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1956 Delaware gubernatorial election

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1956 Delaware gubernatorial election

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Nominee J. Caleb Boggs James Hoge Tyler McConnell
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 91,965 85,047
Percentage 51.95% 48.05%

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County results

Boggs:      50–60%

McConnell:      50–60%

Governor before election

J. Caleb Boggs

Elected Governor

J. Caleb Boggs

The 1956 Delaware gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1956.

Incumbent Republican Governor J. Caleb Boggs defeated Democratic nominee James Hoge Tyler McConnell with 51.95% of the vote.


Nominations were made by party conventions.

Democratic nomination

The Democratic convention was held on August 30 at Dover.


  • J. H. Tyler McConnell, secretary of the Hercules Power Co., unanimous[1]

Republican nomination

The Republican convention was held on August 29 at the Capitol Theater, Dover.[2]


General election


1956 Delaware gubernatorial election[4][5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican J. Caleb Boggs (incumbent) 91,965 51.95%
Democratic J. H. Tyler McConnell 85,047 48.05%
Majority 6,918 3.90%
Turnout 177,012 100.00%
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ "Boggs to face McConnell in Delaware race". Evening star. Washington, D.C. 31 August 1956. p. A-3. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Stevenson hit by McKeldin". Evening star. Washington, D.C. 29 August 1956. p. A-6. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Two on GOP slate are pros". The Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware. 30 August 1956. p. 6. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  4. ^ "DE Governor, 1956". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  5. ^ Glashan 1979, pp. 52–53.
  6. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 46.


  • Gubernatorial Elections, 1787-1997. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Inc. 1998. ISBN 1-56802-396-0.
  • Glashan, Roy R. (1979). American Governors and Gubernatorial Elections, 1775-1978. Meckler Books. ISBN 0-930466-17-9.CS1 maint: ref duplicates default (link)
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