United States Senate election in Nevada, 1986

United States Senate election in Nevada, 1986

November 4, 1986

Nominee Harry Reid Jim Santini
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 130,955 116,606
Percentage 50.0% 44.5%

U.S. Senator before election

Paul Laxalt

Elected U.S. Senator

Harry Reid

The 1986 United States Senate election in Nevada was held on November 4, 1986. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt decided to retire instead of seeking a third term. U.S. Representative Democratic nominee Harry Reid won the open seat.[1]

Major candidates




General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Harry Reid 130,955 50.00% +12.61%
Republican Jim Santini 116,606 44.52% -14.01%
None of These Candidates 9,472 3.62% +2.33%
Libertarian Kent Cromwell 4,899 1.87% -0.94%
Majority 14,349 5.48% -15.66%
Turnout 261,932
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

See also


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