Minnesota gubernatorial election, 1962

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Minnesota gubernatorial election, 1962

← 1960 November 6, 1962 1966 →
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Nominee Karl Rolvaag Elmer Andersen
Party DFL Republican
Popular vote 619,842 619,751
Percentage 49.713% 49.706%

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County Results

Governor before election

Elmer Andersen

Elected Governor

Karl Rolvaag

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.


1962 Gubernatorial Election, Minnesota
Party Candidate Votes % ±
DFL Karl Rolvaag 619,842 49.713% +0.63%
Republican Elmer Andersen 619,751 49.706% -0.85%
Industrial Government William Braatz 7,234 0.5802% +0.22%
Majority 91 0.01%
Turnout 1,246,827
DFL gain from Republican Swing

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