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ⓘ 1908 United States Senate election in Washington




1908 United States Senate election in Washington
                                     

ⓘ 1908 United States Senate election in Washington

The United States Senate elections of 1908 and 1909, some states elected their senators directly even before passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913. Oregon pioneered direct election and experimented with different measures over several years until it succeeded in 1907. Soon after, Nebraska followed suit and laid the foundation for other states to adopt measures reflecting the peoples will. By 1912, as many as 29 states elected senators either as nominees of their partys primary or in conjunction with a general election. The Republicans lost two seats overall.