U.S. Senate, 1958 Election


Date: November 4, 1958
Cycle: 1958
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Eugene J. McCarthy Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 608,847 52.95 +6.37
Edward J. Thye Incumbent Man Republican 535,629 46.58
William M. Curran Man Socialist Workers 5,407 0.47

Senator Thye became the seventh incumbent U.S. Senator to lose reelection joining Democrat James Shields in 1859, Democrat Charles Towne in 1901, Republican Moses Clapp in 1916, Republican Frank Kellogg in 1922, Republican Henrik Shipstead in 1946, and Republican Joseph Ball in 1948.

McCarthy was a resident of St. Paul, former high school teacher and college professor, and sitting U.S. Representative (CD 04, 1949-1959).

Curran was a welder from Minneapolis. Curran was nominated by petition.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1959-1960 (p. 456).