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1950 Georgia gubernatorial election

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1950 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial primary

← 1948 (special) June 28, 1950 1954 →
Nominee Herman Talmadge Melvin Thompson
Party Democratic Democratic
Electoral vote 295 115
Popular vote 287,637 279,137
Percentage 49.33% 47.88%

Governor before election

Herman Talmadge

Elected Governor

Herman Talmadge

The 1950 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1950. Incumbent Governor Herman Talmadge won the Democratic primary over Melvin Thompson on June 28 with 49.33% of the vote and 295 out of 410 county unit votes. The primary was a rematch of the 1948 special election.

At this time, Georgia was a one-party state, and the Democratic nomination was tantamount to victory. Talmadge was re-elected in the November general election without an opponent.

Democratic primary



1950 Democratic gubernatorial primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Herman Talmadge (incumbent) 287,637 49.33%
Democratic Melvin Thompson 279,137 47.88%
Democratic C. O. Baker 10,250 1.76%
Democratic Pat Avery 3,050 0.52%
Democratic J. W. Jenkins 2,963 0.51%
Total votes 583,037 100.00%

In the decisive county unit vote, Talmadge won 295 to Thompson's 115.

General election


1950 Georgia gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Herman Talmadge (incumbent) 230,771 98.44% Increase0.87
Independent Morgan Blake 3,325 1.42% N/A
N/A Write-ins 334 0.14% Increase0.13
Majority 227,446 97.02
Turnout 234,430
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA Governor -D Primary".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA Governor Race - Nov 07, 1950".
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