1946 Alabama gubernatorial election

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Alabama gubernatorial election, 1946

← 1942 November 5, 1946 1950 →
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Nominee Jim Folsom Lyman Ward
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 174,962 22,362
Percentage 88.67% 11.33%

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County results
Folsom:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
     80–90%      >90%

Governor before election

Chauncey Sparks
Democratic

Elected Governor

Jim Folsom
Democratic

The 1946 Alabama gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1946, to elect the Governor of Alabama. Incumbent Democrat Chauncey Sparks was term-limited, and could not seek a second consecutive term.

Democratic primary[edit]

At the time this election took place, Alabama, as with most other southern states, was solidly Democratic, and the Republican Party had such diminished influence that the Democratic primary was the de facto contest for state offices.

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Alabama Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1946[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Folsom 103,174 28.46
Democratic Leven H. Ellis 88,459 24.40
Democratic Joe N. Poole 70,925 19.56
Democratic Elbert Boozer 58,134 16.04
Democratic Gordon Persons 41,851 11.54
Total votes 362,543 100.00

Runoff[edit]

As no candidate received a majority of votes, a runoff election was held.

Alabama Democratic gubernatorial primary runoff, 1946[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Folsom 205,168 58.74
Democratic Leven H. Ellis 144,126 41.26
Total votes 349,294 100.00

Results[edit]

Alabama gubernatorial election, 1946[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Folsom 174,962 88.67
Republican Lyman Ward 22,362 11.33
Total votes 197,324 100.00
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AL Governor D Primary 1946". Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "AL Governor D Primary Runoff 1946". Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "AL Governor 1946". Retrieved October 17, 2016.