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Following are the results of elections of governors from 1900 until 1948. Party primaries as well as general elections are included whenever possible although Republican totals are not available for some early primaries.

The official canvass from the Legislature, the Archives Section of the Texas State Library, and the Texas Secretary of State annual reports are used when available. Otherwise, reports from various editions of the Texas Almanac are used.

Party designations abbreviated are: Dem., Democratic; Rep., Republican; Lib., Libertarian; Ind., Independent; W-I, write-in.

Under the state Constitution of 1876, governors served two-year terms, until that was amended in 1972 to four-year terms.

1948

Democratic Primary

Beauford H. Jester 642,025 53.27 %
Roger Q. Evans 279,602 23.20 %
Caso March 187,658 15.57 %
Charles B. Hutchison 24,441 2.03 %
Sumpter W. Stockton 21,243 1.76 %
Holmes A. May 20,538 1.70 %
Denver S. Whiteley 16,090 1.33 %
W.J. Minton 13,659 1.13 %
Write-in 1  
Total vote 1,205,257  

General Election

Beauford H. Jester Dem. 1,024,160 84.72 %
Alvin H. Lane Rep. 177,399 14.67 %
Herman Wright Progressive 3,747 0.31 %
Gerald Overholt Prohibition 3,554 0.29 %
Total vote   1,208,860  

 1946

Democratic Primary

Beauford H. Jester 443,804 38.15 %
Homer P. Rainey 291,282 25.04 %
Grover Sellers 162,431 13.96 %
Jerry Sadler 103,120 8.87 %
John Lee Smith 102,941 8.85 %
Caso March 20,529 1.76 %
C.R. Shaw 9,764 0.84 %
Reese Turner 4,914 0.42 %
A.J. Burks 4,881 0.42 %
Chas. B. Hutchison 4,616 0.40 %
Walter Scott McNutt 4,353 0.37 %
Floyd Brinkley 4,249 0.37 %
William V. Brown 3,902 0.34 %
W.J. Minton 2,398 0.21 %
Total vote 1,163,184  

Democratic Runoff

Beauford H. Jester 701,018 66.34 %
Homer P. Rainey 355,654 33.66 %
Total vote 1,056,672  

General Election

Beauford H. Jester Dem. 345,513 91.23 %
Eugene Nolte Jr. Rep. 33,231 8.77 %
Total vote   378,744  

1944

Democratic Primary

Coke R. Stevenson 696,586 84.59 %
Minnie F. Cunningham 48,039 5.83 %
Martin Jones 21,379 2.60 %
Gene S. Porter 15,243 1.85 %
Alex M. Ferguson 12,649 1.54 %
William F. Grimes 9,443 1.15 %
W.J. Minton 8,537 1.04 %
Herbert E. Mills 6,640 0.81 %
Edward L. Carey 4,633 0.56 %
Others 311  
Total vote 823,460  

 General Election

Coke R. Stevenson Dem. 1,007,826 90.95 %
B.J. Peasley Rep. 100,287 9.05 %
Total vote   1,108,113  

1942

Democratic Primary

Coke R. Stevenson 651,218 68.46 %
Hal H. Collins 272,469 28.64 %
Hope Wheeler 9,373 0.99 %
Alex M. Ferguson 8,370 0.88 %
Gene S. Porter 4,933 0.52 %
Charles L. Somerville 4,853 0.51 %
Total vote 951,216  

General Election

Coke R. Stevenson Dem. 280,735 96.83 %
C.K. McDowell Rep. 9,204 3.17 %
Total vote   289,939  

1940

Democratic Primary

W. Lee O'Daniel 645,646 54.29 %
Ernest O. Thompson 256,923 21.60 %
Harry Hines 119,121 10.01 %
Miriam A. Ferguson 100,578 8.46 %
Jerry Sadler 61,396  5.16 %
Arlon B. "Cyclone" Davis Jr. 3,623  0.30 %
R.P. Condron 2,003  0.17 %
Total vote 1,189,290  

General Election

W. Lee O'Daniel Dem. 1,019,338 94.43 %
George C. Hopkins Rep. 59,885 5.55 %
Ben H. Lauderdale Communist 266 0.02 %
Total vote   1,079,489  

