U.S. Senate, 1982 Election


Date: November 2, 1982
Cycle: 1982
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Dave Durenberger Incumbent Man Independent-Republican 949,207 52.60 +6.03
Mark Dayton Man Democratic-Farmer-Labor 840,401 46.57
Bill Onasch Man Socialist Workers 5,897 0.33
Fred G. Hewitt Man Libertarian 5,870 0.33
Jeffrey M. Miller Man New Union 3,300 0.18

Senator Durenberg was reelected to a second term. He was the first Republican to win reelection to the U.S. Senate since Edward J. Thye in 1952.

Dayton was a resident of Minneapolis, former legislative aide to U.S. Senator Walter Mondale, former aide to Governor Rudy Perpich, and Minnesota Department of Economic Development Commissioner.

Onasch was a machine operator for Litton Microwave Cooking from St. Paul. Onasch was nominated by petition.

Hewitt was a staff scientist for Sperry Univac from Eagan and nominee for U.S. Senate in 1978's special election. Hewitt was nominated by petition.

Miller was a self-employed groundskeeper from Minneapolis, New Union nominee for the 5th CD in 1980, and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1984. Miller was nominated by petition.


  • Minnesota Election Results 1982, Election Division, Secretary of State (p. 25).