1951 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1951

← 1950 November 6, 1951 (KY and MS);
April 22, 1952 (LA)
1952 →

3 state governorships
  Majority party Minority party
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 25 governorships 23 governorships
Seats before 25 23
Seats after 25 23
Seat change Steady Steady

  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Republican holds
  Republican pickups

United States gubernatorial elections were held in 1951, in three states. Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi hold their gubernatorial elections in odd numbered years, every 4 years, preceding the United States presidential election year.


State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Kentucky Lawrence Wetherby Democratic Re-elected, 54.60% Eugene Siler (Republican) 45.40%
(Held, 22 April 1952)
Earl Long Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Robert F. Kennon (Democratic) 95.99%
Harrison Bagwell (Republican) 4.01%
(Democratic primary run-off results)
Robert F. Kennon 61.44%
Carlos Spaht 38.56%
Mississippi Fielding L. Wright Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Hugh L. White (Democratic) unopposed in the general election.
(Democratic primary run-off results)
Hugh L. White 51.18%
Paul B. Johnson Jr. 48.82%


  1. ^ "KY Governor, 1951". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  2. ^ "LA Governor, 1952". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "LA Governor, 1952 – D Runoff". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ "MS Governor, 1951 – D Runoff". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
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