1900 Indiana gubernatorial election

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Nominee Winfield T. Durbin John W. Kern
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 331,531 306,272
Percentage 50.5% 46.7%

Governor before election

James A. Mount

Elected Governor

Winfield T. Durbin

The 1900 Indiana gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1900 in all 92 counties in the state of Indiana. Winfield T. Durbin was elected governor over his Democratic opponent, John W. Kern.


Durbin was nominated to run for governor in 1900, and easily won the convention vote.

Opinion was strongly against Democrats, and the leading members of the party refused to run for governor that year. The party fielded John Kern, a former state senator, to oppose Durbin.

General election

Durbin became the first governor to win by majority in twenty-five years. Durbin's primary goal as governor was to bring efficiency to the state, and reform the government to function more economically, and to enact progressive legislation.

Indiana gubernatorial election, 1900
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Winfield T. Durbin 331,531 50.5
Democratic John W. Kern 306,272 46.7
Prohibition Charles N. Eckhart 13,453 2.1
Populist A.G. Burkhart 1,504 0.2