1954 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1952 November 2, 1954 1956 →
Nominee Christian A. Herter Robert F. Murphy
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 985,339 910,087
Percentage 51.76% 47.80%

Municipal results

Governor before election

Christian A. Herter

Elected Governor

Christian A. Herter

The 1954 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1954. Republican governor Christian Herter was re-elected, defeating Democrat Robert F. Murphy, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Republican Sumner G. Whittier defeated Democrat James A. Burke, Prohibition candidate Donald E. Babcock, and Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano.


State Representative Robert F. Murphy defeated former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General Francis E. Kelly for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Christian Herter ran unopposed for the Republican nomination

Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1954 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert F. Murphy 254,996 70.27%
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 107,861 29.73%

General election


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christian A. Herter (incumbent) 985,339 51.76%
Democratic Robert F. Murphy 910,087 47.80%
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 5,766 0.30%
Prohibition Guy S. Williams 2,579 0.14%

Lieutenant Governor

Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sumner G. Whittier 972,745 52.01%
Democratic James A. Burke 883,440 47.23%
Socialist Labor Francis A. Votano 9,215 0.49%
Prohibition Donald E. Babcock 5,067 0.27%

See also


  1. ^ Election Statistics.

Hayden, Irving N.; Grove, Lawrence R. (1955). A Manual for the Use of the General Court for 1955–1956. Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company. pp. 298–99. Retrieved September 23, 2010.