1952 Iowa Senate election

The 1952 Iowa State Senate elections took place as part of the biennial 1952 United States elections. Iowa voters elected state senators in 30 of the state senate's 50 districts. State senators serve four-year terms in the Iowa State Senate.

1952 Iowa Senate election
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30 out of 50 seats in the Iowa State Senate
26 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
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Dem
Leader Leo Elthon A. E. Augustine
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat 41st
(retired)
14th
(lost re-election)
Last election 41 9
Seats after 46 4
Seat change Increase5 Decrease5

Majority Leader before election

Leo Elthon
Republican

Elected Majority Leader

Ralph Zastrow
Republican

A statewide map of the 50 state Senate districts in the year 1952 is provided by the Iowa General Assembly here.

The primary election on June 2, 1952 determined which candidates appeared on the November 4, 1952 general election ballot.[1][2]

Following the previous election, Republicans had control of the Iowa state Senate with 41 seats to Democrats' 9 seats.

To claim control of the chamber from Republicans, the Democrats needed to net 17 Senate seats.

Republicans maintained control of the Iowa State Senate following the 1952 general election with the balance of power shifting to Republicans holding 46 seats and Democrats having 4 seats (a net gain of 5 seats for Republicans).

Summary of ResultsEdit

  • Note: The 20 holdover Senators not up for re-election are not listed on this table.[3]
State Senate District Incumbent Party Elected Senator Party
2nd Alden Loring Doud Rep Charles W. Nelson Rep
3rd Sherman West Dem Ted D. Clark Rep
4th Ray Fletcher Rep William C. Stuart Rep
5th Xavier Thomas Prentis Rep Xavier Thomas Prentis Rep
6th Ernest L. Humbert Rep Thomas C. Larson Rep
8th Oscar N. Hultman Rep Henry W. Washburn Rep
11th Loyd Van Patten Rep George Donald Bellman Rep
14th Albert Earl Augustine Dem Charles Emory Stewart Rep
15th Francis M. Roberts Dem Leon N. Miller Dem
16th Raymond R. Gillespie Dem Lorin B. Sayre Rep
17th Glenn Edwin Whitehead Rep Glenn Edwin Whitehead Rep
19th De Vere Watson Rep De Vere Watson Rep
22nd Otto H. Henningsen Rep Erwin A. Schoening Rep
23rd John Milton Tudor Rep David Earl Elijah Rep
24th Jans T. "J. T." Dykhouse Rep Jans T. "J. T." Dykhouse Rep
25th Leroy Samuel Mercer Dem Daniel Clifford "D. C." Nolan Rep
26th Frank C. Byers Rep Frank C. Byers Rep
27th Paul E. McCarville Rep Henry Emil Heideman Rep
28th Warren Eldon Walter Rep Warren Eldon Walter Rep
31st John R. Hattery Rep Janious G. Lucas Rep
32nd Charles S. Van Eaton Rep Charles S. Van Eaton Rep
33rd Donald Alexander Risk Rep Donald Alexander Risk Rep
36th Fern Eugene Sharp Rep Art J. Johnson Rep
39th J. Kendall Lynes Rep J. Kendall Lynes Rep
40th Arthur H. Jacobson Rep George Lindsey Scott Rep
41st Leo Elthon Rep Jacob Grimstead Rep
43rd Herman M. Knudson Rep Herman M. Knudson Rep
46th Edward S. Parker Rep Laurence M. Boothby Rep
47th Harry E. Watson Rep Harry E. Watson Rep
49th Burl Nelson Ridout Dem Duane E. Dewel Rep

Source:[4]

Detailed ResultsEdit

  • NOTE: The 20 districts that did not hold elections in 1952 are not listed here.

