1942 United States Senate election in Minnesota

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United States Senate election in Minnesota, 1942

← 1942 (Special) November 3, 1942 1948 →
  JosephBall.jpg Elmer Austin Benson.jpg
Nominee Joseph H. Ball Elmer A. Benson
Party Republican Farmer–Labor
Popular vote 356,297 213,965
Percentage 46.98% 28.21%

 
Nominee Martin A. Nelson Ed Murphy
Party Independent Democratic
Popular vote 109,226 78,959
Percentage 14.40% 10.41%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Joseph H. Ball
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Joseph H. Ball
Republican

The 1942 United States Senate election in Minnesota took place on November 3, 1942. Incumbent Republican Joseph H. Ball, who had been temporarily appointed by Governor Harold Stassen in 1940 to fill the seat of the deceased Farmer–Labor U.S. Senator Ernest Lundeen, defeated Farmer–Labor former U.S. Senator and former Governor Elmer Benson, independent candidate Martin A. Nelson, and Democratic nominee Ed Murphy, to win election to the full six-year term beginning in January 1943. A special election held on the same date elected Republican nominee Arthur E. Nelson to serve the remainder of Lundeen's unexpired term.

Farmer–Labor primary[edit]

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Results[edit]

Farmer–Labor primary election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Farmer–Labor Elmer A. Benson 66,051 59.14%
Farmer–Labor Mrs. Ernest Lundeen 24,019 21.50%
Farmer–Labor Henry Arens 17,163 15.37%
Farmer–Labor Herbert L. Millington 4,453 3.99%
Total votes 111,686 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph H. Ball (Incumbent) 198,733 51.93%
Republican Walter K. Mickelson 111,834 29.22%
Republican Henry J. Soltau 53,138 13.88%
Republican Harson A. Northrop 19,027 4.97%
Total votes 382,732 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph H. Ball (Incumbent) 356,297 46.98%
Farmer–Labor Elmer A. Benson 213,965 28.21%
Independent Martin A. Nelson 109,226 14.40%
Democratic Ed Murphy 78,959 10.41%
Total votes 758,447 100.00%
Majority 142,332 18.77%
Republican hold

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