1896 Minnesota gubernatorial election

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1896 Minnesota gubernatorial election

← 1894 November 3, 1896 1898 →
  DavidClough.jpg John Lind.jpg
Nominee David Marston Clough John Lind
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 165,806 162,254
Percentage 49.17% 48.11%

County Results

Governor before election

David Marston Clough

Elected Governor

David Marston Clough

The 1896 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 3, 1896. Republican Party of Minnesota incumbent David Marston Clough narrowly defeated Democratic Party of Minnesota challenger John Lind. Lind later won the 1898 gubernatorial election and became the first Democrat elected to the office of Governor of Minnesota since Henry Hastings Sibley left office in 1860. 1896 was the first of three successive elections in which Lind ran for governor at the head of a coalition consisting of the Democratic Party and the majority faction of the People's Party.


1896 Gubernatorial Election, Minnesota
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican David Marston Clough 165,806 49.17% -0.77%
Democratic-People's John Lind 162,254 48.11% +30.02%
Prohibition William J. Dean 5,154 1.53% -0.77%
Independent A. A. Ames 2,890 0.86% n/a
Socialist Labor William B. Hammond 1,125 0.33% n/a
Majority 3,552 1.06%
Turnout 337,229
Republican hold Swing

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