District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 8District 11District 14District 15District 16District 17District 19District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 31District 32District 33District 36District 39District 40District 41District 43District 46District 47District 49

  • Note: If a district does not list a primary, then that district did not have a competitive primary (i.e., there may have only been one candidate file for that district).[5]

District 2Edit

Iowa Senate, District 2 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles W. Nelson 1,988 41.3
Republican Walter E. Williams 1,450 30.2
Republican Roy W. Hinson 1,373 28.5
Total votes 4,811 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 2 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles W. Nelson 9,360 100.0
Total votes 9,360 100.0
Republican hold

District 3Edit

Iowa Senate, District 3 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ted D. Clark 8,049 54.7
Democratic Sherman West (incumbent) 6,655 45.3
Total votes 14,704 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

District 4Edit

Iowa Senate, District 4 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican W. C. Stuart 8,059 100.0
Total votes 8,059 100.0
Republican hold

District 5Edit

Iowa Senate, District 5 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican X. T. Prentis (incumbent) 3,298 52.5
Republican John E. Young 2,985 47.5
Total votes 6,283 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 5 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican X. T. Prentis (incumbent) 12,638 100.0
Total votes 12,638 100.0
Republican hold

District 6Edit

Iowa Senate, District 6 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas C. Larson 2,065 Unreported
Republican Ralph C. Jones Unreported Unreported
Total votes Unreported 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 6 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas C. Larson 7,457 100.0
Total votes 7,457 100.0
Republican hold

District 8Edit

Iowa Senate, District 8 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry W. Washburn 9,445 70.5
Democratic Herbert R. Patterson 3,950 29.5
Total votes 13,395 100.0
Republican hold

District 11Edit

Iowa Senate, District 11 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican G. D. Bellman 2,995 58.3
Republican Fred Stiffler 2,145 41.7
Total votes 5,140 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 11 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican G. D. Bellman 9,030 100.0
Total votes 9,030 100.0
Republican hold

District 14Edit

Iowa Senate, District 14 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican C. Emory Stewart 6,036 56.1
Democratic A. E. Augustine (incumbent) 4,721 43.9
Total votes 10,757 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

District 15Edit

Iowa Senate, District 15 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican A. M. Wilson 1,602 55.6
Republican C. R. Sandifer 1,279 44.4
Total votes 2,881 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 15 Democratic Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leon N. Miller 959 52.9
Democratic Frank L. Bell 853 47.1
Total votes 1,812 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 15 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leon N. Miller 9,415 54.1
Republican A. M. Wilson 7,999 45.9
Total votes 17,414 100.0
Democratic hold

District 16Edit

Iowa Senate, District 16 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lorin B. Sayre 7,214 52.9
Democratic Raymond R. Gillespie (incumbent) 6,429 47.1
Total votes 13,643 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

District 17Edit

Iowa Senate, District 17 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican G. E. Whitehead (incumbent) 3,760 58.1
Republican Raymond L. Pollock 2,712 41.9
Total votes 6,472 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 17 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican G. E. Whitehead (incumbent) 16,022 100.0
Total votes 16,022 100.0
Republican hold

District 19Edit

Iowa Senate, District 19 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican DeVere Watson (incumbent) 17,815 59.5
Democratic James F. Leslie 12,126 40.5
Total votes 29,941 100.0
Republican hold

District 22Edit

Iowa Senate, District 22 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Erwin Schoening 1,908 50.1
Republican Leo P. McEleney 1,897 49.9
Total votes 3,805 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 22 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Erwin Schoening 14,642 64.7
Democratic John M. Yackshaw 7,994 35.3
Total votes 22,636 100.0
Republican hold

District 23Edit

Iowa Senate, District 23 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Earl Elijah 2,883 43.2
Republican D. A. Donohue 1,959 29.4
Republican Willard Ingalls 1,827 27.4
Total votes 6,669 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 23 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Earl Elijah 17,101 100.0
Total votes 17,101 100.0
Republican hold

District 24Edit

Iowa Senate, District 24 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. T. Dykhouse (incumbent) 17,732 100.0
Total votes 17,732 100.0
Republican hold

District 25Edit

Iowa Senate, District 25 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican D. C. Nolan 13,906 54.8
Democratic Leroy S. Mercer (incumbent) 11,472 45.2
Total votes 25,378 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

District 26Edit

Iowa Senate, District 26 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank C. Byers (incumbent) 29,481 57.3
Democratic L. M. Hullinger 21,941 42.7
Total votes 51,422 100.0
Republican hold

