New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1949

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New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1949

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Nominee Alfred E. Driscoll Elmer H. Wene
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 885,882 810,022
Percentage 51.5% 47.1%

Governor before election

Alfred E. Driscoll
Republican

Elected Governor

Alfred E. Driscoll
Republican

The New Jersey gubernatorial election of 1949 was a race for Governor of New Jersey held on November 8, 1949. Incumbent Republican Alfred E. Driscoll defeated Democratic nominee Elmer H. Wene with 51.54% of the vote.

For the first time, the governor was elected to a four-year term, as opposed to three years.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on Tuesday April 19, 1949.[1]

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alfred E. Driscoll 207,144 69.51
Republican Robert L. Adams 90,885 30.50
Total votes 100.00

Democratic primary

Results

Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elmer H. Wene 152,054 100.00
Total votes 152,054 100.00

General election

Candidates

Major party candidates

  • Alfred E. Driscoll, Republican
  • Elmer H. Wene, Democratic

Other candidates

  • James Imbrie, Progressive Party
  • John C. Butterworth, Socialist Labor Party of America
  • Edson R. Leach, Prohibition Party

Results

New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1949[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Alfred E. Driscoll 885,882 51.54%
Democratic Elmer H. Wene 810,022 47.13%
Progressive James Imbrie 10,840 0.63%
Socialist Labor John C. Butterworth 6,515 0.38%
Prohibition Edson R. Leach 5,529 0.32%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b c "Candidates for the Office of Governor - State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1949. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Votes Cast for the Office of Governor of the State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1949. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
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