United States Senate elections, 1896

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United States Senate elections, 1896
United States
1894 ←
1896
→ 1898

30 of the 90 seats in the United States Senate
45 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
 
Party Republican Democratic Silver Republican
Last election 42 seats 39 seats New Party
Seats before 44 40 0
Seats won 43 33 5
Seat change Decrease 1 Decrease 7 Increase 5

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Populist Silver
Last election 4 seats 2 seats
Seats before 4 2
Seats won 5 2
Seat change Increase 1 Steady

Majority Party before election

Republican

Elected Majority Party

Republican

Senate composition by State, 55th Congress

The United States Senate election of 1896 was an election in which the Democratic Party lost six seats in the United States Senate, mostly to smaller third parties.

As this election was prior to ratification of the seventeenth amendment, Senators were chosen by State legislatures.

Results

55th Congress, 1897-1899

  • Majority Party: Republican (43)
  • Minority Party: Democratic (33)
  • Other Parties: Populist (5); Silver (5); Silver Republican (2)
  • Total Seats: 90
  • Vacant: 2, later filled by 1 Republican and 1 Democrat.

Change in Senate composition

Before the elections
D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
S P P P P D D D D D
S
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R
In the next Congress
D D D D V
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D D
D D D D D D D D D P
r r r r S S P P P P
r
R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R R R R R R R
R R R R V
Key:
D = Democratic
P = Populist
R = Republican
r = Silver Republican
S = Silver
V = Vacant
Majority
divider

See also

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