1955 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1955

← 1954 November 7, 1955 1956 →

2 state governorships
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 26 governorships 22 governorships
Seats before 26 22
Seats after 26 22
Seat change Steady Steady

United States gubernatorial elections, 1955
  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Republican holds
  Republican pickups
  Not Yet a State

United States gubernatorial elections were held in on November 7, 1955, in two states. Kentucky and Mississippi hold their gubernatorial elections in odd numbered years, every 4 years, preceding the United States presidential election year. This was the last time Louisiana did not hold an election in the year before presidential elections.


Governorships after the election. Democrats hold 29 (60.42%), while Republicans hold 19 (39.58%).
State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Kentucky Lawrence Wetherby Democratic Incumbent term-limited, Democratic Victory A.B. "Happy" Chandler (Democratic), 58.02%)

Edwin R. Denney (Republican), 41.45%

Robert H. Garrison (Prohibition), 0.35%

Jesse K. Lewis (Free Citizen's), 0.19%[1]

Mississippi Hugh L. White Democratic Incumbent term-limited, Democratic Victory James P. Coleman (Democratic), Unopposed

Results from Democratic Primary Runoff:

James P. Coleman, 55.64%

Paul B. Johnson, Jr., 44.36%[2]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - KY Governor Race - Nov 07, 1955". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS Governor - D Runoff Race - Aug 23, 1955". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.

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