1950 Connecticut gubernatorial election

The 1950 Connecticut gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1950. Republican nominee John Davis Lodge defeated Democratic incumbent Chester Bowles with 49.66% of the vote.

1950 Connecticut gubernatorial election

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  John Davis Lodge.jpg Chester Bowles (Connecticut Governor and Congressman).jpg
Nominee John Davis Lodge Chester Bowles
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 436,418 419,404
Percentage 49.66% 47.73%

1950 Connecticut gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Lodge:      50–60%      60–70%
Bowles:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Chester Bowles

Elected Governor

John Davis Lodge

This was the first gubernatorial election since the law was changed to have Connecticut's governors elected every four years, instead of every two years, as had been done previously. As a result, Lodge was the first Connecticut Governor to serve a four-year term.

General electionEdit


Major party candidates

  • John Davis Lodge, Republican
  • Chester Bowles, Democratic

Other candidates

  • Jasper McLevy, Socialist


1950 Connecticut gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Davis Lodge 436,418 49.66%
Democratic Chester Bowles (incumbent) 419,404 47.73%
Socialist Jasper McLevy 22,913 2.61%
Total votes 878,735 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ Cook, Rhodes (5 November 2013). America Votes 30: 2011-2012, Election Returns by State - Rhodes Cook. ISBN 9781452290171. Retrieved 2020-05-04.