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1949 United States Senate special election in New York

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1949 United States Senate special election in New York
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← 1944 November 8, 1949 1950 →
Herbert Lehman.jpg
Senator John Foster Dulles (R-NY).jpg
Nominee Herbert H. Lehman John Foster Dulles
Party Democratic Republican
Alliance Liberal
Popular vote 2,582,438 2,384,381
Percentage 51.99% 48.01%

Senator before election

John Foster Dulles

Elected Senator

Herbert H. Lehman

The United States Senate special election of 1949 in New York was held on November 8, 1949. On June 28, 1949, incumbent senator Robert F. Wagner resigned due to ill health. On July 7, John Foster Dulles was appointed by Governor Thomas Dewey to fill the vacancy temporarily.[1]

The Republican State Committee nominated Dulles to succeed himself. The Democratic State Committee nominated former Governor Herbert H. Lehman. The Liberal Party endorsed Lehman. The American Labor Party made no nominations and urged its members not to vote for any candidate. The Democratic/Liberal ticket was elected and Dulles was defeated.[2]

General election



1949 U.S. Senate special election in New York[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Herbert H. Lehman 2,155,763 43.40%
Liberal Herbert H. Lehman 426,675 8.59%
Total Herbert H. Lehman 2,582,438 51.99%
Republican John Foster Dulles (incumbent) 2,384,381 48.01%
Total votes 4,966,819 100.00%


  1. ^ "Dulles Appointed Senator". The New York Times. July 8, 1949.
  2. ^ "THE OFFICIAL COUNT: LEHMAN BY 198,057". The New York Times. December 15, 1949.
  3. ^ "NY US Senate Special". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
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