U.S. Senate, 1930 Election


Date: November 4, 1930
Cycle: 1930
Office: U.S. Senate
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Thomas D. Schall Incumbent Man Republican 293,626 37.61 +1.49
Einar Hoidale Man Democrat 282,018 36.13
Ernest Lundeen Man Farmer-Labor 178,671 22.89
Charles A. Lund Man Independent 20,669 2.65
Rudolph Harju Man Communist 5,645 0.72

Senator Schall was reelected to a second term in what stands as the third closest U.S. Senate election in Minnesota history.

Schall died on December 22, 1935. Farmer-Laborite Elmer A. Benson was appointed to the seat on December 27, 1935 and served until November 3, 1936 when Republican Guy V. Howard was elected to the seat on November 4, 1936 to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Farmer-Laborite Elmer A. Benson to the Office of Governor of Minnesota on November 3, 1936.

Hoidale was an attorney from Minneapolis, former prosecuting attorney of Brown County (1900-1906), former judge advocate of the state militia (1900-1908), Democratic candidate for the 5th CD in 1910 and 1912, and Democratic nominee for the 5th CD in 1929. Hoidale served as a U.S. Representative (At-large, 1933-1935) and was also the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 1934.

Lundeen was an attorney from Minneapolis, former state Representative (HD 42, 1911-1915), former U.S. Representative (CD 05, 1917-1919), and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 1922 and 1923. Lundeen ran for the U.S. House multiple times and would later serve two more terms as a Farmer-Laborite (AL, 1933-1935; CD 03, 1935-1937) before getting elected to the U.S. Senate (1937-1940). He was also a candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1924.

Lund was a banker and attorney from Vining, a sitting state Senator (SD 50, 1923-1931), a Republican candidate for Treasurer in 1920, for Lieutenant Governor in 1930, for an at-large U.S. House seat in 1932, and for the 9th CD in 1938. Lund ran as an independent for the U.S. Senate in 1930 following his GOP primary defeat for lieutenant governor. He was nominated by petition.

Harju was a resident of New York Mills and was nominated by petition.


  • Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1930 (p. 11).