1924 Montana gubernatorial election

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Montana gubernatorial election, 1924

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  John Erickson.jpg Joseph M. Dixon.jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee John E. Erickson Joseph M. Dixon Frank J. Edwards
Party Democratic Republican Farmer–Labor
Popular vote 88,801 74,126 10,666
Percentage 51.02% 42.59% 6.13%

Governor before election

Joseph M. Dixon

Elected Governor

John E. Erickson

The 1924 Montana gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 1924. Incumbent Governor of Montana Joseph M. Dixon, who was first elected governor in 1920, ran for re-election. Dixon won a competitive Republican primary, and moved on to the general election, where he faced John E. Erickson, a former district court judge and the Democratic nominee; and Frank J. Edwards, the 1916 Republican nominee for governor and the Farmer–Labor Party nominee. Ultimately, Erickson managed to defeat Dixon in his bid for re-election, winning what would be the first of three terms as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John E. Erickson 13,914 35.13
Democratic Roy E. Ayers 9,268 23.40
Democratic Miles Romney, Sr. 6,554 16.55
Democratic I. G. Denny 6,340 16.01
Democratic Sam J. Hampton 3,533 8.92
Total votes 39,609 100.00

Farmer–Labor Party primary[edit]



Farmer–Labor Party Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Farmer–Labor Frank J. Edwards 2,636 100.00
Total votes 2,636 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph M. Dixon (inc.) 40,388 55.70
Republican Lee Dennis 32,118 44.30
Total votes 72,506 100.00

General election[edit]


Montana gubernatorial election, 1924[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John E. Erickson 88,801 51.02% +10.75%
Republican Joseph M. Dixon (inc.) 74,126 42.59% -17.16%
Farmer–Labor Frank J. Edwards 10,666 6.13%
Socialist J. H. Matheson 466 0.27%
Majority 14,675 8.43% -11.05%
Turnout 174,059
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ a b c "Report of the Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election, Held in the State of Montana, Aug. 26 A.D. 1924". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Official Abstract of Votes Cast at the General Election Held in Montana, Nov. 4, 1924". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 6, 2014.