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A Narrow Victory

Key Pittman
Library of Congress

In 1913 Key Pittman of Nevada won his Senate seat by an uncomfortably narrow margin, besting the next candidate by only 89 votes in the popular election. He won his seat by attracting only 7,942 votes overall, at that point the smallest number of votes by which a U.S. Senate candidate had ever gained office. Pittman went on to serve 27 years in the Senate.


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