After having been elected to Congress from Idaho's Second Congressional District in 1960 by a record vote, and re-elected in 1962, Democrat Ralph Harding was defeated in 1964 by Republican George Hansen in the face of a national Democratic landslide. The objective of this thesis was to analyze the Harding-Hanson contest and attempt to identify the factors which produced the Hansen victory. The methodology employed in this analysis included library research, a comprehensive survey of newspapers serving the Second District which covered the congressional race, correspondence and interviews with candidates, campaign managers and other involved individuals and groups, a grass-roots questionnaire among District voters, a questionnaire to Mormon Stake Presidents and Bishops in the District, and interviews with six Mormon Stake Presidents in the District.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Political Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hansen, Dean Maurice, "An Analysis of the 1964 Idaho Second Congressional District Election Campaign" (1967). Theses and Dissertations. 4752.
Election districts, Idaho, Elections, Idaho