United States elections, 1970

Partisan control of Congress and the presidency
Previous party
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President Republican Republican
House Democratic Democratic
Senate Democratic Democratic

The 1970 United States elections were held on November 3, and elected the members of the 92nd United States Congress. The election took place during the Vietnam War, in the middle of Republican President Richard Nixon's first term. Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew campaigned heavily for Republican candidates, with Nixon encouraging voters to "show their displeasure with violent dissenters by voting the Republican ticket on election day."[1] However, the Democratic Party retained its Senate majority and increased its majority in the House.

In the House of Representatives, the Democrats picked up twelve seats at the expense of the Republican Party.[2]

In the Senate, Republicans picked up two seats and James L. Buckley won election as a member of the Conservative Party of New York. As of 2016, Buckley is the most recently-elected third party member of Congress, although several independents have since won election to Congress.[3]

See also


  1. "1970 Election, Nixon's Nominations". United Press International. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  2. "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1970" (PDF). U.S. House of Reps, Office of the Clerk. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. Joe Lieberman won re-election in 2006 on the Connecticut for Lieberman party line, but this transient party was created only after Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination and Lieberman served in the Senate as an independent Democrat.
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