1910 South Dakota gubernatorial election

The 1910 South Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1910. Incumbent Republican Governor Robert S. Vessey ran for re-election to a second term. He faced two serious competitors in the Republican primary: colorful disbarred attorney George W. Egan and former Governor Samuel H. Elrod, and won the primary only with a narrow plurality. In the general election, he faced Democratic nominee Chauncey L. Wood, the Mayor of Rapid City. He improved on his margin from 1908, defeating Wood in a landslide.

1910 South Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Robert S. Vessey Chauncey L. Wood
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 61,744 37,983
Percentage 58.35% 35.90%

Governor before election

Robert S. Vessey
Republican

Elected Governor

Robert S. Vessey
Republican

Primary electionsEdit

Primary elections were held on June 7, 1910.

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chauncey L. Wood 6,181 100.00%
Total votes 6,181 100.00%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert S. Vessey (inc.) 26,372 38.70%
Republican George W. Egan 21,446 31.47%
Republican Samuel H. Elrod 20,335 29.84%
Total votes 68,153 100.00%

Prohibition primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • O. W. Butterfield

ResultsEdit

Prohibition primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Prohibition O. W. Butterfield 687 100.00
Total votes 687 100.00

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Chauncey L. Wood, Democratic
  • Robert S. Vessey, Republican
  • O. W. Butterfield, Prohibition
  • M. G. Opsahl, Independent

ResultsEdit

1910 South Dakota gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert S. Vessey (inc.) 61,744 58.35% +3.01%
Democratic Chauncey L. Wood 37,983 35.90% -3.50%
Prohibition O. W. Butterfield 4,506 4.26% +1.15%
Independent M. G. Opsahl 1,579 1.49%
Majority 23,761 22.46% +6.51%
Turnout 105,812 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Democratic Candidate: Chauncey L. Wood May be a Democratic Candidate for the Gubernatorial Nomination". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, S.D. February 26, 1910. p. 2. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Nelson, Nelson; Heinrich, Chad W., eds. (2005). "Chapter 8: Elections". Legislative Manual: South Dakota, 2005. Pierre, S.D. p. 631.
  3. ^ "Man of troubles". Madison Daily Leader. Madison, S.D. April 15, 1910. p. 2. Retrieved November 8, 2020.