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1946 United States Senate election in California

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1946 United States Senate election in California

← 1940 November 5, 1946 1952 →
 
William F. Knowland headshot.jpg
Will Rogers, Jr.JPG
Nominee William F. Knowland Will Rogers Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,428,067 1,167,161
Percentage 54.10% 44.22%

U.S. senator before election

William F. Knowland
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

William F. Knowland
Republican

The 1946 United States Senate election in California was held on November 5, 1946.

Republican Senator Hiram Johnson died in office in August 1945. Governor Earl Warren appointed U.S. Army Major and former State Senator William F. Knowland to finish Johnson's term until a successor could be duly elected. Knowland won the special election to complete Johnson's term and won the regularly scheduled 1946 election over U.S. Representative Will Rogers Jr., both held on November 5.

Republican primary

Candidates

  • William F. Knowland, incumbent Senator since 1945

Results

1946 Republican U.S. Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) 514,667 64.80%
Democratic Will Rogers Jr. (cross-filing) 203,436 25.61%
Democratic Ellis E. Patterson (cross-filing) 47,969 3.14%
Total votes 794,254 100.00

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

1946 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Will Rogers Jr. 501,634 47.45%
Democratic Ellis Patterson 286,812 27.13%
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) (cross-filing) 226,182 21.40%
Democratic Wayne McFarland 17,774 1.68%
Democratic John S. Crowder 17,156 1.62%
Democratic Adam C. Derkum 7,578 0.72%
Total votes 1,057,136 100.00

General election

Results

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William F. Knowland (inc.) 1,428,067 54.10%
Democratic Will Rogers Jr. 1,167,161 44.22%
Prohibition Douglas Corrigan 42,683 1.62%
Socialist Labor Herbert Steiner (write-in) 156 0.01%
Write-in All others 1,398 0.05%
Total votes 2,639,465 100.00%

Special election

In a simultaneous special election for the remainder of Johnson's term, Knowland won easily. Notably, no candidates were listed on the ballot. Each vote was a write-in, making Knowland technically the first ever write-in candidate elected to the U.S. Senate, albeit by default.

Results

1946 U.S. Senate special election in California[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Write-in William F. Knowland (inc.) 3,982,448 74.31%
Write-in Will Rogers Jr. 90,723 15.85%
Write-in George H. McLain 17,883 3.13%
Write-in Ellis E. Patterson 3,889 0.68%
Write-in Douglas Corrigan 2,464 0.43%
Write-in Vic Paulsen 1,616 0.28%
Write-in Moody Staten 1,494 0.26%
Write-in Hartley F. Peart 1,383 0.24%
Write-in George C. Highley 1,268 0.22%
Write-in James Moran 918 0.16%
Write-in Ben Rinaldo 765 0.13%
Write-in Aubrey D. Lewis 519 0.09%
Write-in Frank Merriam 507 0.09%
Write-in All others 23,619 4.13%
Total votes 572,321 100.00%

See also

References

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - R Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - D Primary". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA US Senate". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - CA US Senate Special". OurCampaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
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