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1954 Georgia gubernatorial election

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1954 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial primary

← 1950 September 8, 1954 1958 →
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Nominee Marvin Griffin Melvin Thompson Tom Linder
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Electoral vote 302 56 26
Popular vote 234,690 162,007 87,240
Percentage 36.32% 25.07% 13.50%

Nominee Fred Hand Charlie Gowen
Party Democratic Democratic
Electoral vote 22 4
Popular vote 78,125 73,809
Percentage 12.09% 11.42%

Governor before election

Herman Talmadge

Elected Governor

Marvin Griffin

The 1954 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1954.

Lieutenant Governor Marvin Griffin won the Democratic primary on September 8 with 36.52% of the vote and 302 out of 410 county unit votes. At this time, Georgia was a one-party state, and the Democratic nomination was tantamount to victory. Griffin won the November general election without an opponent.

This was the final of Melvin Thompson's three failed bids for Governor.

Democratic primary



  • Marvin Griffin, incumbent Lieutenant Governor
  • Charlie Gowen, State Representative from Brunswick
  • Fred Hand, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives
  • Tom Linder, Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Melvin Thompson, former Governor (1947–48)


Georgia gubernatorial Democratic primary, 1954[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Marvin Griffin 234,690 36.32%
Democratic Melvin Thompson 162,007 25.07%
Democratic Tom Linder 87,240 13.50%
Democratic Fred Hand 78,125 12.09%
Democratic Charlie Gowen 73,809 11.42%
Democratic Grace Wilkey Thomas 6,285 0.97%
Democratic Ben Garland 2,847 0.44%
Democratic Edmond Barfield 747 0.12%
Democratic Arthur H. Neeson 485 0.08%
Turnout 646,235

General election


Georgia gubernatorial election, 1954[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marvin Griffin 331,899 99.98%
N/A write-ins 67 0.02%
Majority 331,832 99.96
Turnout 331,966
Democratic hold Swing


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