United States Senate election in New York, 1980

United States Senate election in New York, 1980
New York (state)
November 4, 1980

Nominee Al D'Amato Elizabeth Holtzman Jacob K. Javits
Party Republican Democratic Liberal
Popular vote 2,699,652 2,618,661 664,544
Percentage 44.9% 43.5% 11.1%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jacob K. Javits

Elected U.S. Senator

Al D'Amato

The 1980 United States Senate election in New York was held on November 4, 1980. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits was defeated in the primary, and Republican Al D'Amato won the three way election.




New York Senate Democratic primary election, 1980[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth Holtzman 378,567 40.74
Democratic Bess Myerson 292,767 31.51
Democratic John Lindsay 146,815 15.80
Democratic John Santucci 36,770 11.96



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alfonse M D'Amato 323,468 55.68
Republican Jacob K. Javits 257,433 44.32
Total votes 580,901 100

Nominated: Al D'Amato, Presiding Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead


Javits's refusal to adjust politically to the rightward movement of his party as well as his 1979 diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) led to a primary challenge. Javits was defeated in the primary by Hempstead Presiding Supervisor Al D'Amato on September 9.

D'Amato, also running on the Conservative line, proceeded to defeat Democratic U.S. Representative Elizabeth Holtzman and Javits, who ran on the Liberal Party ticket. In the traditionally liberal state of New York, Javits split the Democratic vote with Holtzman to give D'Amato a close victory.[3]


General election results[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Alfonse D'Amato 2,272,082
Conservative Alfonse D'Amato 275,100
Right to Life Alfonse D'Amato 152,470
total Alfonse D'Amato 2,699,652 44.88
Democratic Elizabeth Holtzman 2,618,661 43.54
Liberal Jacob K. Javits (Incumbent) 664,544 11.05
Libertarian Richard Savadel 21,465 0.36
Communist William R. Scott 4,161 0.07
Workers World Thomas Soto 3,643 0.06
Socialist Workers Victor A. Nieto 2,715 0.045
Write-in votes 73 0.001
Majority 80,991 1.34
Turnout 6,014,914
Republican hold Swing


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