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  WA US Senate - Blanket Primary
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Parents > United States > Washington > Senate Class I
OfficeSenate
Type Primary Election
Filing Deadline 00, 0000 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open September 15, 1970 - 09:00am Central
Polls Close September 15, 1970 - 10:00pm Central
Term Start January 03, 1971 - 12:00pm
Term End January 03, 1977 - 12:00pm
# Winners2
Turnout 9.96% Total Population
ContributorRalphie
Last ModifiedRBH January 16, 2009 11:28pm
Data Sources[Link]
Description
In this primary, incumbent Sen. Henry Jackson faced a tough in-party challenge from Spokane attorney Carl Maxey, a liberal Vietnam war opponent. Maxey largely agreed with Jackson's domestic policy, and had worked on Jackson's three previous Senate campaigns. However, as a Vietnam war opponent since the mid-1960s, Maxey sought to topple Jackson first as leader of the Washington Democratic Council (WDC), an organization of anti-war Democrats, and upon finding no suitable anti-war opponent he jumped in the race himself.

Maxey quickly grabbed news headlines through his rough-edged critique of Senator Jackson. He referred to Jackson as "a Napoleonic little senator" and claimed "leaving peace in the hands of Henry Jackson is like leaving a lion to guard the Sunday roast." His campaign began to take off after being endorsed by the King County Democratic Party, the most populous county in the state, and after the 1970 state convention held in Spokane enacted a left-wing anti-war, anti-draft platform.

Despite Maxey's support amongst the anti-war left and gaining notoriety for his campaign's public attacks, Jackson easily defeated him for the Democratic nomination in the September blanket primary. The primary format likely favoured Jackson, due to his strong support amongst crossover Republicans, but the wide margin clearly shows he won large majorities of both parties. Maxey's second place finish would not find him in the general election due to the blanket system of cho

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/03/1964
NameHenry M. "Scoop" Jackson Votes875,950 (72.21%)
Term01/03/1965 - 01/03/1971 Margin538,812 (+44.42%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/03/1970
NameHenry M. "Scoop" Jackson Votes879,385 (82.43%)
Term01/03/1971 - 01/03/1977 Margin708,595 (+66.42%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceWA US Senate 11/03/1970
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CANDIDATES (2 Winners)
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Name (I) Sen. Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson St. Sen. Charles W. Elicker Carl Maxey Howard S. Reed Robert J. "Big Bob" Odman William H. Davis Bill Patrick
PartyDemocratic Republican Democratic Republican Republican Republican Republican
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Uncertified Votes497,309 (73.18%) 33,262 (4.89%) 79,201 (11.65%) 22,293 (3.28%) 14,856 (2.19%) 11,207 (1.65%) 7,976 (1.17%)
Margin0 (0.00%) -464,047 (-68.28%) -418,108 (-61.52%) -475,016 (-69.90%) -482,453 (-70.99%) -486,102 (-71.53%) -489,333 (-72.00%)
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
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Name John "Hugo Frye" Patric Clarice L.R. "Tops" Privette  
PartyDemocratic Democratic  
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Uncertified Votes7,267 (1.07%) 6,240 (0.92%)  
Margin-490,042 (-72.11%) -491,069 (-72.26%)  
Predict Avg.0.00% 0.00%  
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