1956 Minnesota gubernatorial election

The 1956 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1956. Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party candidate Orville Freeman defeated Republican Party of Minnesota challenger Ancher Nelsen.

1956 Minnesota gubernatorial election

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  Orville L. Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture (1961-1969).jpg AncherNelsen2.jpg
Nominee Orville Freeman Ancher Nelsen
Party Democratic (DFL) Republican
Popular vote 731,180 685,196
Percentage 51.41% 48.18%

1956 Minnesota gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Freeman:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%
Nelsen:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Orville Freeman
Democratic (DFL)

Elected Governor

Orville Freeman
Democratic (DFL)

ResultsEdit

1956 Gubernatorial Election, Minnesota
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic (DFL) Orville Freeman (incumbent) 731,180 51.41% -1.31%
Republican Ancher Nelsen 685,196 48.18% +1.38%
Industrial Government Rudolph Gustafson 5,785 0.41% -0.07%
Majority 45,984 3.23%
Turnout 1,422,161
Democratic (DFL) hold Swing

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