1866 Election Cycle

Republican Auditor Charles McIlrath was reelected to a third term and GOPer Sherwood Hough won his first of three terms as Clerk of the Supreme Court. Both nominees won by more than two-dozen points. Republicans William Windom and Ignatius Donnelly were reelected to their fifth and third terms to the U.S. House respectively.

The Apportionment of 1866 increased the number of state Senate districts from 21 to 22 and House districts from 42 to 47.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1866 State Senate, District 07 General N.C. Draper (Republican) won with 1,263 votes (57.28%) and a winning margin of +14.56
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
N.C. Draper Man Republican 1,263 57.28
Robert C. (R.C.) Masters Man Democrat 942 42.72
11/06/1866 State Senate, District 03 General Louis A. (L.A.) Evans (Democrat) won with 1,107 votes (53.38%) and a winning margin of +6.75
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Louis A. (L.A.) Evans Man Democrat 1,107 53.38
S.M. Bruce Man Republican 967 46.62
11/06/1866 Clerk of the Supreme Court General Sherwood Hough (Republican) won with 27,232 votes (63.43%) and a winning margin of +27.03
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Sherwood Hough Man Republican 27,232 63.43
Dennis Cavanaugh Man Democrat 15,627 36.40
Scattering Write-In 74 0.17

Clerk of the Supreme Court George Potter failed to receive his party's nomination.

Hough was a resident of Ramsey and worked as a chief clerk in the office of the Clerk of Supreme Court.

Cavanaugh was a resident of Rice County.

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11/06/1866 Auditor General Charles McIlrath (Republican) won with 26,362 votes (62.18%) and a winning margin of +24.49
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Charles McIlrath Incumbent Man Republican 26,362 62.18
Nelson E. Nelson Man Democrat 15,979 37.69
Scattering Write-In 52 0.12

Auditor McIlrath was reelected to a third term.

Nelson was a resident of Henderson where he served as Deputy county Auditor of Sibley County as well as judge of probate and register of deeds. He later served in the Dakota Territorial Legislature.

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11/06/1866 U.S. House, District 02 General Ignatius Donnelly (Republican) won with 12,022 votes (60.77%) and a winning margin of +21.58
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Ignatius Donnelly Incumbent Man Republican 12,022 60.77
William Colville Man Democrat 7,754 39.20
Scattering Write-In 6 0.03

Colville was a colonel who commanded the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Battle of Gettysburg.

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