1952 Election Cycle

Minnesota brought back the presidential primary for the first time since 1916 with former Republican Governor Harold Stassen and DFL U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey winning their party’s respective contests. In November, the GOP ended its five-cycle slide with Dwight Eisenhower carrying Minnesota by 11 points.

Republicans also held most major offices with Governor C. Elmer Anderson winning election to his first full term, Attorney General J.A.A. Burnquist winning his record eighth and final term, Treasurer Val Bjornson reelected to a second term, appointed Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner Wally Lund winning special and general elections. Additionally, former state Senator Ancher Nelsen was elected Lieutenant Governor for the GOP and Virginia Holm, widow of former 16-term Secretary of State Mike Holm, was elected to her late husband’s seat with special and general election victories. The DFL did flip one seat on the Railroad and Warehouse Commission with Paul Rasmussen carrying the open seat.

U.S. Senator Edward Thye won a second term and, for the second consecutive cycle, all nine incumbent U.S. Representatives were reelected – five Republicans and four DFLers.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Frank Gallagher was elected to a second term.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/05/1952 State House, District 42 General Claude H. Allen (Nonpartisan) won with 14,729 votes (60.78%) and a winning margin of +21.56
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Claude H. Allen Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 14,729 60.78
A. Laurence Davis Man Nonpartisan 9,505 39.22

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11/05/1952 State House, District 41 General Joseph E. (Joe) Karth (Nonpartisan) won with 13,866 votes (29.59%) and a winning margin of +6.64
Bill Shovell (Nonpartisan) won with 12,308 votes (26.26%) and a winning margin of +3.32
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Joseph E. (Joe) Karth Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 13,866 29.59
Bill Shovell Man Nonpartisan 12,308 26.26
Roy P. Nadeau Man Nonpartisan 10,753 22.95
Frank Halvorsen Man Nonpartisan 9,937 21.20
11/05/1952 State House, District 40 General Peter S. Popovich (Nonpartisan) won with 7,293 votes (52.17%) and a winning margin of +4.33
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Peter S. Popovich Man Nonpartisan 7,293 52.17
Louis W. Hill Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 6,687 47.83
11/05/1952 State House, District 40 General Alfred J. (Al) Otto (Nonpartisan) won with 1,358 votes (69.53%) and a winning margin of +39.07
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Alfred J. (Al) Otto Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 1,358 69.53
Richard T. O'Connor Man Nonpartisan 595 30.47
11/05/1952 State House, District 13 General Will N. Nelson (Nonpartisan) won with 5,876 votes (58.12%) and a winning margin of +16.24
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Will N. Nelson Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 5,876 58.12
Lester R. Christianson Man Nonpartisan 4,234 41.88