Minnesota's 1962 gubernatorial election was the closest statewide race in Minnesota history and one of the closest gubernatorial elections in American history. The election was held on November 6, 1962, but the results were not known until March 21, 1963. After recounts and court challenges, it was determined that then-Lieutenant Governor Karl Rolvaag of the DFL had defeated Governor Elmer L. Andersen, Republican, by 91 votes out of nearly 1.3 million cast. Rolvaag collected 619,842 votes to Andersen's 619,751.
At that time governors and lieutenant governors were elected on separate ballots. Thus the incumbent governor was a Republican while the lieutenant governor was a Democrat. The 1962 election was also the first four-year term election for Minnesota governor.