1948 Georgia gubernatorial special election

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1948 Georgia gubernatorial special election

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Nominee Herman Talmadge
Party Democratic
Popular vote 354,711
Percentage 97.51%

Governor before election

Melvin E. Thompson
Democratic

Elected Governor

Herman Talmadge
Democratic

The 1948 Georgia gubernatorial special election was held on November 2, 1948. The election was held as ordered by the Supreme Court of Georgia's decision in 1947 declaring Melvin E. Thompson governor in the wake of The Three Governors Controversy.[1] Herman Talmadge, the son of the winner of the 1946 election, the late Eugene Talmadge,[2] defeated Governor Thompson in the Democratic primary by a margin of 51.8% to 45.1% with three other candidates getting 3.1% of the vote [3][1] and then proceeded to win the general election with 97.51% of the vote.

General election results[edit]

Georgia gubernatorial special election, 1948[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Herman Talmadge 354,711 97.51%
Independent Morgan Blake 8,017 2.20%
Independent James Barfoot 665 0.18%
Independent Melvin E. Thompson 324 0.09%
N/A write-ins 46 0.01%
Majority 346,694 95.31%
Turnout 363,763
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Melvin E. Thompson (1903-1980)". New Georgia Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ "Herman Talmadge (1913-2002)". New Georgia Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA Governor - Special D Primary Race - Sep 08, 1948". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA Governor - Special Election Race - Nov 02, 1948". www.ourcampaigns.com.