Oregon gubernatorial special election, 1948

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Oregon gubernatorial special election, 1948
← 1946 November 2, 1948 1950 →
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Nominee Douglas McKay Lew Wallace
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 271,295 226,958
Percentage 53.23% 44.53%

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County results

Governor before election

John Hubert Hall

Elected Governor

Charles A. Sprague

The 1948 Oregon gubernatorial special election took place on November 2, 1948 to elect the governor of the U.S. state of Oregon. A special election was needed due to the death of governor Earl Snell, who was killed in a plane crash on October 28, 1947.


Incumbent governor John Hubert Hall, who took over after Snell's death until the election, lost the Republican nomination 51.13-48.87%, to state senator Douglas McKay, and the Democrats nominated state senator Lew Wallace, who had previously lost to Earl Snell in the 1942 gubernatorial election in a landslide.

In the general election, McKay won the election with 53.23% to Wallace's 44.53%, and was sworn in as Oregon's 25th governor on January 10, 1949.


Oregon gubernatorial election, 1948[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Douglas McKay 271,295 53.23
Democratic Lew Wallace 226,958 44.53
Independent Wendell E. Barnett 11,380 2.23
Total votes 509,633 100
Republican hold


  1. ^ "OR Governor Race - Nov 02, 1948". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 16, 2011.