U.S. Senate, 1978 Election

Primary Independent-Republican

Date: September 12, 1978
Cycle: 1978
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Rudy Boschwitz Man Independent-Republican 185,393 86.81 +73.62
Harold E. Stassen Man Independent-Republican 28,170 13.19

Boschwitz was a former attorney from Plymouth, member of the Republican National Committee, and founder and operator of Plywood Minnesota, Inc.

Stassen was a former three-term governor (1939-1943), former President of the University of Pennsylvania (1948-1953), candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1959, candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1966, candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1982, nominee for the 4th CD in 1986, candidate for U.S. Senate in 1994, and candidate for president nine times.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1979-1980 (p. 473).