Governor, 1948 Election

Primary Republican

Date: September 14, 1948
Cycle: 1948
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Luther Youngdahl Incumbent Man Republican 215,754 57.84 +17.99
Stafford King Man Republican 148,636 39.84
William Daley Man Republican 2,646 0.71
Walt (W.J.) Werner Man Republican 2,344 0.63
W.E. (Gene) Cooper Man Republican 1,939 0.52
Golden (Goldie) Davis Man Republican 1,722 0.46

Governor Youngdahl was renominated.

King was the sitting state Auditor (1931-1969) from St. Paul.

Daley was a resident of Backus.

Werner was a salesman from Blue Earth.

Cooper was Mayor of Edina.

Davis was a farm hand from Rochester.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1949 (p. 169).