1956 Election Cycle

Minnesota held its third presidential primary in March and its last until 1992 with President Dwight Eisenhower and Tennessee U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver winning the GOP and DFL primaries respectively. Eisenhower’s victory in November over Adlai Stevenson shrunk to single digits this cycle.

As a result, the GOP was only able to flip one of the major offices lost in the 1954 DFL wave: former Treasurer Val Bjornson won back his old seat by notching just shy of 4,000 more votes than incumbent Arthur Hansen. The remaining five DFL incumbents holding statewide office on the ballot were reelected by single digits: Governor Orville Freeman, Lieutenant Governor Karl Rolvaag, Secretary of State Joseph Donovan, Attorney General Miles Lord, and Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner Paul Rasmussen.

All nine incumbent U.S. Representatives – five DFLers and four Republicans – won another term in Washington, D.C.

Associate Justice Leroy Matson and appointed Justice William Murphy were both victorious in elections to the state Supreme Court.

Elections

Date Office Stage Winners Details
11/06/1956 State House, District 67 General Everett Battles (Nonpartisan) won with 2,928 votes (54.39%) and a winning margin of +8.79
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Everett Battles Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 2,928 54.39
Clarence Wallin Man Nonpartisan 2,455 45.61
11/06/1956 State House, District 67 General Richard W. Fitzsimons (Nonpartisan) won with 3,748 votes (57.62%) and a winning margin of +15.23
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Richard W. Fitzsimons Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 3,748 57.62
Robert (Bob) Prickett Man Nonpartisan 2,757 42.38
11/06/1956 State House, District 67 General Odin E.S. Langen (Nonpartisan) won with 2,286 votes (54.85%) and a winning margin of +9.69
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Odin E.S. Langen Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 2,286 54.85
Lawrence W. Jansen Man Nonpartisan 1,882 45.15
11/06/1956 State House, District 66 General Harvey A. Wilder (Nonpartisan) won with 7,660 votes (27.69%) and a winning margin of +1.66
Leland A. Affeldt (Nonpartisan) won with 7,604 votes (27.49%) and a winning margin of +1.45
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Harvey A. Wilder Man Nonpartisan 7,660 27.69
Leland A. Affeldt Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 7,604 27.49
Reuben H. Tweten Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 7,202 26.03
T. Jacobson Vikse Man Nonpartisan 5,199 18.79
11/06/1956 State House, District 59 General Francis (Frenchy) LaBrosse (Nonpartisan) won with 14,267 votes (35.53%) and a winning margin of +9.53
Willard M. Munger (Nonpartisan) won with 11,710 votes (29.16%) and a winning margin of +3.16
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent
Francis (Frenchy) LaBrosse Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 14,267 35.53
Willard M. Munger Incumbent Man Nonpartisan 11,710 29.16
D.T. Grussendorf Man Nonpartisan 10,442 26.01
Gilbert O. Leslie Man Nonpartisan 3,732 9.29