1948 United States Senate election in South Dakota

The 1948 United States Senate election in South Dakota took place on November 2, 1948. Incumbent Republican Senator Harlan J. Bushfield, suffering from poor health, declined to run for re-election. On September 27, 1948, he died in office; his wife, Vera C. Bushfield, was appointed to succeed him. Congressman Karl E. Mundt easily won the Republican primary and advanced to the general election, where he was opposed by Democratic nominee John A. Engel, an attorney. Hundt defeated Engel in a landslide.

1948 United States Senate election in South Dakota

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Nominee Karl E. Mundt John A. Engel
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 144,084 98,749
Percentage 59.33% 40.67%

U.S. senator before election

Vera C. Bushfield
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Karl E. Mundt
Republican

Democratic PrimaryEdit

John A. Engel, an attorney from Avon,[1] was the only Democratic candidate to file for the U.S. Senate and he won the nomination unopposed, thereby removing it from the primary election ballot.[2]

Republican PrimaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karl E. Mundt 65,595 84.51%
Republican Otto B. Lindstad 12,022 15.49%
Total votes 77,617 100.00%

General electionEdit

ResultsEdit

1948 United States Senate election in South Dakota[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Karl E. Mundt 144,084 59.33% +0.59%
Democratic John A. Engel 98,749 40.67% -0.59%
Majority 45,335 18.67% +1.19%
Turnout 242,833 100.00%
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Engel To Seek U.S. Senate Seat". The Huronite and the Daily Plainsman. Huron, S.D. April 15, 1948. p. 2. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Three Major Contests in S. D. Party Primary". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, S.D. May 3, 1948. p. 6. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "Statehouse Republicans Say Mickelson Might Seek Senate". Argus Leader. Sioux Falls, S.D. January 23, 1948. p. 1. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Nelson, Nelson; Heinrich, Chad W., eds. (2005). "Chapter 8: Elections". Legislative Manual: South Dakota, 2005. Pierre, S.D. p. 631.