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California gubernatorial election, 1946

California gubernatorial election, 1946

November 5, 1946

Nominee Earl Warren Henry R. Schmidt
Party Republican Prohibition
Popular vote 2,344,542 180,579
Percentage 91.64 7.06

Governor before election

Earl Warren

Elected Governor

Earl Warren

The California gubernatorial election, 1946 was held on November 5, 1946. It is notable in that the incumbent, Governor Earl Warren, was nominated by both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as the Progressive party. Warren subsequently was reelected in the general election with more than 90% of the vote.


  • Republican Primary 1
  • Democratic Primary 2
  • General election results 3
  • References 4

Republican Primary

June 5, 1946
Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Gov. Earl Warren (Incumbent) 774,302 91.10
Robert Walker Kenny 70,331 8.27
William E. Riker 5,359 0.63

Democratic Primary

June 5, 1946
Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Gov. Earl Warren (Incumbent) 593,180 51.93
Robert Walker Kenny 530,968 46.49
A. Beldon Gilbert 9,865 0.86
William E. Riker 8,175 0.72

General election results

1946 gubernatorial election, California
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Earl Warren (incumbent) 2,344,542 91.64
Prohibition Henry R. Schmidt 180,579 7.06
Communist Archie Brown 22,606 0.88
Democratic James Roosevelt 3,210 0.13
Independent Robert Walker Kenny 1,636 0.06
Independent Albert Clark 835 0.03
Total votes 0 100.0%
Republican hold Swing


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