1956 Arkansas gubernatorial election

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1956 Arkansas gubernatorial election

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Nominee Orval Faubus Roy Mitchell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 321,797 77,215
Percentage 80.65% 19.35%

Arkansas Governor Election Results by County, 1956.svg
County Results
Faubus:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%

Governor before election

Orval Faubus
Democratic

Elected Governor

Orval Faubus
Democratic

The 1956 Arkansas gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1956.

Incumbent Democratic Governor Orval Faubus won election to a second term, defeating Republican nominee Roy Mitchell with 80.65% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on July 31, 1956. By winning over 50% of the vote, Faubus avoided a run-off which would have been held on August 14, 1956.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Orval Faubus 180,760 58.08
Democratic James D. Johnson 83,856 26.94
Democratic Jim Snoddy 43,630 14.02
Democratic S. K. Prosser 1,653 0.53
Democratic Ben F. Pippin 1,328 0.43
Total votes 311,227 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

1956 Arkansas gubernatorial election[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Orval Faubus 321,797 80.65%
Republican Roy Mitchell 77,215 19.35%
Majority 244,582 61.30%
Turnout 399,012 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arkansas". Voting Information. Washington D.C.: Prepared by Office of Armed Forces Information & Education, Department of Defense. March 1956. p. 82. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Politics Springs A Trap". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, OK. 30 July 1956. p. 27. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Arkansas Tech University - James R. Snoddy". ATU Alumni & Friends. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  4. ^ "AR Governor, 1956 - D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  5. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 100.
  6. ^ "AR Governor, 1956". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  7. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 42.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gubernatorial Elections, 1787-1997. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. 1998. ISBN 1-56802-396-0.