Secretary of State, 1952 Election

Primary Republican

Date: September 9, 1952
Cycle: 1952
Office: Secretary of State
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Virginia (Mrs. Mike) Holm Woman Republican 120,989 32.33 +9.12
Elmer Stassen Man Republican 86,877 23.22
Ludwig I. Roe Man Republican 40,287 10.77
Robert Lundquist Man Republican 21,456 5.73
Margaret Chase Woman Republican 16,358 4.37
John J. McCarthy Man Republican 16,114 4.31
George Matson Man Republican 15,900 4.25
R.E. (Andy) Anderson Man Republican 11,544 3.08
Peter Matson Man Republican 8,576 2.29
Earl M. Anderson Man Republican 8,144 2.18
Earl Oren Man Republican 6,813 1.82
Philip Griffin Man Republican 6,594 1.76
Kevin Farley Man Republican 5,021 1.34
Wellman (W.D., Jack) Ritter Man Republican 4,996 1.34
Ken Nelson Man Republican 4,553 1.22
Harry Skoog Man Republican 4,204 1.12
Oliver Wanglie Man Republican 1,846 0.49

Holm was a former secretary and office manager from St. Paul and the widow of former 16-term Secretary of State Mike Holm.

Stassen was a resident of South St. Paul, the brother of former three-term Governor Harold Stassen, and a past president of the Minnesota Food Retailers Association.

Roe was a resident of Montevideo and editor and publisher of the Montevideo News.

Lundquist was a grocer from Minneapolis, former 9th Ward Alderman (1947-1951), and candidate for 2nd District Hennepin County Commissioner in 1950.

Chase was a resident of Farmington and city editor of the Hastings Gazette.

McCarthy was a resident of Owatonna and former executive assistant to Senator Edward Thye.

George Matson was a resident of Redwood Falls and Sheriff of Redwood County.

Andy Anderson was an owner and operator of a motor vehicle title clearing house and resident of Minneapolis.

Peter Matson was an attorney from Minneapolis and real estate and insurance man.

Earl Anderson was a Justice of the Peace and former two-term Mayor of Maple Plain.

Oren was a resident of St. Paul and president and manager of a transit company.

Griffin was a resident of Minneapolis.

Farley was a resident of Minneapolis stationed in Europe with the U.S. Army.

Ritter was a resident of Anoka who ran a wholesale barber supply business. He was also a candidate for Secretary of State in 1956.

Nelson was a farmer from Farmington.

Skoog was a resident of Minneapolis.

Wanglie was a Minneapolis attorney who also sought the GOP nomination for Secretary of State in 1948 and 1950.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1953 (p. 351).