1923 United States Senate special election in Minnesota

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United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 1923

← 1918 July 16, 1923 1924 →
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Nominee Magnus Johnson J. A. O. Preus
Party Farmer–Labor Republican
Popular vote 290,165 195,319
Percentage 57.48% 38.69%

U.S. Senator before election

Knute Nelson
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Magnus Johnson
Farmer–Labor

The 1923 United States Senate special election in Minnesota took place on July 16, 1923. The election was held to fill, for the remainder of the unexpired term, the seat in the United States Senate left vacant by Republican U.S. Senator Knute Nelson, who died in office on April 28, 1923. State Senator Magnus Johnson of the Farmer–Labor Party of Minnesota defeated Governor J. A. O. Preus of the Republican Party of Minnesota, and State Senator James A. Carley of the Minnesota Democratic Party, which, together with Henrik Shipstead's victory in 1922, brought both of Minnesota's seats in the United States Senate into the hands of the Farmer–Labor Party for the first time in history.

Johnson's victory marked the first time, since Morton S. Wilkinson took office in 1859, that neither of Minnesota's seats in the United States Senate were held by a Republican. It also marked the first time, since Wilkinson's assumption of the office, that the person holding Minnesota's Class 2 U.S. Senate seat was not a Republican, and Johnson became just the second non-Republican to ever hold that seat (the first being the Democrat James Shields, whose term of office ended when Wilkinson's began).

Special election[edit]

Results[edit]

Special election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Farmer–Labor Magnus Johnson 290,165 57.48%
Republican J. A. O. Preus 195,319 38.69%
Democratic James A. Carley 19,311 3.83%
Total votes 504,795 100.00%
Majority 94,846 18.79%
Farmer–Labor gain from Republican

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