New York gubernatorial election, 1920

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New York gubernatorial election, 1920

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Nominee Nathan L. Miller Al Smith Joseph D. Cannon
Party Republican Democratic Socialist
Running mate Jeremiah Wood George R. Fitts Jessie W. Hughan
Popular vote 1,334,540 1,260,335 171,907
Percentage 46.66% 43.82% 5.98%

Governor before election

Al Smith

Elected Governor

Nathan L. Miller

The 1920 New York gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 1920, 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.

Despite losing reelection Al Smith would win the nomination as the Democratic candidate in the 1928 Presidential Election.

Major Party Candidates[edit]

The Republican Party (United States) backed the former New York State Comptroller Nathan L. Miller and the Democratic Party (United States) chose the current governor Al Smith.

Third Party Candidates[edit]

The Socialist Party of America chose Joseph D. Cannon, the Farmer–Labor Party chose attorney and political activist Dudley Field Malone and the Prohibition Party chose lawyer George F. Thompson, after he had failed in the Republican primary.

Republican Primary[edit]

New York gubernatorial Republican primary, 1920[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nathan L. Miller 270,963 65.45%
Republican George F. Thompson 143,040 34.55%
Total votes 414,003 100%

Democratic Primary[edit]

New York gubernatorial Democratic primary, 1920[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Smith 166,628 100.00%
Total votes 166,628 100%


New York gubernatorial election, 1920[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nathan L. Miller 1,334,540 46.66%
Democratic Al Smith 1,009,936 43.82%
Socialist Joseph D. Cannon 171,907 5.98%
Farmer-Labor Dudley Field Malone 68,477 2.38%
Prohibition George F. Thompson 35,509 1.23%
Socialist Labor John P. Quinn 5,015 0.17%
Total votes 2,875,783 100%