1942 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

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Nominee Orland S. Loomis Julius P. Heil William C. Sullivan
Party Progressive Republican Democratic
Popular vote 397,664 291,945 98,153
Percentage 49.65% 36.45% 12.25%

County results
Loomis:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Heil:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Julius P. Heil
Republican

Elected Governor

Walter Samuel Goodland[a]
Republican

The 1942 Wisconsin gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1942.

Incumbent Republican Governor Julius P. Heil was defeated by Progressive nominee Orland S. Loomis in a rematch of the 1940 election with 49.65% of the vote.

Loomis died of a heart attack on December 7, 1942, a month before he was to take office. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Lieutenant Governor Walter Samuel Goodland would serve Orland Loomis's term as governor, overriding the view of Governor Julius Heil that he should continue in office.[1][2]

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on September 15, 1942.

Democratic primary

Governor

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William C. Sullivan 15,684 24.31
Democratic Gustav J. Keller 15,482 23.99
Democratic Raymond J. Cannon 11,075 17.16
Democratic Stanley Z. Fajkowski 10,333 16.01
Democratic Albert J. Wilde 7,227 11.20
Democratic Joseph H. Conlin 4,725 7.32
Total votes 64,526 100.00

Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John M. Brophy 52,952 100.00
Total votes 52,952 100.00

Republican primary

Governor

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[7][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Julius P. Heil (incumbent) 136,980 51.57
Republican Milton T. Murray 95,908 36.11
Republican James K. Robinson 32,740 12.33
Total votes 265,628 100.00

Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter Samuel Goodland (incumbent) 154,695 66.34
Republican Charles I. Wesley 78,474 33.66
Total votes 233,169 100.00

Progressive primary

Governor

Candidates

Results

Progressive primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Orland S. Loomis 54,508 100.00
Total votes 54,508 100.00

Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Results

Progressive primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Philip E. Nelson 36,584 71.98
Progressive Henry J. Berquist 13,240 28.02
Total votes 50,824 100.00

In the September Primary, Nelson won with a commanding 71% of the vote. Nelson, however, had already been appointed to the federal War Production Board and, on the eve of the Progressive Party state convention, declined the nomination.[12] On October 5, the Progressives formally nominated Henry Berquist in place of Nelson.[13]

Socialist primary

Governor

Candidates

Results

Socialist primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Socialist Frank P. Zeidler 5,666 100.00
Total votes 5,666 100.00

Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Results

Socialist primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Socialist Arthur C. Ochsner 5,233 100.00
Total votes 5,233 100.00

General election

Governor

Major party candidates

Other candidates

Results

1942 Wisconsin gubernatorial election[14][15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Orland S. Loomis 397,664 49.65%
Republican Julius P. Heil (incumbent) 291,945 36.45%
Democratic William C. Sullivan 98,153 12.25%
Socialist Frank P. Zeidler 11,295 1.41%
Independent Communist Fred B. Blair 1,092 0.14%
Independent Socialist Labor Georgia Cozzini 490 0.06%
Scattering 346 0.04%
Majority 105,719 13.20%
Turnout 800,985 100.00%
Progressive gain from Republican Swing

Lieutenant Governor

Major party candidates

Other candidates

Results

1942 Wisconsin lieutenant gubernatorial election[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Walter Samuel Goodland (incumbent) 349,230 47.34%
Progressive Henry J. Berquist 256,851 34.82%
Democratic John M. Brophy 119,926 16.26%
Socialist Arthur C. Ochsner 10,372 1.41%
Independent Socialist Labor Adolf Wiggert 1,336 0.18%
Majority 92,379 12.52%
Turnout 737,715 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

Notes

  1. ^ Orland S. Loomis was elected in the 1942 election, but died before taking office. Per a ruling of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Goodland, who had been re-elected lieutenant governor in the same election, served as governor for the entire term.

References

  1. ^ "Goodland Governor By Wisconsin Ruling; Court Holds Lieutenant Governor Must Fill Death Vacancy". New York Times. December 30, 1942. p. E10.
  2. ^ Richardson, Darcy G. (November 10, 2012). "Time Capsule: Wisconsin's Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper". Darcy Richardson’s Uncovered Politics. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "These Men Seek State Nominations". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. September 13, 1942. p. 10. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  4. ^ "LaFollette, Once Progressive Chief Seeks GOP Nod". Dixon Evening Telegraph. Dixon, Illinois. 12 August 1946. p. 2. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  5. ^ "GOP Nominates Heil". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. September 16, 1942. p. 1. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Primary". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay, Wisconsin. September 9, 1942. p. 2. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d Wisconsin Blue Book 1944, p. 504.
  8. ^ "WI Governor, 1942 - D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  9. ^ Ohm, Howard F.; Bryhan, Leone G. L., eds. (1942). The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1942. State of Wisconsin. p. 670.
  10. ^ a b c d Wisconsin Blue Book 1944, p. 505.
  11. ^ "WI Governor, 1942 - R Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Nelson Declines Candidacy on Progressive Ticket". Rhinelander Daily News. September 28, 1942. p. 1. Retrieved December 6, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Progressives Pick Henry J. Berquist". Wisconsin State Journal. October 5, 1942. p. 2. Retrieved December 6, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Glashan 1979, pp. 342–343.
  15. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1944, p. 572.
  16. ^ "WI Governor, 1942". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  17. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1944, p. 573.
  18. ^ "WI Lt. Governor, 1942". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 9 April 2021.

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