1954 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1954

← 1953 November 2, 1954;
September 13, 1954 (ME)
1955 →

34 state governorships (including 1 special election)
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 19 governorships 29 governorships
Seats before 19 29
Seats after 27 21
Seat change Increase8 Decrease8

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  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Republican holds
  Republican pickups

United States gubernatorial elections were held in 1954, in 34 states, concurrent with the House and Senate elections, on November 2, 1954 (September 13 in Maine). The special election in Florida was due to the death of incumbent governor Daniel T. McCarty on September 28, 1953.

In Tennessee, the governor was elected to a four-year term for the first time, instead of a two-year term.[1]

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama Gordon Persons Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory James E. Folsom Sr. (Democratic) 73.37%
Tom Abernathy (Republican) 26.63%
[2]
Arizona John Howard Pyle Republican Defeated, 47.49% Ernest W. McFarland (Democratic) 52.51%
[3]
Arkansas Francis Cherry Democratic Defeated in Democratic primary, Democratic victory Orval E. Faubus (Democratic) 62.09%
Pratt C. Remmel (Republican) 37.89%
Scattering 0.02%
[4]
California Goodwin J. Knight Republican Re-elected, 56.83% Richard P. Graves (Democratic) 43.16%
Scattering 0.01%
[5]
Colorado Daniel I. J. Thornton Republican Retired, Democratic victory Edwin Carl Johnson (Democratic) 53.56%
Donald G. Brotzman (Republican) 46.44%
[6]
Connecticut John Davis Lodge Republican Defeated, 49.16% Abraham A. Ribicoff (Democratic) 49.50%
Jasper McLevy (Socialist) 1.19%
Vivien Kellems (Independent Republican) (write-in) 0.15%
[7]
Florida (special) Charley Eugene Johns Democratic Defeated in Democratic primary, Democratic victory LeRoy Collins (Democratic) 80.43%
J. Thomas Watson[8] (Republican) 19.52%
Scattering 0.05%
[9]
Georgia Herman Talmadge Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Marvin Griffin (Democratic) 99.98%
Scattering 0.02%
[10]
(Democratic primary results)
Marvin Griffin 36.32% (302)
Melvin E. Thompson 25.07% (56)
Tom Linder 13.50% (26)
Fred Hand 12.09% (22)
Charlie Gowen 11.42% (4)
Grace Wilkey Thomas 0.97%
Ben Garland 0.44%
[11]
Idaho Leonard B. Jordan Republican Term-limited, Republican victory Robert E. Smylie (Republican) 54.24%
Clark Hamilton (Democratic) 45.76%
[12]
Iowa William S. Beardsley Republican Retired, Republican victory Leo A. Hoegh (Republican) 51.37%
Clyde E. Herring (Democratic) 48.35%
Howard H. Tyler (Independent) 0.28%
[13]
Kansas Edward F. Arn Republican Retired, Republican victory Fred Hall (Republican) 52.98%
George Docking (Democratic) 45.97%
Chester A. Roberts (Prohibiton) 0.89%
W. W. Tamplin (Socialist) 0.16%
[14]
Maine
(held, 13 September 1954)
Burton M. Cross Republican Defeated, 45.51% Edmund S. Muskie (Democratic) 54.49%
[15]
Maryland Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin Republican Re-elected, 54.46% Harold Clifton Byrd (Democratic) 45.55%
[16]
Massachusetts Christian A. Herter Republican Re-elected, 51.76% Robert F. Murphy (Democratic) 47.80%
Lawrence Gilfedder (Socialist Labor) 0.30%
Guy S. Williams (Prohibition) 0.14%
[17]
Michigan G. Mennen Williams Democratic Re-elected, 55.62% Donald S. Leonard (Republican) 44.05%
Earle Harold Munn (Prohibiton) 0.27%
Theos A. Grove (Socialist Labor) 0.05%
Frank Lovell (Socialist Workers) 0.03%
[18]
Minnesota Clyde Elmer Anderson Republican Defeated, 46.80% Orville Freeman (Democratic Farmer-Labor) 52.73%
Ross P. Schelin (Industrial Government) 0.47%
[19]
Nebraska Robert B. Crosby Republican Retired to run for U.S. Senate, Republican victory Victor E. Anderson (Republican) 60.28%
William Ritchie (Democratic) 39.72%
[20]
Nevada Charles H. Russell Republican Re-elected, 53.10% Vail M. Pittman (Democratic) 46.90%
[21]
New Hampshire Hugh Gregg Republican Retired, Republican victory Lane Dwinell (Republican) 55.12%
John Shaw (Democratic) 44.88%
[22]
New Mexico Edwin L. Mechem Republican Retired to run for U.S. Senate, Democratic victory John F. Simms (Democratic) 57.01%
Alvin Stockton (Republican) 42.99%
[23]
New York Thomas E. Dewey Republican Retired, Democratic victory W. Averell Harriman (Democratic) 49.61%
Irving M. Ives (Republican) 49.40%
John T. McManus (American Labor) 0.91%
David L. Weiss (Socialist Workers) 0.05%
Nathan Karp (Industrial Government) 0.03%
[24]
North Dakota C. Norman Brunsdale Republican Re-elected, 64.21% Cornelius Bymers (Democratic) 35.79%
[25]
Ohio Frank J. Lausche Democratic Re-elected, 54.10% James A. Rhodes (Republican) 45.91%
[26]
Oklahoma Johnston Murray Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Raymond Gary (Democratic) 58.67%
Reuben K. Sparks (Republican) 41.34%
[27]
Oregon Paul L. Patterson Republican Re-elected, 56.91% Joseph K. Carson (Democratic) 43.09%
[28]
Pennsylvania John S. Fine Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory George M. Leader (Democratic) 53.66%
Lloyd H. Wood (Republican) 46.15%
Henry Beitscher (Progressive) 0.12%
Louis Dirle (Socialist Labor) 0.07%
[29]
Rhode Island Dennis J. Roberts Democratic Re-elected, 57.69% Dean J. Lewis (Republican) 41.72%
Arthur E. Marley (Independent) 0.59%
[30]
South Carolina James Francis Byrnes Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory George Bell Timmerman Jr. (Democratic) unopposed
[31]
(Democratic primary results)
George Bell Timmerman Jr. 61.34%
Lester L. Bates 38.66%
[32]
South Dakota Sigurd Anderson Republican Term-limited, Republican victory Joe Foss (Republican) 56.67%
Ed C. Martin (Democratic) 43.33%
[33]
Tennessee Frank G. Clement Democratic Re-elected, 87.20% John Randolph Neal Jr. (Independent) 12.27%
W. E. Michel (Republican) 0.53%
Scattering 0.01%
[34]
(Democratic primary results)
Frank G. Clement 68.17%
Gordon W. Browning 27.61%
Raulston Schoolfield 4.23%
[35]
Texas Allan Shivers Democratic Re-elected, 89.42% Tod R. Adams (Republican) 10.39%
Scattering 0.19%
[36]
Vermont Lee E. Emerson Republican Retired, Republican victory Joseph Blaine Johnson (Republican) 52.27%
E. Frank Branon (Democratic) 47.70%
Scattering 0.02%
[37]
Wisconsin Walter J. Kohler Jr. Republican Re-elected, 51.45% William Proxmire (Democratic) 48.40%
Arthur Wepfer (Socialist Labor) 0.15%
[38]
Wyoming Clifford Joy Rogers Republican Defeated in Republican primary, Republican victory Milward L. Simpson (Republican) 50.50%
William "Scotty" Jack (Democratic) 49.50%
[39]

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