Lieutenant Governor, 1918 Election

Primary Republican

Date: June 17, 1918
Cycle: 1918
Office: Lieutenant Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Thomas Frankson Incumbent Man Republican 130,052 40.36 +1.96
Ralph E. Crane Man Republican 123,751 38.40
Andrew D. (A.D.) Stephens Man Republican 68,439 21.24

Frankson won his renomination bid in what stands as the fourth closest primary election for the office in Republican Party history.

Crane, was a farmer from Grand Meadow and sitting state Representative (HD 06, 1911-1915; HD 05, 1917-1919). He was backed by the Nonpartisan League.

Stephens was a resident of Crookston, vice president of the Northern National Bank of Bemidji, and former state Senator (SD 62, 1903-1911).


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1917 (p. 252).