Oregon gubernatorial election, 1918

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Oregon gubernatorial election, 1918

← 1914 November 5, 1918 1922 →

  James Withycombe.jpg Walter M. Pierce Oregon.jpg
Nominee James Withycombe Walter M. Pierce
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 81,067 65,440
Percentage 53.0% 42.8%

Oregon gubernatorial election results 1918.svg
County results

Governor before election

James Withycombe

Elected Governor

James Withycombe

The 1918 Oregon gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1918 to elect the governor of the U.S. state of Oregon. The election matched incumbent Republican James Withycombe against Democratic State Senator Walter M. Pierce.

Withycombe's reelection campaign capitalized on his wartime acts, portraying him as a wartime Governor actively protecting the state and aiding the defense of the United States. Withycombe died in office in March 1919, just two months into his second term. As prescribed by Oregon law, Oregon Secretary of State Ben Olcott succeeded Withycombe in office.


Oregon gubernatorial election, 1918[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Withycombe 81,067 52.99%
Democratic Walter M. Pierce 65,440 42.78%
Socialist Benjamin Franklin Ramp 6,480 4.24%
Total votes 152,987 100.00%
Republican hold


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - OR Governor Race - Nov 03, 1914". Retrieved April 13, 2016.