1916 Montana gubernatorial election

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Montana gubernatorial election, 1916

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Nominee Sam V. Stewart Frank J. Edwards Lewis J. Duncan
Party Democratic Republican Socialist
Popular vote 85,683 76,547 11,342
Percentage 49.36% 44.10% 6.53%

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County Results


Stewart:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%
Edwards:      40–50%      50–60%



Governor before election

Sam V. Stewart
Democratic

Elected Governor

Sam V. Stewart
Democratic

The 1916 Montana gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 1916. Incumbent Governor of Montana Sam V. Stewart, who was first elected governor in 1912, ran for re-election. After comfortably winning the Democratic primary, he advanced to the general election, where he faced Frank J. Edwards, the former Mayor of Helena, who narrowly emerged victorious in a close Republican primary. Benefitting from then-President Woodrow Wilson's landslide victory in Montana in the presidential election that year, Stewart narrowly won re-election to his second and final term as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Party primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sam V. Stewart (inc.) 28,185 70.46
Democratic Miles Romney, Sr. 11,816 29.54
Total votes 40,001 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank J. Edwards 13,933 28.36
Republican E. H. Cooney 10,425 21.22
Republican Albert J. Galen 9,554 19.45
Republican Charles S. Henderson 6,014 12.24
Republican Walter B. Sands 4,639 9.44
Republican E. A. Gerhart 3,102 6.31
Republican I. A. Leighton 1,461 2.97
Total votes 49,128 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Montana gubernatorial election, 1916[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sam V. Stewart (inc.) 85,683 49.36% +17.55%
Republican Frank J. Edwards 76,547 44.10% +15.33%
Socialist Lewis J. Duncan 11,342 6.53% -9.22%
Majority 9,136 5.26% +2.22%
Turnout 173,572
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stout, Tom (1921). Montana, Its Story and Biography: A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Montana and Three Decades of Statehood. American Historical Society. p. 538.
  2. ^ a b "Report of Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election, Held in the State of Montana, August 29, A. D., 1916" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Bates, James Leonard (1999). Senator Thomas J. Walsh: Law and Public Affairs, from TR to FDR. University of Illinois Press. p. 45.
  4. ^ Fitzgerald Sanders, Helen (1913). A History of Montana, Volume 2. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 974.
  5. ^ "Attorney Generals of the State of Montana". Montana Association of Counties. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Official Vote of the State of Montana at an Election Held November 7th, 1916" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 16, 2014.