1924 Nebraska Gubernatorial Election
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1924 Nebraska Gubernatorial Election
1924 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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Nominee Adam McMullen John N. Norton Dan B. Butler
Party Republican Democratic Progressive
Popular vote 229,067 183,709 35,594
Percentage 51.1% 41.0% 7.9%

Governor before election

Charles W. Bryan
Democratic

Elected Governor

Adam McMullen
Republican

The 1924 Nebraska gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1924, and featured former state Senator Adam McMullen, a Republican, defeating Democratic nominee, former state Representative John N. Norton, and Progressive nominee, Omaha City Commissioner Dan B. Butler.

Incumbent Governor Charles W. Bryan, initially the nominee of both the Democratic and Progressive parties, withdrew from the race after being nominated for Vice President of the United States at the 1924 Democratic National Convention on July 9.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles W. Bryan 58,854 81.32
Democratic Charles Graff 13,482 18.63
Democratic Write-in 36 0.05

Replacement nominee

Following Bryan's withdraw from the race, the Democratic State Central Committee met in Lincoln to choose a replacement on July 24. Among others, candidates considered for the nomination included Omaha City Commissioner John H. Hopkins, former state Representative John N. Norton of Polk, Morrill County Attorney Kenneth M. McDonald of Bridgeport, and former U.S. Representative Dan V. Stephens of Fremont. Norton was chosen on the seventeenth ballot after Hopkins and Stephens each withdrew their names, and besting McDonald with the necessary two-thirds of the vote.[4][5]

Progressive primary

Candidates

Results

Progressive primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Charles W. Bryan 1,329 77.86
Progressive Edward Sughroue 365 21.38
Progressive Write-in 13 0.76

Replacement nominee

Omaha City Commissioner Dan B. Butler, a Democrat and supporter of Senator Robert M. La Follette in the 1924 presidential election, was chosen by the three member Progressive Party State Executive Committee.[5][6]

Prohibition primary

Candidates

Results

Prohibition primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Prohibition Charles W. Bryan 24 63.16
Prohibition Write-in 14 36.84

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adam McMullen 49,858 42.65
Republican Albert N. Mathers 36,292 31.04
Republican C. H. Gustafson 18,156 15.53
Republican George W. Sterling 6,913 5.91
Republican W. F. Stoecker 5,468 4.68
Republican Write-in 224 0.19

General election

Results

Nebraska gubernatorial election, 1924[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adam McMullen 229,067 51.09%
Democratic John N. Norton 183,709 40.97%
Progressive Dan B. Butler 35,594 7.94%
Write-in Others 2 >0.01%
Total votes 448,372 100.0%

References

  1. ^ "Graff Takes the Plunge". Lincoln Journal Star. February 28, 1924. Charles Graff, agriculturist and livestock breeder of Bancroft, has tossed his sombrero into the democratic arena at the very feet of Governor Bryan. Thursday morning he filed with the secretary of state as a candidate for the crown now worn by the chief executive. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Lively Primary in Nebraska". Quad-City Times. April 8, 1924. ...while for the gubernatorial nomination, Governor Charles W. Bryan and Charles Graff, president of the state board of agriculture, were their candidates. Besides, George W. Sterling of Omaha, who favors a referendum on light wines and beer, the Republicans seeking nomination for governor were: Adam McMullen, banker and lawyer of Beatrice; Albert N. Mathers, banker and farmer of Gering, C. H. Gustafson of Lincoln, former head of the United States Grain Growers, Inc., and W. F. Stoecker of Omaha. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Charles W. Pool. "Official Report of the Nebraska State Canvassing Board Primary Election April 8, 1924" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Norton is the Nominee". Lincoln Evening Journal. July 25, 1924. John N. Norton, veteran legislator and farmer, of Polk, was, nominated on governor on the Democratic ticket by the Democratic state central committee at the Lincoln hotel Thursday on the seventeenth ballot. On the seventeenth ballot he defeated Kenneth McDonald of Bridgeport, who proved to be the only real opponent after considerable balloting. The nomination came at 8.30 o'clock in the evening. The committee had been called together at 2 o'clock for the purpose of nominating a candidate to take the place of Governor Bryan...Norton was nominated after John Hopkins, city commissioner of Omaha, had withdrawn. Hopkins was high man with twelve votes when he withdrew. Thirty-four votes were necessary to nominate in the committee. Fifty-three votes were cast on most of the ballots. Following this withdrawal a telegram from Dan V. Stephens of Fremont was read withdrawing his name. Hopkins Withdraws. Mr. Hopkins directed that his supporters be released in the interests of harmony. He spoke briefly when called for and said he desired the highest as well as the lowest to have a chance. He did not desire to prolong the session. "In the interest of harmony and the party I withdraw," he told the committee. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ a b Gammon, Loren A. (July 1, 1948). "The National election of 1924 and Nebraska". University of Nebraska at Omaha. pp. 80-81, 84-85. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Butler is Given Place". Lincoln Evening Journal. September 23, 1924. The Progressive central committee instead nominated Dan Butler, Omaha city commissioner, known as the original municipal coal yard operator. A life long Democrat, Mr. Butler accepted the nomination and pledged his support to La Follette for president. He had announced he would run for governor as a candidate "by petition" if the progressive nomination was denied him. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  7. ^ Luebke, Frederick C. "Political Response to Agricultural Depression in Nebraska, 1922" (PDF). nebraskahistory.org. Nebraska State Historical Society. p. 24. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Nebraska State Legislators 1924-1925" (PDF). p. 18. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Charles W. Pool. "Official Report of the Nebraska State Canvassing Board General Election November 4, 1924" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.

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