1878 Election Cycle

Republicans won both partisan statewide elections on the ballot with Auditor O.P. Whitcomb victorious for a third term and S.H. Nichols for a second as Clerk of the Supreme Court.

Democrats did pick up one U.S. House seat this cycle with state Senator Henry Poehler unseating three-term Republican Horace Strait in the 2nd CD.

Beginning with elections in 1878 to the 21st Legislature, state Representatives were elected to two-year terms.

Associate Justice J.M. Berry was reelected to the Supreme Court for a third term.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/05/1878 State House, District 27 General John Baxter (Republican) won with 2,201 votes (20.79%) and a winning margin of +6.68
George Huhn (Republican) won with 2,100 votes (19.83%) and a winning margin of +5.72
Andrew J. Smith (Republican) won with 1,852 votes (17.49%) and a winning margin of +3.38
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
John Baxter Man Republican 2,201 20.79
George Huhn Man Republican 2,100 19.83
Andrew J. Smith Man Republican 1,852 17.49
Frank J. Mead Man Democrat-Greenback 1,494 14.11
Jason M. Corcoran Man Democrat-Greenback 1,376 13.00
Thomas A. Clark Man Democrat-Greenback 1,266 11.96
A.P. Lane Man Prohibition 118 1.11
O.H. Brown Man Prohibition 91 0.86
George Washington (G.W.) Emery Man Prohibition 90 0.85

Brown was a resident of Osseo.

Emery was a resident of Minneapolis.

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11/05/1878 State House, District 26 General Josiah Thompson (Republican) won with 2,810 votes (16.84%) and a winning margin of +6.08
Andrew Tharalson (Republican) won with 2,704 votes (16.21%) and a winning margin of +5.44
Henry George (H.G.) Hicks (Republican) won with 2,619 votes (15.70%) and a winning margin of +4.93
W.H. Johnson (i) (Republican) won with 2,357 votes (14.13%) and a winning margin of +3.36
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Josiah Thompson Man Republican 2,810 16.84
Andrew Tharalson Man Republican 2,704 16.21
Henry George (H.G.) Hicks Incumbent Man Republican 2,619 15.70
W.H. Johnson (i) Incumbent Man Republican 2,357 14.13
Edward McDermott Incumbent Man Democrat-Greenback 1,796 10.76
Benjamin F. Christleib Man Democrat-Greenback 1,500 8.99
George W. Harmon Man Democrat-Greenback 1,461 8.76
W.C. Lee Man Democrat-Greenback 1,439 8.62
11/05/1878 State House, District 24 General Peter Bohland (Republican) won with 433 votes (63.58%) and a winning margin of +27.17
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Peter Bohland Man Republican 433 63.58
Lorenzo Hoyt Man Democrat 248 36.42
11/05/1878 State House, District 24 General James K. Smith (Democrat) won with 636 votes (58.78%) and a winning margin of +17.56
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
James K. Smith Man Democrat 636 58.78
Rowland (R.) Barden Man Republican 446 41.22
11/05/1878 State Senate, District 26 General Charles Alfred (C.A.) Pillsbury (Republican-Greenback) won with 3,239 votes (75.80%) and a winning margin of +51.60
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Charles Alfred (C.A.) Pillsbury Incumbent Man Republican-Greenback 3,239 75.80
Albert Alonzo (A.A.) Ames Man Democrat 1,034 24.20