1924 United States Senate election in South Dakota

The 1924 United States Senate election in South Dakota took place on November 4, 1924. Incumbent Senator Thomas Sterling ran for re-election to a third term, but he was defeated in the Republican primary by Governor William H. McMaster. In the general election, McMaster was opposed by attorney Ulysses Simpson Grant Cherry, the Democratic nominee, and several independent candidates. McMaster defeated his opponents by a wide margin, but fell far short of a majority, winning only 44% of the vote.

1924 United States Senate election in South Dakota

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Nominee William H. McMaster Ulysses Cherry
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 90,006 63,728
Percentage 44.13% 31.24%

 
Nominee Tom Ayres George W. Egan
Party Farmer–Labor Independent
Popular vote 20,952 14,484
Percentage 10.27% 7.10%

U.S. senator before election

Thomas Sterling
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

William H. McMaster
Republican

Democratic PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Ulysses Simpson Grant Cherry, Sioux Falls attorney,[1] 1920 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate
  • Mark P. Bates

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ulysses Simpson Grant Cherry 7,103 68.44%
Democratic Mark P. Bates 3,276 31.56%
Total votes 10,379 100.00%

Republican PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William H. McMaster 45,213 58.34%
Republican Thomas Sterling (inc.) 32,292 41.66%
Total votes 77,505 100.00%

Farmer–Labor PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Tom Ayres
  • Mark P. Bates

ResultsEdit

Farmer–Labor primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Farmer–Labor Tom Ayres 2,827 64.71%
Farmer–Labor Mark P. Bates 1,542 31.56%
Total votes 4,369 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1924 United States Senate election in South Dakota[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William H. McMaster 90,006 44.13% -10.94%
Democratic Ulysses Simpson Grant Cherry 63,728 31.24% -7.70%
Farmer–Labor Tom Ayres 20,952 10.27%
Independent George W. Egan 14,484 7.10%
Independent Mark P. Bates 8,442 4.14%
Independent C. H. Dillon 3,835 1.88%
Independent H. L. Loucks 1,378 0.68%
Independent Don Livingston 1,138 0.56%
Majority 26,278 12.88% -3.24%
Turnout 203,963 100.00%
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tingley, Ralph R. (1982). "The Crowded Field: Eight Men for the Senate". In Pressler, Larry (ed.). U.S. Senators from the Prairie. South Dakota Press. pp. 316–336. ISBN 9780882490335.
  2. ^ a b c d Nelson, Nelson; Heinrich, Chad W., eds. (2005). "Chapter 8: Elections". Legislative Manual: South Dakota, 2005. Pierre, S.D. p. 623.