1944 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

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Nominee Walter Samuel Goodland Daniel Hoan Alexander O. Benz
Party Republican Democratic Progressive
Popular vote 697,740 536,357 76,028
Percentage 52.84% 40.62% 5.76%

County results
Goodland:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Hoan:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Walter Samuel Goodland
Republican

Elected Governor

Walter Samuel Goodland
Republican

The 1944 Wisconsin gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1944.

Incumbent Republican Governor Walter Samuel Goodland defeated Democratic nominee Daniel Hoan with 52.84% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on August 15, 1944.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniel Hoan 67,632 63.23
Democratic John N. Zimmermann 39,333 36.77
Total votes 106,965 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[2][7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walter Samuel Goodland (incumbent) 147,378 47.15
Republican Delbert J. Kenny 79,492 25.43
Republican Milton T. Murray 41,244 13.19
Republican Christian J. Otjen 29,004 9.28
Republican Roland E. Kannenberg 15,470 4.95
Total votes 312,588 100.00

Progressive primary

Candidates

Results

Progressive primary results[2][10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Alexander O. Benz 9,448 33.13
Progressive Leo E. Vaudreuil 9,207 32.28
Progressive Ralph F. Amoth 5,691 19.95
Progressive John H. Kaiser 4,174 14.64
Total votes 28,520 100.00

General election

Candidates

Major party candidates

Other candidates

Results

1944 Wisconsin gubernatorial election[11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Walter Samuel Goodland (incumbent) 697,740 52.84%
Democratic Daniel Hoan 536,357 40.62%
Progressive Alexander O. Benz 76,028 5.76%
Socialist George A. Nelson 9,183 0.70%
Socialist Labor Georgia Cozzini 1,122 0.09%
Scattering 53 0.00%
Majority 161,383 12.22%
Turnout 1,320,483 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "CIO Actionists Face Wisconsin Test Today". Evening Star. Washington, D.C. 15 August 1944. p. A-3. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Wisconsin Blue Book 1946, p. 590.
  3. ^ "WI Governor, 1944 - D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Former State Senator Kannenberg Dies". Wausau Daily Herald. November 17, 1983. p. 6. Retrieved July 30, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "Only One Candidate Has All The Qualifications". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 14 August 1944. p. 2. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Col. C. J. Otjen, Milwaukee Civic Leader And Soldier, Dies". The Sheboygan Press. Sheboygan, Wisconsin. 17 July 1950. p. 3. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  7. ^ "WI Governor, 1944 - R Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Benz To Seek Nomination". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. 2 May 1944. p. 16. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Vaudreuil For Governor, But No Statement". Kenosha Evening News. Kenosha, Wisconsin. 25 May 1944. p. 1. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  10. ^ "WI Governor, 1944 - PRG Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  11. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 87.
  12. ^ "WI Governor, 1944". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  13. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1946, p. 664.

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