1930 United States Senate election in South Dakota

The 1930 United States Senate election in South Dakota took place on November 4, 1930. Incumbent Republican Senator William H. McMaster ran for re-election to a second term. After beating back a challenge in the Republican primary from former State Senator George J. Danforth, McMaster faced Democratic nominee William J. Bulow, the incumbent Governor, in the general election. As the Democratic Party performed well nationwide, Bulow narrowly defeated McMaster.

1930 United States Senate election in South Dakota

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Nominee William J. Bulow William H. McMaster
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 106,317 99,595
Percentage 51.63% 48.37%

U.S. senator before election

William H. McMaster
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

William J. Bulow
Democratic

Democratic PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William J. Bulow 16,520 73.88%
Democratic James McNamara 5,840 26.12%
Total votes 22,360 100.00%

Republican PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William H. McMaster (inc.) 64,331 55.92%
Republican George J. Danforth 50,717 44.08%
Total votes 115,048 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1930 United States Senate election in South Dakota[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William J. Bulow 106,317 51.63% +20.39%
Republican William H. McMaster (inc.) 99,595 48.37% +4.24%
Majority 6,722 3.26% -9.62%
Turnout 205,912
Democratic gain from Republican

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anti-Bulow Demos Gather: McNamara, Davenport And Everson Believed Likely Material For Senate Race". Evening Huronite. Huron, S.D. March 17, 1930. p. 1. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Nelson, Nelson; Heinrich, Chad W., eds. (2005). "Chapter 8: Elections". Legislative Manual: South Dakota, 2005. Pierre, S.D. p. 627.
  3. ^ "Danforth Announces Candidacy for Senate Nomination: Sioux Falls Man Issues Official Statement Today". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, S.D. February 11, 1930. p. 1. Retrieved June 10, 2021.