 1938

Democratic Primary

W. Lee O'Daniel 573,166 51.41 %
Ernest O. Thompson 231,630 20.78 %
William McCraw 152,278 13.66 %
Tom F. Hunter 117,634 10.55 %
Karl A. Crowley 19,153 1.72 %
P.D. Renfro 8,127 0.73 %
Clarence E. Farmer 3,869 0.35 %
James A. Ferguson 3,800 0.34 %
Marvin P. McCoy 1,491 0.13 %
Thomas Self 1,405 0.13 %
S.T. Brogdon 892 0.08 %
Joseph King 773 0.07 %
Clarence R. Miller 667 0.06 %
Total vote 1,114,885  

 General Election

W. Lee O'Daniel Dem. 358,943 96.84 %
Alexander Boynton Rep. 11,309 3.05 %
Earl E. Miller Socialist 282 0.08 %
Homer Brooks Communist 207 0.06 %
Total vote   370,641  

1936

Democratic Primary

James V. Allred 553,219 52.53 %
Tom F. Hunter 239,460 22.74 %
F.W. Fischer 145,877 13.85 %
Roy Sanderford 81,170 7.71 %
P. Pierce Brooks 33,391 3.17 %
Total vote 1,053,117  

 General Election

James V. Allred Dem. 782,083 92.87 %
C.O. Harris Rep. 58,842 6.99 %
Carl Brannin Socialist 962 0.11 %
Homer Brooks Communist 283 0.03 %
Total vote   842,170  

1934

Democratic Primary

James V. Allred 298,903 29.88 %
Tom F. Hunter 243,254 24.32 %
C.C. McDonald 207,200 20.71 %
Clint C. Small 125,324 12.53 %
Edgar Witt 62,476 6.24 %
Maury Hughes 58,815 5.88 %
Edward K. Russell 4,454 0.45 %
Total vote 1,000,426  

 Democratic Runoff

James V. Allred 499,343 52.10 %
Tom F. Hunter 459,106 47.90 %
Total vote 958,449  

 Republican Primary

D.E. Waggoner (unopposed) 13,043 100.00 %
Total vote 13,043  

General Election

James V. Allred Dem. 428,734 96.44 %
D.E. Waggoner Rep. 13,703 3.08 %
George C. Edwards Socialist 1,862 0.42 %
Enoch Hardaway Communist 260 0.06 %
Total vote   444,559  

 1932

Democratic Primary

Miriam A. Ferguson 402,238 41.56 %
Ross S. Sterling 296,383 30.62 %
Tom F. Hunter 220,391 22.77 %
M.H. Wolfe 32,241 3.33 %
George W. Armstrong 5,312 0.55 %
Roger Q. Evans 3,974 0.41 %
Frank Putnam 2,962 0.31 %
C.A. Frakes 2,338 0.24 %
J. Ed Glenn 2,089 0.22 %
Total vote 967,928  

Democratic Runoff

Miriam A. Ferguson 477,644 50.20 %
Ross S. Sterling 473,846 49.80 %
Total vote 951,490  

 General Election

M.A. Ferguson Dem. 522,395 61.98 %
Orville Bullington Rep. 317,590 37.68 %
George C. Edwards Socialist 1,873 0.22 %
George W. Armstrong Jackson Dem. 768 0.09 %
Philip L. Howe Communist 138 0.02 %
Otho L. Heitt Liberty 134 0.02 %
Total vote   842,868  

 1930

Democratic Primary

Miriam A. Ferguson 242,959 29.15 %
Ross S. Sterling 170,754 20.49 %
Clint C. Small 138,934 16.67 %
Thomas B. Love 87,068 10.45 %
James Young 73,385 8.81 %
Barry Miller 54,652 6.56 %
Earle B. Mayfield 54,459 6.53 %
C.C. Moody 4,382 0.53 %
Paul Loven 2,724 0.33 %
Frank Putnam 2,365 0.28 %
C.E. Walker 1,760 0.21 %
Total vote 833,442  

 Democratic Runoff

Ross S. Sterling 473,371 55.19 %
Miriam A. Ferguson 384,402 44.81 %
Total vote 857,773  

Republican Primary

*George C. Butte 5,001 51.15 %
H.E. Exum 2,773 28.36 %
John F. Grant 1,800 18.41 %
John P. Gaines 203 2.08 %
Total vote 9,777  

General Election

Ross S. Sterling Dem. 252,738 79.97 %
*Wm.E. Talbot Rep. 62,224 19.69 %
L.L. Rhodes Socialist 829 0.26 %
J. Stedham Communist 231 0.07 %
Total vote   316,022  
*Talbot was named the Republican nominee after Butte resigned.

