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Durenberger Wins Re-election To U.S. Senate

November 9, 1988

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Republican Dave Durenberger won re-election to the U.S. Senate Tuesday by turning back Democratic challenger Hubert H. Humphrey III, son of the former senator and vice president.

Democrat Michael Dukakis beat out Vice President George Bush for Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes. With 51 percent of the precincts in, Dukakis had 535,133 votes, or 56 percent, and Bush had 413,206 votes, or 44 percent.

Durenberger, a 54-year-old two-term Senator, had 517,998 votes, or 54 percent, and Humphrey had 402,497 votes, or 42 percent. Polly Mann, 68, running under the Progressive Issues banner, had 32,324 votes, or 3 percent.

Humphrey, 46, Minnesota’s attorney general since 1983, was seeking to regain the Senate seat which long had been held by his late father, Hubert H. Humphrey, and briefly by his mother, Muriel.

The campaign was dominated by an expensive ad war that grew increasingly negative until the last two weeks, when both candidates pulled back attack ads apparently in the face of voter resentment.

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