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Maine gubernatorial election, 1958

Maine gubernatorial election, 1958

September 8, 1958

 
Nominee Clinton Clauson Horace A. Hildreth
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 145,673 134,572
Percentage 51.98% 48.02%

Governor before election

Edmund Muskie
Democratic

Elected Governor

Clinton Clauson
Democratic

The 1958 Maine gubernatorial election took place on September 8, 1958. Incumbent Democratic Governor Edmund Muskie, was term limited and seeking election to the United States Senate, thus did not run. Democrat Clinton Clauson, then mayor of Waterville, unexpectedly defeated Muskie's chosen Democratic candidate in the primary, and faced off against the popular previous two term Republican Governor, Horace A. Hildreth in the general election. Hildreth was the heavy favorite to win, however Clauson was able to narrowly defeat him, retaining the Blaine House for the Democrats.

The election was also the last time that Maine would hold its election in September. Traditionally, Maine had held its elections two months before the rest of the nation, which had help give birth to the phrase "As Maine goes, so goes the nation" and its status as a bellwether state. However, following a 1957 referendum, the state constitution was amended to hold all elections after 1958 in November.

Results

1958 Gubernatorial Election, Maine[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Clinton Clauson 145,673 51.98% -
Republican Horace A. Hildreth 134,572 48.02% -
Majority 11,101 3.96%

Notes

  1. ^ Guide to US Elections, Fifth Edition, Volume II. CQ Press. 2005. pp. 1497–1499.  


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