Secretary of State, 1956 Election

Primary Republican

Date: September 11, 1956
Cycle: 1956
Office: Secretary of State
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
C. Elmer Anderson Man Republican 190,133 63.31 +32.56
Mrs. Mike (Virginia) Holm Woman Republican 92,345 30.75
W.D. (Jack) Ritter Man Republican 17,830 5.94

Anderson was a former Minnesota Lieutenant Governor (1939-1943; 1945-1953) and Governor (1951-1955).

Holm was a former Secretary of State (1952-1955) from Rochester.

Ritter was a resident of Anoka, ran a wholesale barber supply business, and was a candidate for Secretary of State in 1952 (general and special) and 1954.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1957-1958 (p. 525).