1936 Election Cycle

Franklin Roosevelt carried Minnesota by 30.8 points for the lone Democratic victory in a statewide race for the most decisive victory in a presidential election by a Democratic nominee. The Farmer-Labor Party held the open seats for Governor and Lieutenant Governor with nominees Elmer Benson and G.T. Lindsten respectively, Attorney General Harry Peterson won a third term, C.A. Halverson unseated five-term Republican Treasurer Julius Schmahl, and Hjalmar Petersen unseated Republican Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner Frank Matson. Republicans only won the office of Secretary of State with Mike Holm victorious in his bid for an eighth term. Andrew Holt and Royal Stone were reelected Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.

In federal races there was a partisan split in the two elections for U.S. Senate. Farmer-Laborite Ernest Lundeen won an election to a full term, replacing nominee Governor Floyd Olson who died in August. Democratic nominee Patrick Delaney withdrew from the race in October to help ensure Olson would defeat Republican congressman and former Governor Theodore Christianson. Republican Guy Howard won a special election to serve the remaining few months of the term of Thomas Schall who died in December 1935.

In U.S. House elections, the Farmer-Labor Party picked off two seats from the Republicans, flipping the open 5th CD seat with Dewey Johnson and defeating incumbent William Pittenger in the 8th CD with John Bernard. The Farmer-Laborites won five seats, the Republicans three, and the Democrats one.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/03/1936 Supreme Court Associate Justice Primary Andrew Holt (Nonpartisan) won with 195,331 votes (24.46%) and a winning margin of +12.22
Royal Stone (Nonpartisan) won with 193,404 votes (24.22%) and a winning margin of +11.98
William Vanderburgh (Nonpartisan) won with 124,915 votes (15.64%) and a winning margin of +3.40
Edward J. Lee (Nonpartisan) won with 114,660 votes (14.36%) and a winning margin of +2.12
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Andrew Holt Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 195,331 24.46
Royal Stone Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 193,404 24.22
William Vanderburgh Man Nonpartisan 124,915 15.64
Edward J. Lee Man Nonpartisan 114,660 14.36
Joseph A. Poirier Man Nonpartisan 97,737 12.24
Charles L. DeReu Man Nonpartisan 72,563 9.09

Associate Justice Holt was renominated in his campaign for a sixth term.

Associate Justice Stone was renominated in his campaign for a fourth term.

Vanderburgh was an attorney from Minneapolis, candidate for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, and 1928, and nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1926, 1930, 1932, and 1934. He was the son of Charles Vandenburgh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1882-1894.

Lee was an attorney from Minneapolis, nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1928, 1930, and 1932, and Democratic candidate for the 5th CD in 1934.

Poirier was an attorney from Minneapolis, former assistant Hennepin County Attorney, former assistant Attorney General, and Farmer-Labor candidate for the 5th CD in 1930.

DeReu was a resident of Marshall and nominee for HD 13 in 1924.

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11/03/1936 State House, District 15 General Albert G. Lieske (Nonpartisan) won with 3,478 votes (52.58%) and a winning margin of +5.15
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Albert G. Lieske Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 3,478 52.58
W.C. Doerr Man Nonpartisan 3,137 47.42

Rematch. Doerr was was farmer from Winthrop and former state Representative (HD 15, 1931-1935).

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11/03/1936 State House, District 15 General Joseph J. Daun (Nonpartisan) won with 3,679 votes (55.89%) and a winning margin of +11.79
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Joseph J. Daun Man Nonpartisan 3,679 55.89
John C. Kettner Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 2,903 44.11
11/03/1936 State House, District 14 General Hans M. (H.M.) Aune (Nonpartisan) won with 4,766 votes (54.47%) and a winning margin of +8.94
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Hans M. (H.M.) Aune Man Nonpartisan 4,766 54.47
Fred H. Dawson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 3,984 45.53
11/03/1936 State House, District 21 General William Witt (Nonpartisan) won with 3,256 votes (50.97%) and a winning margin of +1.94
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
William Witt Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 3,256 50.97
John S. (J.S.) Peshek Man Nonpartisan 3,132 49.03