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1946 United States Senate election in Minnesota

The 1946 United States Senate election in Minnesota took place on November 5, 1946. It was the first election to either of Minnesota's seats in the United States Senate held since the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota merged in 1944, to form the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Incumbent U.S. Senator Henrik Shipstead was defeated in the Republican primary by Governor Edward John Thye, who went on to defeat DFL challenger Theodore Jorgenson in the general election.

1946 United States Senate election in Minnesota

← 1940 November 5, 1946 1952 →
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Nominee Edward J. Thye Theodore Jorgenson
Party Republican Democratic–Farmer–Labor
Popular vote 517,775 349,520
Percentage 58.92% 39.78%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Henrik Shipstead
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Edward J. Thye
Republican

Democratic–Farmer–Labor primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • Victor D. Engstrom
  • Theodore Jorgenson
  • Frank Patrick Ryan

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Theodore Jorgenson 58,047 50.41%
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Frank Patrick Ryan 41,278 35.85%
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Victor D. Engstrom 15,826 13.74%
Total votes 115,151 100.00%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Edward J. Thye 238,210 57.28%
Republican Henrik Shipstead (Incumbent) 160,619 38.62%
Republican John C. Peterson 10,710 2.57%
Republican W. F. Schilling 3,524 0.85%
Republican Carl Krause 2,821 0.68%
Total votes 415,884 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Edward J. Thye 517,775 58.92%
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Theodore Jorgenson 349,520 39.78%
Revolutionary Workers Grace Carlson 11,421 1.30%
Independent Henrik Shipstead (Incumbent) 15 0.00%
Total votes 878,731 100.00%
Majority 168,255 19.14%
Republican hold

See alsoEdit

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