1946 United States Senate election in Florida

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Nominee Spessard Holland J. Harry Schad
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 156,232 42,408
Percentage 78.65% 21.35%

U.S. senator before election

Spessard Holland

Elected U.S. Senator

Spessard Holland

The 1946 United States Senate election in Florida was held on November 5, 1946.

Incumbent Florida Senator Charles O. Andrews did not run for re-election and died on September 18. Former Governor Spessard Holland, who served from 1941-1945, had already won the May Democratic primary (usually tantamount to victory in the solidly Democratic South), and was appointed to the vacant seat by Governor Millard F. Caldwell. Holland was then elected in the regular fall election.

Democratic primary



1946 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Spessard L. Holland (incumbent) 204,352 60.72%
Democratic Robert A. Green 109,040 32.40%
Democratic Polly Rose Balfe 14,553 4.32%
Democratic Henry M. Burch 8,600 2.56%
Total votes 336,545 100.00%

Republican primary



Schad was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

General election


On September 18, outgoing Senator Andrews died. Governor Millard F. Caldwell appointed Holland as Andrews' replacement for the remainder of the term, ending January 3, 1947.


General election results [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Spessard Holland (incumbent) 156,232 78.65% Decrease21.35
Republican J. Harry Schad 42,408 21.35% Increase21.35
Total votes 198,640 100.00%

See also


  1. ^ "Florida Woman Enters Race for Senate Seat" (PDF). The Sunday Star. January 20, 1946. Retrieved July 26, 2021 – via Chronicling America newspaper collection from the Library of Congress.
  2. ^ "Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida". pp. 534–35. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  3. ^ "FL US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved January 10, 2021.