1956 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1956

← 1955 November 6, 1956;
September 10, 1956 (ME)
1957 →

30 state governorships (including 1 special election)
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 27 governorships 21 governorships
Seats before 27 21
Seats after 29 19
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2

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     Democratic gain      Democratic hold
     Republican gain      Republican hold

United States gubernatorial elections were held in 1956, in 30 states, concurrent with the House, Senate elections and presidential election, on November 6, 1956 (September 10 in Maine). The special election in Oregon was due to the death of incumbent governor Paul L. Patterson on January 31.[1]

This was the last time Colorado elected its governors to two year terms, switching to four years from the 1958 election.

Results[edit]

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Arizona Ernest W. McFarland Democratic Re-elected, 59.55% Horace B. Griffen (Republican) 40.45%
[2]
Arkansas Orval E. Faubus Democratic Re-elected, 80.65% Roy Mitchell (Republican) 19.35%
[3]
Colorado Edwin C. Johnson Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Stephen McNichols (Democratic) 51.34%
Donald G. Brotzman (Republican) 48.66%
[4]
Delaware J. Caleb Boggs Republican Re-elected, 51.95% J. H. T. McConnell (Democratic) 48.05%
[5]
Florida LeRoy Collins Democratic Re-elected, 73.69% William A. Washburne Jr. (Republican) 26.31%
[6]
Illinois William G. Stratton Republican Re-elected, 50.34% Richard B. Austin (Democratic) 49.48%
Edward C. Gross (Socialist Labor) 0.18%
[7]
Indiana George N. Craig Republican Term-limited, Republican victory Harold W. Handley (Republican) 55.61%
Ralph Tucker (Democratic) 43.98%
J. Ralston Miller (Prohibition) 0.35%
Merle N. Miller (Socialist Labor) 0.06%[8]
Iowa Leo A. Hoegh Republican Defeated, 48.78% Herschel C. Loveless (Democratic) 51.22%
[9]
Kansas Fred Hall Republican Defeated in Republican primary, Democratic victory George Docking (Democratic) 55.42%
Warren W. Shaw (Republican) 42.16%
Harry O. Lytle Jr. (Prohibition) 2.41%
[10]
Maine
(held, 10 September 1956)
Edmund S. Muskie Democratic Re-elected, 59.17% Willis A. Trafton (Republican) 40.83%
[11]
Massachusetts Christian Herter Republican Retired, Democratic victory Foster Furcolo (Democratic) 52.76%
Sumner G. Whittier (Republican) 46.87%
Henning A. Blomen (Socialist Labor) 0.25%
Mark R. Shaw (Prohibition) 0.12%
[12]
Michigan G. Mennen Williams Democratic Re-elected, 54.65% Albert E. Cobo (Republican) 45.13%
Alfred T. Halsted (Prohibition) 0.21%
[13]
Minnesota Orville Freeman Democratic-Farmer-Labor Re-elected, 51.41% Ancher Nelsen (Republican) 48.18%
Rudolph Gustafson (Industrial Government) 0.41%
[14]
Missouri Phil M. Donnelly Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory James T. Blair Jr. (Democratic) 52.07%
Lon Hocker (Republican) 47.93%
[15]
Montana J. Hugo Aronson Republican Re-elected, 51.37% Arnold Olsen (Democratic) 48.63%
[16]
Nebraska Victor E. Anderson Republican Re-elected, 54.28% Frank Sorrell (Democratic) 40.15%
George Morris (Independent) 5.56%
[17]
New Hampshire Lane Dwinell Republican Re-elected, 54.73% John Shaw (Democratic) 45.27%
[18]
New Mexico John F. Simms Democratic Defeated, 47.77% Edwin L. Mechem (Republican) 52,23%
[19]
North Carolina Luther H. Hodges Democratic Re-elected, 66.95% Kyle Hayes (Republican) 33.05%
[20]
North Dakota C. Norman Brunsdale Republican Retired, Republican victory John E. Davis (Republican) 58.46%
Wallace E. Warner (Democratic-NPL) 41.54%
[21]
Ohio Frank Lausche Democratic Retired to run for U.S. Senate, Republican victory C. William O'Neill (Republican) 56.04%
Michael V. DiSalle (Democratic) 43.96%
[22]
Oregon (special) Elmo Smith Republican Defeated, 49.48% Robert D. Holmes (Democratic) 50.52%
[23]
Rhode Island Dennis J. Roberts Democratic Re-elected, 50.09% Christopher Del Sesto (Republican) 49.91%
[24]
South Dakota Joe Foss Republican Re-elected, 54.39% Ralph Herseth (Democratic) 45.61%
[25]
Texas Allan Shivers Democratic Retired, Democratic victory M. Price Daniel (Democratic) 78.35%
William R. Bryant (Republican) 15.16%
W. Lee O'Daniel (write-in) (Independent) 6.39%
Scattering 0.11%
[26]
Utah J. Bracken Lee Republican Defeated in Republican primary, ran as an Independent, Republican victory George Dewey Clyde (Republican) 38.20%
L. C. "Rennie" Romney (Democratic) 33.43%
J. Bracken Lee (Independent) 28.37%
[27]
Vermont Joseph Blaine Johnson Republican Re-elected, 57.46% E. Frank Branon (Democratic) 42.53%
Scattering 0.01%
[28]
Washington Arthur B. Langlie Republican Retired to run for U.S. Senate, Democratic victory Albert Dean Rosellini (Democratic) 54.63%
Emmett T. Anderson (Republican) 45.00%
Henry Killman (Socialist Labor) 0.37%
[29]
West Virginia William C. Marland Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Cecil Underwood (Republican) 53.88%
Robert H. Mollohan (Democratic) 46.13%
[30]
Wisconsin Walter J. Kohler Jr. Republican Retired, Republican victory Vernon W. Thomson (Republican) 51.89%
William Proxmire (Democratic) 48.11%
Scattering 0.01%
[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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