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Parents > United States > Illinois > Senate Class II
OfficeSenate
TypeRepublican Primary Election
Filing Deadline March 01, 1984 - 12:00pm
Polls Open March 20, 1984 - 06:00am
Polls Close March 20, 1984 - 11:00pm
Term Start January 03, 1985 - 12:00pm
Term End January 03, 1991 - 12:00pm
Turnout 5.72% Total Population
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifiedChronicler September 27, 2006 08:40pm
Data SourcesIL Board of Elections Vote Total Book Primary 1984 P. 21
Description
Senator Percy attracted a notable primary opponent in 1984. The Illinois primary was the first in the nation that year, and it was one of a very few with a significant primary challenge against an incumbent Republican Senator.

Percy's reputation as a moderate Republican played into the decision of U.S. Rep. Thomas Corcoran to oppose him. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Percy had worked with Arab leaders in the Middle East to try to improve the lot of the Palestinian people. Sen Percy was also a leader of the effort to sell AWAC planes to Saudi Arabia. Percy was also a supporter of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

Corcoran's campaign consisted of three criticisms of Percy. His first attack was on the issue of Percy's contacts with Arab leaders. Corcoran charged Percy with being "Israel's most powerful adversary in the Senate" in an effort to gain the support of Jewish Republicans. Second, the National Pro-Life PAC mailed a flyer which showed that on issues surrounding abortion, Percy voted more with Ted Kennedy than he did with Corcoran or most Republicans. Third, near the end of the primary campaign, Corcoran charged Percy with only supporting Pres. Reagan's intitiatives when it was politically convenient.

Percy worked hard in early 1984 to defeat Corcoran. He would not repeat his 1978 re-election campaign, in which his political advisors used polls to convince him that he was headed for an easy victory, and his paucity of serious campaigning nearl

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyRepublican Won11/07/1978
NameCharles Harting Percy Votes1,698,711 (53.34%)
Term01/03/1979 - 01/03/1985 Margin250,524 (+7.87%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/06/1984
NamePaul M. Simon Votes2,397,303 (50.07%)
Term01/03/1985 - 01/03/1991 Margin89,264 (+1.86%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceIL US Senate 11/06/1984
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Name (I) Sen. Charles Harting Percy Rep. Thomas J. Corcoran John E. Roche V. A. Kelley Richard J. Castic (W) Others  
PartyRepublican Republican Republican Republican Republican Republican  
Uncertified Votes387,865 (59.30%) 239,847 (36.67%) 13,533 (2.07%) 9,236 (1.41%) 3,607 (0.55%) 45 (0.01%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -148,018 (-22.63%) -374,332 (-57.23%) -378,629 (-57.88%) -384,258 (-58.74%) -387,820 (-59.29%)  
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