1952 Montana gubernatorial election

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1952 Montana gubernatorial election

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  J. Hugo Aronson.jpg John W. Bonner.jpg
Nominee J. Hugo Aronson John W. Bonner
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 134,423 129,369
Percentage 50.96% 49.04%

Governor before election

John W. Bonner

Elected Governor

J. Hugo Aronson

The 1952 Montana gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 1952. Incumbent Governor of Montana John W. Bonner, who was first elected governor in 1948, ran for re-election. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary and moved on to the general election, where he was opposed by J. Hugo Aronson, a State Senator and the Republican nominee. A close election ensued, with Aronson narrowly defeating Bonner to win the first of his two terms as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John W. Bonner (incumbent) 71,597 100.00
Total votes 71,597 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Hugo Aronson 56,391 72.02
Republican Leonard C. Young 21,904 27.98
Total votes 78,295 100.00

General election[edit]


Montana gubernatorial election, 1952[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican J. Hugo Aronson 134,423 50.96% +7.10%
Democratic John W. Bonner (incumbent) 129,369 49.04% -6.69%
Majority 5,504 1.92% -9.96%
Turnout 263,792
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ a b "Report of the Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election Held in the State of Montana, July 15, 1952" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-28. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Official Montana General Election Returns, November 4, 1952" (PDF). Montana Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2014.