1934 Election Cycle

Farmer-Labor Governor Floyd Olson won a third term at the top of the ticket with Attorney General Harry Peterson also getting reelected for the party. Farmer-Laborites also flipped two GOP-held seats: Charles Munn defeated Republican Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner Christian Laurisch and Russell Gunderson beat Clerk of the Supreme Court Grace Kaercher Davis. Farmer-Labor state Representative Hjalmar Petersen held his party's open seat for Lieutenant Governor. Republicans Mike Holm and Julius Schmahl won their seventh and fifth terms for Secretary of State and Treasurer respectively. GOP Auditor Stafford King won a second term after a recount against Farmer-Laborite John Lyons.

In federal races, Farmer-Laborite Henrik Shipstead cruised to a third term in the U.S. Senate against Democratic Congressman Einar Hoidale. District lines were finally drawn following the 1932 election which saw all nine U.S. Representatives elected at-large. That set up one incumbent vs. incumbent Republican primary showdown in the 5th CD won by Theodore Christianson over Ray Chase. The general election also saw two incumbents face each other in the 6th CD with Republican Harold Knutson defeating Farmer-Laborite Magnus Johnson. Democrat Elmer Ryan unseated Farmer-Laborite Henry Arens in the 2nd CD and Farmer-Laborite turned independent Francis Shoemaker lost his seat to former Congressman William Pittenger in the 8th CD. Overall, Republicans won five seats, the Farmer-Laborites won three, and Democrats won one.

Appointed Chief Justice John Devaney won election to his seat as did Associate Justice Clifford Hilton and appointed Associate Justice Julius Olson.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1934 State Senate, District 42 General Charles N. Orr (Nonpartisan) won with 18,621 votes (60.82%) and a winning margin of +21.65
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Charles N. Orr Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 18,621 60.82
Russell F. Swensen Man Nonpartisan 11,994 39.18
11/06/1934 State Senate, District 41 General George L. Siegel (Nonpartisan) won with 10,133 votes (100.00%) and a winning margin of +100.00
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
George L. Siegel Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 10,133 100.00
11/06/1934 State Senate, District 40 General Milton C. Lightner (Nonpartisan) won with 7,794 votes (55.39%) and a winning margin of +10.78
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Milton C. Lightner Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 7,794 55.39
John Edmund Burke Man Nonpartisan 6,277 44.61
11/06/1934 State Senate, District 39 General Charles A. Hausler (Nonpartisan) won with 7,747 votes (60.69%) and a winning margin of +21.39
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Charles A. Hausler Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 7,747 60.69
Edward Goenen Man Nonpartisan 5,017 39.31
11/06/1934 State House, District 20 General R.H. Forsythe (Nonpartisan) won with 6,431 votes (50.21%) and a winning margin of +0.43
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
R.H. Forsythe Man Nonpartisan 6,431 50.21
Edmund C. Meisinger Man Nonpartisan 6,376 49.79