1925 United States Senate special election in Wisconsin

The 1925 United States Senate election in Wisconsin was held on September 29, 1925 to complete the unexpired term of U.S. Senator Robert La Follette, who died on June 18.

1925 United States Senate special election in Wisconsin

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Nominee Robert La Follette Jr. Edward F. Dithmar
Party Republican Independent Republican
Popular vote 237,719 91,318
Percentage 67.51% 25.93%

U.S. senator before election

Robert M. La Follette
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Robert M. La Follette Jr.
Republican

The seat was won by La Follette's son and personal secretary, Robert M. La Follette Jr. over mostly Republican opposition. He defeated three candidates in the Republican primary and overcame a challenge from fellow Republican Edward F. Dithmar, running on a "Coolidge & Dawes Platform" ticket.

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

1925 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert M. La Follette Jr. 178,031 55.86%
Republican Roy P. Wilcox 81,834 25.68%
Republican Daniel C. Woodward 40,366 12.67%
Republican Francis E. McGovern 18,478 5.80%
Total votes 318,709 100.00%

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Willam G. Bruce, former chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Party
  • Rogers

ResultsEdit

1925 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William G. Bruce 7,393 95.07%
Democratic Rogers 383 4.93%
Total votes 7,776 100.00%

Socialist primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • John M. Work, candidate for Governor of Iowa in 1903 and 1910

ResultsEdit

1925 Socialist U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Socialist John M. Work 5,950 100.00%
Total votes 5,950 100.00%

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • John M. Work, candidate for Governor of Iowa in 1903 and 1910 (Socialist)
  • Robert M. La Follette Jr., son of late Senator La Follette (Republican)
  • Edward F. Dithmar, former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (Independent Republican)
  • George Bauman (Socialist Labor)
  • William G. Bruce, former chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Party (Independent Democratic)

ResultsEdit

1925 U.S. Senate election in Wisconsin[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert La Follette Jr. 237,719 67.51%  13.16
Independent Republican Edward F. Dithmar 91,318 25.93% N/A
Socialist John M. Work 11,130 3.16% N/A
Independent Democratic William G. Bruce 10,743 3.05%  0.18
Socialist Labor George Bauman 795 0.23%  0.12
Write-in 430 0.12%
Total votes 352,135 100.00%
Republican hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1927" (PDF). p. 500. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1927" (PDF). p. 579. Retrieved June 17, 2021.