1926 United States Senate election in South Dakota

The 1920 United States Senate election in South Dakota took place on November 2, 1926. Incumbent Republican Senator Peter Norbeck ran for re-election to a second term. In the Republican primary, he faced former State Senator George J. Danforth, who had the support of Governor Carl Gunderson in an intra-party split between Norbeck and Gunderson.[1] Norbeck defeated Danforth by a wide margin, and then faced former State Representative Charles J. Gunderson in the general election. Norbeck defeated Gunderson in a landslide to win re-election.

1926 United States Senate election in South Dakota

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Nominee Peter Norbeck Charles J. Gunderson Howard Platt
Party Republican Democratic Farmer–Labor
Popular vote 105,756 59,128 12,797
Percentage 59.52 33.28% 7.20%

U.S. senator before election

Peter Norbeck
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Peter Norbeck
Republican

Democratic PrimaryEdit

Former State Representative Charles J. Gunderson[2] won the Democratic nomination unopposed.[3]

Republican PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Peter Norbeck, incumbent U.S. Senator
  • George J. Danforth, former State Senator[4]

ResultsEdit

Republican primary[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Peter Norbeck (inc.) 52,937 68.56%
Republican George J. Danforth 24,271 31.44%
Total votes 77,208 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1920 United States Senate election in South Dakota[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Norbeck (inc.) 105,756 59.52% +9.42%
Democratic Carl J. Gunderson 59,128 33.28% +13.28%
Farmer–Labor Howard Platt 12,797 7.20%
Majority 46,628 26.24% +0.20%
Turnout 177,681
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Governor Continues at Wheel After Year of Stormy Driving". Lead Daily Call. Lead, S.D. January 2, 1926. p. 1, 3. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Charles J. Gunderson". Historical Listing. South Dakota Legislature Legislative Research Council. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "Incomplete Returns Show Four Gundersons Running for Offices". Lead Daily Call. Lead, S.D. December 26, 1925. p. 1. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  4. ^ "George Johnathan Danforth". Historical Listing. South Dakota Legislature Legislative Research Council. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Nelson, Nelson; Heinrich, Chad W., eds. (2005). "Chapter 8: Elections". Legislative Manual: South Dakota, 2005. Pierre, S.D. p. 626.