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 1949 New Jersey gubernatorial election was 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 April 19, 1949.[1]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

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

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 298,029 100.00

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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