ⓘ 1975 United States Senate elections

                                     

ⓘ 1975 United States Senate elections

As a last option to the disputed 1974 election, John A. Durkin petitioned the Senate, which had a 60-vote Democratic majority, to review the case, based on the Constitutional provision that each house of Congress is the final arbiter of elections to that body.

January 13, 1975, the day before the New Congress convened, the rules Committee tried unsuccessfully to resolve this issue. Consists of five Democrats and three Republicans, the rules Committee deadlock 4-4 on the offer of seat Wyman pending further review. Democrat James Allen voted with the Republicans on grounds that Wyman had presented proper credentials.

The Senate is in full force proceeded to trial on January 14, with Wyman and Durkin sitting at separate tables in the back of the camera. Soon, the case was returned to the rules Committee, which created a special team to study the 3.500 questionable ballots that had been sent to Washington. Following this review, the rules Committee sent the report of the 35 controversial issues in the elections to the Senate, which spent the next six weeks debating the issue, but resolved only one of the 35 points in dispute. Republicans successfully piracy meeting Durkin.

Before the impasse with the August recess approaching, the newspaper "Washington Post" published an editorial on July 28, saying that it would be "surprising" if the Senate was to "go on vacation for a month without a new case of the Hampshire Senate election." The post suggested that Wyman and Durkin should try to reach some agreement to settle this issue. At the suggestion of Louis Wyman wrote to Durkin that day, urging him to support the new, extraordinary elections. Durkin initially refused but then on July 29, reversed his earlier position and announced a new Hampshire television audience his intention to agree to new elections. The next morning, July 30, he reported this change in Democratic leadership, thus relieving the Senate from further discussion of this topic.

Later that same day, the Senate voted 71-21 to declare the seat vacant as of August 8. Governor Thompson this time appointed the former Senator Norris cotton to take the place temporarily. After new Hampshire has arranged to hold a special election.

A special election was held on 16 September 1975. Wide media coverage has led to record turnout gave the election Durkin 27.000-vote margin.

                                     
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