Wayne Morse, of Eugene, defeated Douglas McKay with 54.2% of the vote and bucked the strong showing by Eisenhower in the state. McKay had been Governor of Oregon and had resigned to take a Cabinet position in the Eisenhower administration.
Paul Patterson, the Governor who had died in January, had been President of the Senate under McKay and was his successor.
Morse continued in the Senate until 1968 when he was defeated by Bob Packwood. Packwood’s successor, in turn, is Ron Wyden. 1968 was a good Republican year in Oregon with two of the Democrats elected to statewide office being defeated in re-election bids.
Source of data: Oregon Secretary of State, Abstract of Votes, 1956.