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Scoop’s Landslides

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Politics & Government

One of the most popular politicians Washington ever produced was Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, the so-called Senator from Boeing.  He garnered more votes during his long career in the other Washington than anyone in state history before him.

Jackson was born in Everett on May 31, 1912.  He was only 28 years old when he started his congressional career in 1940, winning election as a representative from his home district.  After six terms in the House, Democrat Jackson defeated incumbent Republican Senator Harry P. Cain in 1952, and was off on an unbroken string of landslides.  He won 82% of the ballots in 1970, and topped one million votes received six years later.  Even as the state population grew and vote totals increased, no challenger ever won as many votes in opposition to Jackson as Cain had done in that first election.

On the national level, Jackson became a leading figure in the Senate and was outspoken in international affairs.  He was even considered by many pundits as the early favorite for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, but his run stalled when former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter emerged as the darkest of horses in that spring’s primary season.  He died in Everett 8 months into his 6th term as senator on Sep 1, 1983.  He was remembered for his efforts to keep America strong economically and geopolitically.  He was also known for bipartisan cooperation. President Ronald Reagan eulogized him as “one of the greatest lawmakers of our century.”


Year Votes for
Jackson (D)
% Contender (R) Votes for
1952 595,288 56 Harry P. Cain 460,884 44
1958  597,040 67 Bill Bantz 278,271 31
1964 875,950 72 Lloyd J. Andrews 337,138 28
1970 879,385 82 Charles W. Elicker 170,790 16
1976 1,071,219 75 George M. Brown 361,546 25
1982 943,655 69 Doug Jewett 332,273 24

PHOTO of a 1982 Scoop Jackson yard sign © Steve Campion.
PHOTO of Sen. Jackson in the public domain.


One Response to “Scoop’s Landslides”

  1. Mark Says:

    Thanks, Steve! I love political history. Even though I grew up in Oregon (with memories of Packwood / Hatfield), I do remember Scoop and Maggie; a couple of powerhouses, good at “bringing it home” for the Pacific Northwest.