1959 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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1959 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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  Bert-Combs.jpg John M. Robsion (Kentucky Congressman).jpg
Nominee Bert Combs John M. Robsion Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 516,549 336,456
Percentage 60.56% 39.44%

Governor before election

Happy Chandler
Democratic

Elected Governor

Bert Combs
Democratic

The 1959 Kentucky gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1959. Democratic nominee Bert Combs defeated Republican nominee John M. Robsion Jr. with 60.56% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on May 25, 1959.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bert Combs 292,462 52.25
Democratic Harry Lee Waterfield 259,461 46.36
Democratic Jesse N. R. Cecil 4,303 0.77
Democratic James L. Delk 3,474 0.62
Total votes 559,700 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John M. Robsion Jr. 63,130 86.31
Republican Thurman Jerome Hamlin 6,019 8.23
Republican Granville Thomas 3,991 5.46
Total votes 73,140 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Bert Combs, Democratic
  • John M. Robsion Jr., Republican

Results[edit]

1959 Kentucky gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bert Combs 516,549 60.56%
Republican John M. Robsion Jr. 336,456 39.44%
Majority 180,093
Turnout 853,005
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Guide to U.S. elections - CQ Press, Congressional Quarterly, inc". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  2. ^ "America Votes 31: 2013-2014, Election Returns by State - Rhodes Cook". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.