 1928

Democratic Primary

Dan Moody 442,080 59.91 %
Louis J. Wardlaw 245,508 33.27 %
Wm.E. Hawkins 32,076 4.35 %
Edith E. Wilmans 18,237 2.47 %
Total vote 737,901  

 General Election

Dan Moody Dem. 582,968 82.43 %
W.H. Holmes Rep. 123,337 17.44 %
L.L. Rhodes Socialist 787 0.11 %
J. Stedham Communist 109 0.02 %
Total vote   707,201  

1926

Democratic Primary

Dan Moody 409,732 49.89 %
Miriam A Ferguson 283,482 34.52 %
Lynch Davidson 122,449 15.91 %
O.F. Zimmerman 2,962 0.36 %
Edith E. Wilmans 1,580 0.19 %
Kate M. Johnston 1,029 0.13 %
Total vote 821,234  

 Democratic Runoff

Dan Moody 495,723 64.69 %
Miriam A. Ferguson 270,595 35.31 %
Total vote 766,318  

Republican Primary

H.H. Haines 11,215 73.35 %
E.P. Scott 4,074 26.65 %
Total vote 15,289  

General Election

Dan Moody Dem. 233,002 86.75 %
H.H. Haines Rep. 34,819 12.96 %
M.A. Smith Socialist 786 0.29 %
Total vote   268,604  

1924

Democratic Primary

Felix D. Robertson 193,508 27.52 %
Miriam A. Ferguson 146,424 20.82 %
Lynch Davidson 141,208 20.08 %
T.W. Davidson 125,011 17.78 %
Thomas D. Barton 29,217 4.16 %
V.A. Collins 24,864 3.54 %
Joe Burkett 21,720 3.09 %
W.E. Pope 17,136 2.44 %
George W. Dixon 4,035 0.57 %
Total vote 703,123  

 Democratic Runoff

Miriam A. Ferguson 413,751 56.70 %
Felix D. Robertson 316,019 43.30 %
Total vote 729,770  

 General Election

Miriam A. Ferguson Dem. 422,558 58.89 %
George C. Butte Rep. 294,970 41.11 %
Total vote   717,528  

 1922

Democratic Primary

Pat M. Neff 318,000 53.91 %
Fred S. Rogers 195,941 33.21 %
Harry T. Warner 57,671 9.78 %
W.W. King 18,368 3.11 %
Total vote 589,926  

General Election

Pat M. Neff Dem. 334,199 82.01 %
W.H. Atwell Rep. 73,327 17.99 %
    407,526  

 1920

Democratic Primary

Joseph W. Bailey 152,340 33.87 %
Pat M. Neff 149,818 33.31 %
Robert E. Thomason 99,002 22.01 %
Ben F. Looney 48,640 10.81 %
Total vote 449,800  

 Democratic Runoff

In 1918, the primary election law had been amended, requiring a majority for nomination. The first runoff in a governor's race was in 1920.
Pat M. Neff 264,075 58.84 %
Joseph W. Bailey 184,702 41.16 %
  448,777  

General Election

Pat M. Neff Dem. 289,188 60.03 %
J.G. Culberson Rep. 90,217 18.73 %
T.H. McGregor American 69,380 14.40 %
H. Capers Black and Tan Rep. 26,091 5.42 %
L.L. Rhodes Socialist 6,796 1.41 %
Scattering   59  
Total vote   481,731  

 1918

Democratic Primary

W.P. Hobby 461,479 68.02 %
James E. Ferguson 217,012 31.98 %
Total vote 678,491  

General Election

W.P. Hobby Dem. 148,982 84.00 %
Chas.A. Boynton Rep. 26,713 15.06 %
Wm.D. Simpson Socialist 1,660 0.94 %
Total vote   177,355  

 1916

Democratic Primary

James E. Ferguson 240,561 57.02 %
Charles H. Morris 174,611 41.39 %
H.C. Marshall 6,731 1.60 %
Total vote 421,903  

 General Election

James E. Ferguson Dem. 296,667 81.60 %
R.B. Creager Rep. 49,118 13.51 %
E.R. Meitzen Socialist 14,580 4.01 %
H.W. Lewis Prohibition 3,200 0.88 %
Total vote   363,565  

