1948 United States Senate election in Montana

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United States Senate election in Montana, 1948

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Nominee James E. Murray Tom J. Davis
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 125,193 94,458
Percentage 56.65% 42.74%

U.S. Senator before election

James E. Murray
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

James E. Murray
Democratic

The 1948 United States Senate election in Montana took place on November 2, 1948. Incumbent United States Senator James E. Murray, who was first elected to the Senate in a special election in 1934 and was re-elected in 1936 and 1942, ran for re-election. After winning the Democratic primary, he faced Tom J. Davis, an attorney and the Republican nominee, in the general election. Following a narrow re-election in 1936, Murray significantly expanded his margin of victory and comfortably won re-election over Davis, resulting in him winning his fourth term and his third full term in the Senate.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James E. Murray (inc.) 62,658 81.63%
Democratic Harry J. McGregor 14,104 18.37%
Total votes 76,762 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom J. Davis 31,897 55.98%
Republican Wellington D. Rankin 25,083 44.02%
Total votes 56,980 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Montana, 1948[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic James E. Murray (inc.) 125,193 56.65% +7.58%
Republican Tom S. Davis 94,458 42.74% -5.62%
Prohibition C. S. Hanna 1,352 0.61%
Majority 30,735 13.91% +13.20%
Turnout 221,003
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Report of the Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election Held in the State of Montana, July 20, 1948" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-28. Retrieved July 2, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 2, 1948" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved July 2, 2014.