New York gubernatorial election, 1918

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New York gubernatorial election, 1918

← 1916 November 5, 1918 1920 →
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Nominee Al Smith Charles S. Whitman Charles W. Ervin
Party Democratic Republican Socialist
Running mate Harry C. Walker Edward Schoeneck Ella Reeve Bloor
Popular vote 1,009,936 995,094 121,705
Percentage 47.36% 46.66% 5.71%

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County results

Governor before election

Charles S. Whitman

Elected Governor

Al Smith

The 1918 New York gubernatorial election took place on November , 1918, to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York, concurrently with elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Due to New York having the most electoral votes at the time Al Smith`s victory would lead to his nomination as the Democratic candidate in the 1928 Presidential Election and in 10 years Franklin D. Roosevelt`s victory would lead to him becoming president in 1932.

Major Party Candidates[edit]

The Republican Party (United States) backed the current governor and former district attorney Charles S. Whitman who had defeated his Democratic opponent Samuel Seabury by 148,958 votes in 1916 and the Democratic Party (United States) chose the Catholic 8th President of the New York City Board of Aldermen and future presidential candidate Al Smith.

Third Party Candidates[edit]

Two socialist candidates ran for governor. The Socialist Party of America chose Charles W. Ervin and the Socialist Labor Party of America chose newspaper editor and political activist Olive M. Johnson.

Election Results[edit]

Gubernatorial election in New York, 1918[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage
Democratic Al Smith / Harry C. Walker 1,009,936 47.36%
Republican Charles S. Whitman / Edward Schoeneck 995,094 46.66%
Socialist Charles W. Ervin / Ella Reeve Bloor 121,705 5.71%
Socialist Labor Olive M. Johnson / August Gillhaus 5,183 0.24%
Write-ins Write-ins 530 0.02%
Totals 2,132,448 100.00%
Democratic Gain