District 27Edit

Iowa Senate, District 27 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry Heideman 6,210 68.4
Republican Paul E. McCarville (incumbent) 2,864 31.6
Total votes 9,074 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 27 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry Heideman 14,611 56.3
Democratic C. Joseph Coleman 11,340 43.7
Total votes 25,951 100.0
Republican hold

District 28Edit

Iowa Senate, District 28 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican W. Eldon Walter (incumbent) 2,478 57.5
Republican John Knudson 1,829 42.5
Total votes 4,307 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 28 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican W. Eldon Walter (incumbent) 10,947 100.0
Total votes 10,947 100.0
Republican hold

District 31Edit

Iowa Senate, District 31 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. G. Lucas 6,598 64.0
Republican Clifford N. Nystrom 3,708 36.0
Total votes 10,306 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 31 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. G. Lucas 16,892 58.4
Democratic Ray Eveland 12,043 41.6
Total votes 28,935 100.0
Republican hold

District 32Edit

Iowa Senate, District 32 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles S. Van Eaton (incumbent) 24,864 55.3
Democratic Emlin L. Bergeson 20,092 44.7
Total votes 44,956 100.0
Republican hold

District 33Edit

Iowa Senate, District 33 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Don Risk (incumbent) 11,361 66.2
Democratic James C. Cloud 5,792 33.8
Total votes 17,153 100.0
Republican hold

District 36Edit

Iowa Senate, District 36 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican A. J. Johnson 1,702 54.6
Republican Melvin Beimfohr 1,416 45.4
Total votes 3,118 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 36 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican A. J. Johnson 5,637 52.1
Democratic Adolph Elvers 5,189 47.9
Total votes 10,826 100.0
Republican hold

District 39Edit

Iowa Senate, District 39 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Kendall Lynes (incumbent) 3,684 63.1
Republican Roger Jennings 2,153 36.9
Total votes 5,837 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 39 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Kendall Lynes (incumbent) 11,252 69.5
Democratic Mrs. Marie Buss 4,927 30.5
Total votes 16,179 100.0
Republican hold

District 40Edit

Iowa Senate, District 40 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George L. Scott 2,774 40.8
Republican J. C. Davis 2,140 31.5
Republican L. C. Surfus 1,882 27.7
Total votes 6,796 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 40 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George L. Scott 13,299 64.0
Democratic Mrs. Doris Gorman 7,485 36.0
Total votes 20,784 100.0
Republican hold

District 41Edit

Iowa Senate, District 41 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jacob Grimstead 3,503 48.0
Republican Allert G. Olson 2,263 31.0
Republican A. T. Brookins 1,538 21.0
Total votes 7,304 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 41 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jacob Grimstead 12,935 100.0
Total votes 12,935 100.0
Republican hold

District 43Edit

Iowa Senate, District 43 Republican Primary Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Herman M. Knudson (incumbent) 6,116 60.7
Republican Al K. Carstens 3,963 39.3
Total votes 10,079 100.0
Iowa Senate, District 43 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican H. M. Knudson (incumbent) 20,965 61.5
Democratic Dorothy Dunn 13,101 38.5
Total votes 34,066 100.0
Republican hold

District 46Edit

Iowa Senate, District 46 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Laurence M. Boothby 16,548 100.0
Total votes 16,548 100.0
Republican hold

District 47Edit

Iowa Senate, District 47 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harry E. Watson (incumbent) 14,083 66.7
Democratic W. A. Yager 7,045 33.3
Total votes 21,128 100.0
Republican hold

District 49Edit

Iowa Senate, District 49 General Election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duane E. Dewel 14,755 62.2
Democratic Burl N. Ridout (incumbent) 8,970 37.8
Total votes 23,725 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Primary Election 1952 For State Senator" (PDF). Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "General Election 1952 For State Senator" (PDF). Iowa General Assembly. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Holdover State Senators" (PDF). Iowa Official Register. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "Legislators". Iowa State Senate. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "Primary Election for State Senator 1952" (PDF). Iowa Official Register. Retrieved June 14, 2020.