The 1974 U.S. Senate election in North Dakota was held November 5, 1974. The incumbent, Republican Senator Milton Young, sought and received re-election to his sixth term, defeating North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party candidate William L. Guy, a former Governor of North Dakota.
Only Young filed as a Republican, and the endorsed Democratic candidate was William L. Guy of Bismarck, North Dakota, who had served as Governor of the state from 1961 to 1973; and had presumably left the office to seek the senate seat. Young and Guy won the primary elections for their respective parties. Guy, who was very popular as governor throughout the state, and Young, who had a high approval rating as senator for the state, created the closest ever election for one of North Dakota's senate seats. Young won the election by only 177 votes, and Guy retired from politics.
Two independent candidates, James R. Jungroth and Kenneth C. Gardner, also filed before the deadline. Jungroth's platform was based on his opposition to strip mining the state's coal reserves. Gardner would later run for the state's other seat in 1988 against then incumbent Quentin Burdick.
|Republican||Milton R. Young||114,852||48.45%|
|Democratic||William L. Guy||114,675||48.37%|
|Independent||James R. Jungroth||6,679||2.82%|
|Independent||Kenneth C. Gardiner||853||0.36%|
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