1919 Election Cycle

The first special election to the U.S. House was held in July 1919 following the May 1919 death of three-term 4th CD Democrat Carl Van Dyke. Independent Oscar Keller won the St. Paul-based district.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
07/01/1919 U.S. House, District 04 Special Oscar Keller (Independent) won with 11,958 votes (43.77%) and a winning margin of +11.96
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Oscar Keller Man Independent 11,958 43.77
Carl W. Cummins Man Republican 8,691 31.81
Richard O’Brien Man Democrat 6,245 22.86
C.R. Carlgren Man Socialist 424 1.55
Scattering Write-In 1 0.00

Special election on July 1, 1919 for the unexpired term ending March 3, 1921 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Democrat Carl C. Van Dyke on May 20, 1919. Cummins was an attorney from St. Paul who defeated Keller at the Republican nominating convention. There were no party primaries held to determine nominees for this election.

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02/20/1919 State Senate, District 43 Special George H. Sullivan (Nonpartisan) won with 2,438 votes (52.93%) and a winning margin of +5.86
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
George H. Sullivan Man Nonpartisan 2,438 52.93
W.W. Wilcox Man Nonpartisan 2,168 47.07

Special election caused by the state Senate declaring the seat vacant following evidence that Senator W.W. Wilcox's had violated the fair campaign practices act in his 35-vote victory over George H. Sullivan in November 1918. Wilcox was charged with circulating a false and defamatory pamphlet against Sullivan.

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02/18/1919 State Senate, District 17 Special Carson N. (C.N.) Cosgrove (Nonpartisan) won with 1,868 votes (59.55%) and a winning margin of +19.09
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Carson N. (C.N.) Cosgrove Man Nonpartisan 1,868 59.55
Charles C. (C.C.) Kolars Man Nonpartisan 1,269 40.45

Special election caused by the vacancy following the death of Senator Harry Weis on January 8, 1919.

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02/18/1919 State Senate, District 34 Special Arch Coleman (Nonpartisan) won with 2,246 votes (62.65%) and a winning margin of +25.30
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Arch Coleman Man Nonpartisan 2,246 62.65
W.H. Donahue Man Nonpartisan 1,339 37.35

Special election caused by the vacancy following the death of Senator Carl Wallace on January 13, 1919. Coleman was the chairman of the Hennepin County Republican Committee. Donahue was a lieutenant colonel of the 151st field artillery.

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02/11/1919 State Senate, District 34 Special Primary Arch Coleman (Nonpartisan) won with 1,021 votes (34.03%) and a winning margin of +5.87
W.H. Donahue (Nonpartisan) won with 845 votes (28.17%)
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Arch Coleman Man Nonpartisan 1,021 34.03
W.H. Donahue Man Nonpartisan 845 28.17
William Y. Dennis Man Nonpartisan 716 23.87
L.A. Lydiard Man Nonpartisan 418 13.93

Special primary election caused by the vacancy following the death of Senator Carl Wallace on January 13, 1919. Coleman was the chairman of the Hennepin County Republican Committee. Donahue was a lieutenant colonel of the 151st field artillery. Dennis was a real estate dealer.

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