1946 United States Senate elections in California

The 1946 United States Senate elections in California was held on November 5, 1946.

1946 United States Senate election in California
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  William F. Knowland headshot.jpg Will Rogers, Jr.JPG
Nominee William F. Knowland Will Rogers Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,428,067 1,167,161
Percentage 54.10% 44.22%

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County results
Knowland:      40–50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%
Rogers:      50–60%

U.S. senator before election

William F. Knowland
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

William F. Knowland
Republican

Republican Senator Hiram Johnson died in office in August 1945. Governor Earl Warren appointed U.S. Army Major and former State Senator William F. Knowland to finish Johnson's term until a successor could be duly elected. Knowland won the special election to complete Johnson's term and won the regularly scheduled 1946 election over U.S. Representative Will Rogers Jr., both held on November 5.

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • William F. Knowland, incumbent Senator since 1945

ResultsEdit

1946 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) 514,667 64.80%
Democratic Will Rogers Jr. (cross-filing) 203,436 25.61%
Democratic Ellis E. Patterson (cross-filing) 76,151 9.59%
Total votes 794,254 100.00

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

1946 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Will Rogers Jr. 501,634 47.45%
Democratic Ellis Patterson 286,812 27.13%
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) (cross-filing) 226,182 21.40%
Democratic Wayne McFarland 17,774 1.68%
Democratic John S. Crowder 17,156 1.62%
Democratic Adam C. Derkum 7,578 0.72%
Total votes 1,057,136 100.00

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) 1,428,067 54.10%
Democratic Will Rogers Jr. 1,167,161 44.22%
Prohibition Douglas Corrigan 42,683 1.62%
Socialist Labor Herbert Steiner (write-in) 156 0.01%
Write-in All others 1,398 0.05%
Total votes 2,639,465 100.00%

Special electionEdit

In a simultaneous special election for the remainder of Johnson's term, Knowland won easily. Notably, no candidates were listed on the ballot. Each vote was a write-in, making Knowland technically the first ever write-in candidate elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1954, Strom Thurmond became the first candidate to win a Senate election by write-in where another candidate was actually listed on the ballot.

ResultsEdit

1946 U.S. Senate special election in California[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Write-in William F. Knowland (inc.) 425,273 74.31%
Write-in Will Rogers Jr. 90,723 15.85%
Write-in George H. McLain 17,883 3.13%
Write-in Ellis E. Patterson 3,889 0.68%
Write-in Douglas Corrigan 2,464 0.43%
Write-in Vic Paulsen 1,616 0.28%
Write-in Moody Staten 1,494 0.26%
Write-in Hartley F. Peart 1,383 0.24%
Write-in George C. Highley 1,268 0.22%
Write-in James Moran 918 0.16%
Write-in Ben Rinaldo 765 0.13%
Write-in Aubrey D. Lewis 519 0.09%
Write-in Frank Merriam 507 0.09%
Write-in All others 23,619 4.13%
Total votes 572,321 100.00%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA US Senate Special". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.