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MS Campaign Records 1972-1978 18 boxes

Arranged chronologically according to each campaign, and then alphabetically within each campaign. Cohen was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November, 1972, defeating his Democratic opponent Elmer H. Violette. He won his seat in the House again in 1974 when he ran against Mark Gartley, and in 1976 when his opponent was Democrat Leighton Cooney. In 1978, he ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate, and defeated incumbent Democrat William D. Hathaway with 57 percent of the vote to Hathaway's 34 percent. Cohen's campaign chairman for all of his campaigns in the House and in the Senate was Lewis Vafiades, a lawyer from Bangor, Maine. Cohen considered running for the Senate in 1976 against Edmund Muskie, but decided against it, and information about that decision is included here. The bulk of this subseries consists of files from Cohen's campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1978. Records from this campaign, and from his campaigns of 1972, 1974, and 1976 include correspondence, interest group mailings, strategy papers, position papers, research reports and studies, and voting records and analyses. Campaign records are also found in the audiovisual series in the form of tapes and films of television commercials, interviews, and speeches. The photo and memorabilia series also contain campaign materials in the form of posters, bumper stickers, buttons, photographs, etc.

Access to some of the records in the Campaign series is restricted. See information at the subseries level. Consult the Special Collections Department for further information.

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