Alabama gubernatorial election, 1958
|Elections in Alabama|
The Alabama gubernatorial election of 1958 was held on November 3.
Democratic Party nomination
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.
- Attorney General John Malcolm Patterson
- Third Judicial Circuit Judge George Wallace
- Former State legislator Jimmy Faulkner
- Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries A. W. Todd
- U.S. Representative Laurie C. Battle
- George C. Hawkins
- C. C. Owen
- Karl Harrison
- Billy Walker
- W. E. Dodd
- Rear Admiral John G. Crommelin
- Shearen Elebash
- James Gulatte
- Alternate Delegate to the 1952 Democratic National Convention Shorty Price
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.
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%)
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
- 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.