Alabama gubernatorial election, 1958

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The Alabama gubernatorial election of 1958 was held on November 3.

Democratic Party nomination[edit]

At this time Alabama was de facto one-party state. Because of this, every Democratic Party nominee was considered safe for election. The real contest for governor took place during this party primaries.

Incumbent popular Governor of Alabama Jim Folsom, a racial moderate, was barred from seeking second term. This left primary an open contest.

Candidates:

The two front-runners, Patterson and Wallace, held deeply different positions on racial segregation issues. While Patterson, known primarily as crime-fighting attorney general, ran on a very segregationist platform and accepted an official endorsement from Ku Klux Klan, Wallace, a close ally of Folsom, refused to cooperate with the KKK and was endorsed by the NAACP.

Primary results[edit]

Primaries held on June 3, 1958.

  • Patterson - 196,859 (31.82%)
  • Wallace - 162,435 (26.26%)
  • Faulkner - 91,512 (14.79%)
  • Todd - 59,240 (9.58%)
  • Battle - 38,955 (6.30%)
  • Hawkins - 24,332 (3.93%)
  • Owen - 15,270 (2.47%)
  • Harrison - 12,488 (2.02%)
  • Walker - 7,963 (1.29%)
  • Dodd - 4,753 (0.77%)
  • Crommelin - 2,245 (0.36%)
  • Elebash - 1,177 (0.19%)
  • Gulatte - 798 (0.13%)
  • Price - 655 (0.11%)

Runoff[edit]

The run-off primary was held on June 24, 1958.

Because no one of candidates won majority (over 50%) runoff was to be determined which of two top candidates will won nomination.

  • Patterson - 315,353 (55.74%)
  • Wallace - 250,451 (44.27%)

Republican Party nomination[edit]

William Longshore, a former Republican Party nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 9th district (lost, winning 34.12% votes) won the gubernatorial nomination unopposed.

General election[edit]

  • John Malcolm Patterson (Democratic) - 234,583 (88.22%)
  • William Longshore (Republican) - 30,415 (11.44%)
  • William Jackson (Independent) - 903 (0.34%)

After his defeat, George Wallace, who was a racial moderate, modified his public position in order to gain the white support necessary to win the next election.

References[edit]

http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=80047