1929 Election Cycle

A pair of rare special elections to the U.S. House took place in 1929. Republicans held the Minneapolis-based 5th CD in June with nominee Lieutenant Governor William Nolan. In October, Farmer-Laborite Paul John Kvale held the 7th CD seat for his party previously occupied by his father Ole Kvale who died in office. These were just the second and third special elections to the U.S. House held in state history.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
10/16/1929 U.S. House, District 07 Special Paul John Kvale (Farmer-Labor) won with 24,777 votes (73.17%) and a winning margin of +46.34
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Paul John Kvale Man Farmer-Labor 24,777 73.17
Jones C. (J.C.) Morrison Man Republican 9,085 26.83

Special election on October 16, 1929 for the unexpired term ending March 3, 1931 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Farmer-Laborite Ole J. Kvale on September 11, 1929.

A primary election was scheduled for October 9, 1929. However, Morrison's two challengers - J.M. Haughland of Montevideo and Lawrence M. Carlson of Renville - withdrew from the race. Democratic nominee C.B. Johnson of Willmar also withdrew from the race and Democrats backed the Farmer-Labor nominee Paul Kvale.
Paul Kvale was the son and private secretary to Congressman Ole Kvale.
Morrison was editor of the Morris Tribune.

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06/17/1929 U.S. House, District 05 Special William Ignatius (W.I.) Nolan (Republican) won with 23,304 votes (46.57%) and a winning margin of +6.77
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
William Ignatius (W.I.) Nolan Man Republican 23,304 46.57
Einar Hoidale Man Democrat 19,916 39.80
Ernest Lundeen Man Farmer-Labor 6,822 13.63

Special election on June 17, 1929 for the unexpired term ending March 3, 1931 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Republican Walter H. Newton effective June 30, 1929 who was appointed secretary to President Herbert Hoover.

Nolan was the sitting three-term Lieutenant Governor.

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06/10/1929 U.S. House, District 05 Special Primary William Ignatius (W.I.) Nolan (Republican) won with 23,871 votes (32.36%) and a winning margin of +0.25
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
William Ignatius (W.I.) Nolan Man Republican 23,871 32.36
Arch Coleman Man Republican 23,689 32.12
W.W. Heffelfinger Man Republican 19,898 26.98
H.M. Orfield Man Republican 6,299 8.54

Special primary election for the unexpired term ending March 3, 1931 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Republican Walter H. Newton effective June 30, 1929 who was appointed secretary to President Herbert Hoover.

Nolan was the sitting three-term Lieutenant Governor.

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01/17/1929 State Senate, District 09 Special Henry August (H.A.) Saggau (Nonpartisan) won with 4,530 votes (62.23%) and a winning margin of +24.45
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Henry August (H.A.) Saggau Man Nonpartisan 4,530 62.23
C.E. McNaught Man Nonpartisan 2,750 37.77

Special election caused by the vacancy following the death of Senator Frank Day on December 27, 1928.

Saggau was a resident and founder of Ceylon.

McNaught was a resident of St. James.

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