1884 Election Cycle

Republican James Blaine easily carried Minnesota by 21.9 points but for the first time in state history Minnesota did not back the Electoral College winner (Democrat Grover Cleveland). Blaine’s showing in Minnesota was his second best in the 10-state Midwest region, recording a larger victory only in Kansas (24.2 points).

Republicans swept all five U.S. House elections sending four incumbents back to the U.S. House (Milo White, James Wakefield, Horace Strait, and Knute Nelson) with Congressman William Washburn getting elected to the U.S. Senate.

The GOP still enjoyed large majorities over the Democrats in the state Senate (36 to 11) and state House (75 to 21 with seven independents).

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

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/04/1884 State House, District 36 General Charles M. (C.M.) Reese (Republican) won with 1,536 votes (66.96%) and a winning margin of +33.91
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Charles M. (C.M.) Reese Man Republican 1,536 66.96
John S. (J.S.) Andrews Man Democrat-Anti-Monopoly 758 33.04

Andrews was a resident of Burbank.

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11/04/1884 State House, District 23 General Ferdinand Hempel (Republican) won with 2,019 votes (19.55%) and a winning margin of +6.82
John Wear (Republican) won with 1,587 votes (15.36%) and a winning margin of +2.63
Henry Baumgarten (Democrat) won with 1,577 votes (15.27%) and a winning margin of +2.54
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Ferdinand Hempel Man Republican 2,019 19.55
John Wear Man Republican 1,587 15.36
Henry Baumgarten Incumbent Man Democrat 1,577 15.27
D.L. Philley Man Republican 1,315 12.73
Patrick H. (P.H.) Rahilly Incumbent Man Independent Republican 1,267 12.27
Michael H. (Mike) Quigley Man Democrat 1,260 12.20
Sloan M. (S.M.) Emery Incumbent Man Democrat 1,243 12.03
Fred J. Schmauss Man Independent Democrat 60 0.58
R. Disney Man Write-In 1 0.01
11/04/1884 State House, District 18 General Dennis Downs (Democrat) won with 862 votes (39.82%) and a winning margin of +0.88
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Dennis Downs Man Democrat 862 39.82
J.N. Green Man Republican 843 38.94
John Groetsch Incumbent Man Prohibition 460 21.25
11/04/1884 State House, District 14 General Emerson D. (E.D.) Dyar (Republican) won with 656 votes (48.06%) and a winning margin of +8.13
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Emerson D. (E.D.) Dyar Incumbent Man Republican 656 48.06
William Busian Man Democrat 545 39.93
Walter Dixon Man Prohibition 164 12.01
11/04/1884 State House, District 04 General John La Porte (J.L.) Gibbs (Republican) won with 1,813 votes (30.84%) and a winning margin of +10.75
Aslak (Alexander) Haraldson (Republican) won with 1,622 votes (27.59%) and a winning margin of +7.50
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
John La Porte (J.L.) Gibbs Man Republican 1,813 30.84
Aslak (Alexander) Haraldson Man Republican 1,622 27.59
Richard Fitzgerald Man Democrat 1,181 20.09
Ole O. Opdahl Man Democrat 956 16.26
John Donahue Man Independent 307 5.22