 1914

Democratic Primary

James E. Ferguson 237,062 55.31 %
Thomas H. Ball 191,558 44.69 %
Total vote 428,620  

General Election

James E. Ferguson Dem. 176,599 81.95 %
E.R. Meitzen Socialist 24,977 11.59 %
John W. Philp Rep. 11,411 5.30 %
F.M. Etheridge Progressive 1,794 0.83 %
K.E. Choate Socialist Labor 680 0.32 %
Scattering   29  
Total vote   215,490  

 1912

Democratic Primary

O.B. Colquitt 219,808 55.00 %
William F. Ramsey 179,857 45.00 %
Total vote 399,665  

General Election

O.B. Colquitt Dem. 234,352 77.82 %
Reddin Andrews Socialist 25,258 8.39 %
C.W. Johnson Rep. 23,089 7.67 %
Ed Lasater Progressive 15,794 5.24 %
A.J. Houston Prohibition 2,355 0.78 %
K.E. Choate Socialist Labor 308 0.10 %
Total vote   301,157  

1910

Democratic Primary

O.B. Colquitt 146,871 40.97 %
William Poindexter 80,060 22.33 %
Cone Johnson 76,268 21.28 %
R.V. Davidson 53,367 14.89 %
J. Marion Jones 1,910 0.53 %
Total vote 358,476  

General Election

O.B. Colquitt Dem. 174,596 79.79 %
J.O. Terrell Rep. 26,191 11.97 %
Reddin Andrews Socialist 11,538 5.27 %
A.J. Houston Prohibition 6,052 2.77 %
Carl Schmidt Socialist Labor 436 0.20 %
Total vote   218,813  

 1908

Democratic Primary

Thomas M. Campbell 206,038 63.32 %
R.R. Williams 119,378 36.68 %
Total vote 325,416  

 General Election

Thomas M. Campbell Dem. 218,956 75.79 %
J.N. Simpson Rep. 73,305 24.37 %
J.C. Rhodes Socialist 8,100 2.69 %
W.B. Cook Socialist Labor 234 0.08 %
E.C. Heath Prohibition 148 0.05 %
*Charles L. Martin Independence League 58 0.02 %
Total vote   300,801  
*Although the party was on the ballot, due to a late switch in gubernatorial candidates, Martin's name did not appear.

 1906

Democratic Primary

Thomas M. Campbell 90,345 30.72 %
M.M. Brooks 70,064 23.82 %
O.B. Colquitt 68,529 23.30 %
Charles K. Bell 65,168 22.16 %
Total vote 294,106  
The first primary held in the state.

General Election

Thomas M. Campbell Dem. 149,105 81.17 %
C.A. Gray Rep. 23,771 12.94 %
A.W. Acheson Reorganized Rep. 5,395 2.94 %
G.C. Edwards Socialist 2,958 1.61 %
J.W. Pearson Prohibition 2,215 1.21 %
A.S. Dowler Socialist Labor 260 0.14 %
Total vote   183,704  

 1904

General Election

S.W.T. Lanham Dem. 206,167 73.57 %
J.G. Lowden Rep. 56,865 20.29 %
Pat B. Clark Populist 9,301 3.32 %
W.D. Jackson Prohibition 4,509 1.61 %
Word H. Mills Socialist 2,847 1.02 %
Frank Leitner Socialist Labor 552 0.20 %
Total vote   280,241  

1902

General Election

S.W.T. Lanham Dem. 269,076 74.92 %
George W. Burkett Rep. 65,706 18.29 %
J.M. Mallett Populist 12,387 3.45 %
G.W. Carroll Prohibition 8,708 2.42 %
W.W. Freeman Socialist  
G.H. Royal Socialist Labor  
Scattering   *3,273  
Total vote   359,150  
*Although Freeman and Royal were on the ballot, the Legislature's official canvass reported the results as a total 'Scattering' vote.

1900

General Election

J.D. Sayers Dem. 303,556 67.56 %
R.E. Hanney Rep. 112,864 25.12 %
T.J. McMinn Populist 26,579 5.52 %
G.H. Royal Socialist Labor 155 0.03 %
H.G. Damon Prohibition  
L.L. Rhodes Socialist  
Scattering   *6,155  
Total vote   449,309  
*Although Damon and Rhodes were on the ballot, the Legislature's official canvass reported the results as a total 'Scattering' vote.