1956 South Dakota gubernatorial election

The 1956 South Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1956.

1956 South Dakota gubernatorial election

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  Joe Foss official portrait as Governor.jpg Ralph Herseth.jpg
Nominee Joe Foss Ralph Herseth
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 158,819 133,198
Percentage 54.39% 45.61%

1956 South Dakota gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results

Foss:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80–90%

Herseth:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Joe Foss
Republican

Elected Governor

Joe Foss
Republican

Incumbent Republican Governor Joe Foss defeated Democratic nominee Ralph Herseth with 54.39% of the vote.

Primary electionsEdit

Primary elections were held on June 5, 1956.[1]

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ralph Herseth unopposed

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Foss (inc.) unopposed

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

1956 South Dakota gubernatorial election[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joe Foss (inc.) 158,819 54.39%
Democratic Ralph Herseth 133,198 45.61%
Majority 25,621 8.77%
Turnout 292,017 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "South Dakota". Voting Information. Washington, D.C.: Prepared by Office of Armed Forces Information & Education, Department of Defense. March 1956. p. 98. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Ralph E. Herseth". Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum of South Dakota. May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 142.
  4. ^ Elections (PDF). 2005 South Dakota Legislative Manual. p. 634. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 79.
  6. ^ "SD Governor, 1956". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 21 May 2020.

BibliographyEdit

  • Gubernatorial Elections, 1787-1997. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. 1998. ISBN 1-56802-396-0.