1908 South Dakota gubernatorial election

The 1908 South Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1908. Incumbent Republican Governor Coe I. Crawford opted to run for the U.S. Senate rather than run for re-election. State Senator Robert S. Vessey narrowly won the Republican primary over former State Representative John L. Browne and advanced to the general election, where he faced the Democratic nominee, former Governor Andrew E. Lee. Though Vessey's performance was significantly reduced from Crawford's performance in 1906, he still defeated Lee by a wide margin.

1908 South Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Robert S. Vessey Andrew E. Lee
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 62,989 44,876
Percentage 55.28% 39.39%

Governor before election

Coe I. Crawford
Republican

Elected Governor

Robert S. Vessey
Republican

Primary electionsEdit

Primary elections were held on June 9, 1908.

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andrew E. Lee 7,567 100.00%
Total votes 7,657 100.00%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert S. Vessey 32,024 50.93%
Republican John L. Browne 30,860 49.07%
Total votes 62,884 100.00%

Socialist primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • J. C. Knapp

ResultsEdit

Socialist primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Socialist J. C. Knapp 451 100.00%
Total votes 451 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1908 South Dakota gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert S. Vessey 62,989 55.34% -9.97%
Democratic Andrew E. Lee 44,876 39.39% +12.68%
Prohibition G. F. Knappen 3,536 3.11% -1.45%
Socialist J. C. Knapp 2,542 2.15% -1.25%
Majority 18,113 15.95% -22.65%
Turnout 113,943 100.00%
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Nelson, Nelson; Heinrich, Chad W., eds. (2005). "Chapter 8: Elections". Legislative Manual: South Dakota, 2005. Pierre, S.D. p. 631.
  2. ^ "John L. Browne". South Dakota Legislature. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Robert S. Vessey". South Dakota Legislature. Retrieved 8 November 2020.