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Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1952

Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1952

November 4, 1952

Nominee Christian Herter Paul A. Dever
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,175,955 1,161,499
Percentage 49.90% 49.29%

Governor before election

Paul A. Dever

Elected Governor

Christian Herter

The 1952 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1952. Republican Christian Herter defeated Democratic incumbent Paul A. Dever, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, Peace Progressive candidate Florence H. Luscomb, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams.

In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Republican Sumner G. Whittier defeated Democrat Charles F. Sullivan, Prohibition candidate William R. Ferry, and Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano.


  • Primaries 1
  • General election 2
    • Governor 2.1
    • Lieutenant Governor 2.2
  • References 3


Christian Herter and Paul Dever ran unopposed for their respective nominations. Sumner Whittier ran unopposed for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor.

Charles F. "Jeff" Sullivan defeated Brockton Mayor C. Gerald Lucey, Middlesex County Commissioner Thomas B. Brennan, businessman Thomas J. Kurey, and former State Senators Edward C. Carroll and Joseph L. Murphy for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor.

Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1952 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Charles F. Sullivan 192,945 45.70%
Democratic C. Gerald Lucey 68,914 16.32%
Democratic Joseph L. Murphy 55,546 13.16%
Democratic Thomas B. Brennan 44,239 10.48%
Democratic Edward C. Carroll 42,361 10.03%
Democratic Thomas J. Kurey 18,166 4.30%

General election


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1952 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christian Herter 1,175,955 49.90%
Democratic Paul A. Dever 1,161,499 49.29%
Peace Progressive Florence H. Luscomb 7,502 0.32%
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 6,159 0.26%
Prohibition Guy S. Williams 5,163 0.22%

Lieutenant Governor

Massachusetts Lt. gubernatorial election, 1952 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sumner G. Whittier 1,194,966 51.88%
Democratic Charles F. Sullivan 1,087,865 47.23%
Socialist Labor Francis A. Votano 13,602 0.59%
Prohibition William R. Ferry 7,013 0.30%


  1. ^ Election Statistics; The Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1952. 
  2. ^ a b Election Statistics; The Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1952. 
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