1948 United States Senate election in Nebraska

The 1948 United States Senate election in Nebraska took place on November 2, 1948. Senate Majority Whip Kenneth S. Wherry was re-elected to a second term, defeating former Representative Terry Carpenter. He won by a larger margin than 1942, due to the absence of a third party candidate. Wherry overperformed Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey by 2.55%, who won the state with 54.15% in the presidential election.

1948 United States Senate election in Nebraska

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  Kenneth Wherry, Repub. Nat'l. Committeeman from Nebraska, April 1940 LCCN2016877363.jpg Terry Carpenter (Nebraska Congressman).jpg
Nominee Kenneth S. Wherry Terry Carpenter
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 267,575 204,320
Percentage 56.67% 43.27%

1948 United States Senate election in Nebraska results map by county.svg
County results
Wherry:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Carpenter:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. senator before election

Kenneth S. Wherry
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Kenneth S. Wherry
Republican

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Terry Carpenter 43,034 55.50
Democratic Albin T. Anderson 26,233 33.83
Democratic George W. Olsen 8,274 10.67
Democratic Scattering 2 0.00
Total votes 77,543 100

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

  • Joseph B. Bovey, member of the Lincoln Board of Education[3]
  • Kenneth S. Wherry, the incumbent Senator

ResultsEdit

Republican primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kenneth S. Wherry (Incumbent) 134,479 83.53
Republican Joseph B. Bovey 26,468 16.44
Republican Scattering 49 0.03
Total votes 160,996 100

ResultsEdit

1948 United States Senate election in Nebraska[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kenneth S. Wherry (Incumbent) 267,575 56.67 +7.70
Democratic Terry Carpenter 204,320 43.27 +21.24
N/A Scattering 261 0.06 N/A
Majority 63,255 13.40 -6.93
Turnout 472,156
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Albin Theodore Anderson, 1911-1996". History Nebraska. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska (primary election). Available at: https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/previous-elections
  3. ^ "Obituary for J.B. Bovey (Aged 78)". Lincoln Journal Star. 30 May 1984. p. 25.
  4. ^ Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska (general election). Available at: https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/previous-elections