1930 Election Cycle

The Farmer-Labor Party scored its biggest victory to date winning the Governor’s mansion with Floyd Olson at the top of the ticket in an open seat race, handily defeating GOP state Auditor Ray Chase. Farmer-Laborites also won the open seat for Lieutenant Governor (Henry Arens). Republicans held the remaining statewide offices with Secretary of State Mike Holm, Attorney General Henry Benson, Treasurer Julius Schmahl, Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner Frank Matson, and Clerk of the Supreme Court Grace Kaerchner Davis. Stafford King also was victorious in the open seat race for Auditor. Democrats did not field nominees for Lieutenant Governor and Clerk of the Supreme Court.

In federal races, Republican U.S. Senator Thomas Schall defeated Democrat Einar Hoidale by less than two points in the best showing for the Democrats in the direct election era. All 10 U.S. Representatives – nine Republicans and one Farmer-Laborite – won reelection this cycle.

In nonpartisan races, Andrew Holt and Royal Stone were reelected Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1930 State House, District 02 General Harold R. Atwood (Nonpartisan) won with 3,775 votes (52.79%) and a winning margin of +5.58
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Harold R. Atwood Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 3,775 52.79
John T. Holmay Man Nonpartisan 3,376 47.21

First District.

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11/06/1930 State House, District 01 General Martin W. (M.W.) Williams (Nonpartisan) won with 3,821 votes (54.62%) and a winning margin of +9.23
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Martin W. (M.W.) Williams Man Nonpartisan 3,821 54.62
Mrs. D. McGillivray Woman Nonpartisan 3,175 45.38

Williams was a resident of Lanesboro and former Republican state Representative (HD 05, 1913-1915).

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11/06/1930 State House, District 01 General Iver G. Iverson (Nonpartisan) won with 4,003 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Iver G. Iverson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 4,003 100.00
11/06/1930 State House, District 01 General O.K. Dahle (Nonpartisan) won with 6,565 votes (55.80%) and a winning margin of +11.59
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
O.K. Dahle Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 6,565 55.80
Gerhard Byholt Man Nonpartisan 5,201 44.20

At-large seat.

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11/06/1930 State House, District 02 General David Davidson (Nonpartisan) won with 2,463 votes (57.88%) and a winning margin of +15.77
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
David Davidson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 2,463 57.88
L.J. Brown Man Nonpartisan 1,792 42.12

Second District.

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