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1948 United States Senate election in Maine

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1948 United States Senate election in Maine

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Margaret Chase Smith 1943 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Margaret Chase Smith Adrian Scolten
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 159,182 64,074
Percentage 71.30% 28.70%

U.S. senator before election

Wallace H. White Jr.

Elected U.S. Senator

Margaret Chase Smith

The 1948 United States Senate election in Maine was held on September 13, 1948. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Wallace White did not seek a fourth term in office.

U.S. Representative Margaret Chase Smith defeated the two most recent Governors of Maine, Horace Hildreth and Sumner Sewall, in the Republican primary. In the general election, Smith resoundingly defeated Democrat Adrian Scolten of Portland.

Smith was the first woman ever elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate without first being appointed.[a] Smith's election also made her the first woman to serve in both house of the United States Congress, as well as the first woman to represent the state of Maine in the Senate.[1]

Republican primary



1948 Republican U.S. Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Margaret Chase Smith 63,786 51.90%
Republican Horace Hildreth 30,949 25.18%
Republican Sumner Sewall 21,763 17.71%
Republican Albion Beverage 6,399 5.21%
Total votes 122,897 100.00%

Democratic primary


  • Adrian Scolten


Scolten was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

1948 Democratic U.S. Senate primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Adrian Scolten 15,452 100.00%
Total votes 15,452 100.00%

General election


1948 U.S. Senate election in Maine[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Margaret Chase Smith (inc.) 159,182 71.30% Increase4.63
Democratic Adrian Scolten 64,074 28.70% Decrease4.63
Total votes 223,256 100.00%

See also


  1. ^ "Senator Margaret Chase Smith (1897–1995)". University of Maine.
  2. ^ "ME US Senate- R Primary Race - Jun 21, 1948". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ "ME US Senate- D Primary Race - Jun 21, 1948". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ "ME US Senate Race - September 13, 1948". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 19 June 2020.


  1. ^ Hattie Caraway of Arkansas was elected to two terms in the Senate, but she had been appointed first to succeed her dead husband and was an incumbent in each of her elections. In 1938, Gladys Pyle was elected to represent South Dakota in the U.S. Senate for 55 days to complete the term of Herbert Hitchcock.
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