1944 United States Senate elections in Indiana

The 1944 United States Senate elections in Indiana took place on November 7, 1944.

1944 United States Senate election in Indiana

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Nominee Homer Capehart Henry F. Schricker
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 829,489 807,766
Percentage 50.23% 48.91%

U.S. senator before election

Samuel D. Jackson
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Homer Capehart
Republican

In January 1944, Democratic Senator Frederick Van Nuys died in office in January with one year remaining on his term in office. Governor Henry F. Schricker appointed Samuel D. Jackson to finish Van Nuys's term until a successor could be duly elected. Jackson did not run in either the special election to complete Van Nuys's term or the regularly scheduled election for the new term beginning January 1945.

Republicans won both elections. The special election was won by William E. Jenner, who served from November 18 until January 3. In the general election, Republican businessman Homer E. Capehart defeated Governor Schricker. Capehart went on to serve three terms in office.

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

1944 United States Senate election in Indiana[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Homer Capehart 829,489 50.23%  0.71
Democratic Henry F. Schricker 807,766 48.91%  0.94
Prohibition Lester N. Abel 12,213 0.74%  0.30
Socialist Marid B. Tomish 1,917 0.12%  0.01
Total votes 1,651,385 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

Special electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

1944 United States Senate special election in Indiana[3][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican William E. Jenner 844,303 52.11%  2.59
Democratic Cornelius O'Brien 775,417 47.14%  2.71
Prohibition Carl W. Thompson 12,349 0.75%  0.31
Total votes 1,632,069 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - IN US Senate Race - Nov 07, 1944".
  2. ^ a b Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (1 Mar 1945). "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 7, 1944" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 16.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - IN US Senate Race - Special Election - Nov 07, 1944".