (28.15%)
  • Pat Buchanan (R) - 44,027 (9.90%)
  • Steve Forbes (R) - 28,618 (6.44%)
  • Alan Keyes (R) - 6,631 (1.49%)
  • Lamar Alexander (R) - 5,181 (1.17%)
  • Lyndon LaRouche (D) - 3,160 (0.71%)
  • Richard Lugar (R) - 2,009 (0.45%)
  • Phil Gramm (R) - 1,665 (0.37%)
  • Bob Dornan (R) - 1,054 (0.24%)

1996 Republican presidential primaries

  • Bob Dole - 9,024,742 (58.82%)
  • Pat Buchanan - 3,184,943 (20.76%)
  • Steve Forbes - 1,751,187 (11.41%)
  • Lamar Alexander - 495,590 (3.23%)
  • Alan Keyes - 471,716 (3.08%)
  • Richard Lugar - 127,111 (0.83%)
  • Unpledged delegates - 123,278 (0.80%)
  • Phil Gramm - 71,456 (0.47%)
  • Bob Dornan - 42,140 (0.28%)
  • Morry Taylor - 21,180 (0.14%)
  • Others - 18,261 (0.12%)

1996 Republican National Convention (Presidential tally):

  • Bob Dole - 1,928 (97.62%)
  • Pat Buchanan - 43 (2.18%)
  • Phil Gramm - 2 (0.10%)
  • Robert Bork - 1 (0.05%)
  • Alan Keyes - 1 (0.05%)

United States presidential election, 1996:

  • Bill Clinton/Al Gore (D) (inc.) - 47,402,357 (49.2%) and 379 electoral votes (70.45%, 31 states and D.C. carried)
  • Bob Dole/Jack Kemp (R) - 39,198,755 (40.7%) and 159 electoral votes (29.55%, 19 states carried)
  • Ross Perot/Pat Choate (Ref.) - 8,085,402 (8.4%)
  • Ralph Nader (Green) - 685,297 (0.7%)
  • Harry Browne/Jo Jorgensen (LBT) - 485,798 (0.5%)
  • Howard Phillips/Herbert Titus (Taxpayers) - 184,820 (0.2%)
  • John Hagelin/Michael Tompkins (Natural Law) - 113,670 (0.1%)
  • Others - 121,534 (0.1%)

Famous quotes containing the words bob dole, dole, bob, history and/or electoral:

    It was because of me. Rumors reached Inman that I had made a deal with Bob Dole whereby Dole would fill a paper sack full of doggie poo, set it on fire, put it on Inman’s porch, ring the doorbell, and then we would hide in the bushes and giggle when Inman came to stamp out the fire. I am not proud of this. But this is what we do in journalism.
    Roger Simon, U.S. syndicated columnist. Quoted in Newsweek, p. 15 (January 31, 1990)

    Sometimes I think we’re the only two lawyers in Washington who trust each other.
    —Elizabeth Dole (b. 1936)

    For all the boredom the straight life brings, it’s not too bad.
    Gus Van Sant, U.S. screenwriter and director, and Dan Yost. Bob Hughes (Matt Dillon)

    History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
    —E.L. (Edgar Lawrence)

    Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799–1850)