1920 United States Senate election in North Dakota

The 1920 United States Senate election in North Dakota took place on November 2, 1920. Incumbent Senator Republican Senator Asle Gronna ran for re-election to a third term. However, he was narrowly defeated in the Republican primary by Edwin F. Ladd, the President of the North Dakota Agricultural College, who had been endorsed by the Nonpartisan League.[1] In the general election, Ladd was opposed by H. H. Perry, the Democratic nominee and a Democratic National Committeeman. As Republican presidential nominee Warren G. Harding overwhelmingly won North Dakota over Democratic nominee James M. Cox, Ladd also staked out a wide victory—though his margin of victory was not as large as Harding's.

1920 United States Senate election in North Dakota

← 1914 November 2, 1920 1926 (special) →
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Nominee Edwin F. Ladd H. H. Perry
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 130,614 88,495
Percentage 59.61% 40.39%

U.S. senator before election

Asle Gronna
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Edwin F. Ladd
Republican

Democratic PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • H. H. Perry, Democratic National Committeeman[2]

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic H. H. Perry 8,238 100.00%
Total votes 8,238 100.00%

Republican PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Edwin F. Ladd 54,957 49.26%
Republican Asle Gronna (inc.) 51,142 45.84%
Republican Frank White 5,477 4.91%
Total votes 111,576 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1920 United States Senate election in North Dakota[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Edwin F. Ladd 130,614 59.61% +3.80%
Democratic H. H. Perry 88,495 40.39% +6.44%
Majority 42,119 19.22% -2.64%
Turnout 219,109
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Entire State Ticket Picked by Townleyites". Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, N.D. May 15, 1920. p. 2. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "W. E. Green Will Be Democratic Convention Man". Bismarck Tribune. Bismarck, N.D. February 5, 1920. p. 1. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Primary Election 06-30-1920" (PDF). Secretary of State of North Dakota. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  4. ^ "PGeneral Election 11-02-1920" (PDF). Secretary of State of North Dakota. Retrieved June 19, 2021.