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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1948


United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1948

United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1948

November 2, 1948

Nominee Leverett Saltonstall John I. Fitzgerald
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,088,475 954,398
Percentage 52.59% 46.43%

Senator before election

Leverett Saltonstall

Elected Senator

Leverett Saltonstall

The United States Senate election of 1948 in Massachusetts was held on November 2, 1948 with Republican incumbent Leverett Saltonstall defeating his challengers.


  • Candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • Republican 1.2
    • Socialist Workers 1.3
    • Prohibition 1.4
  • Results 2
    • Primaries 2.1
    • General election 2.2
  • References 3




  • Leverett Saltonstall - United States Senator since 1945. Governor of Massachusetts from 1939-1945.

Socialist Workers

  • Henning A. Blomen - Candidate for the US Senate in 1948, Governor of Massachusetts in 1938, 1940, 1942, and 1944, Lt. Governor of Massachusetts in 1936, and Massachusetts Auditor in 1934. [1]


  • E. Tallmadge Root - Prohibition Party candidate for US Senator in 1944 and Governor of Massachusetts in 1940.



Democratic primary [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John I. Fitzgerald 79,663 30.26
Democratic Richard M. Russell 64,191 24.39
Democratic Francis D. Harrigan 44,395 16.87
Democratic John D. Lynch 42,087 15.99
Democratic Joseph A. Langone, Jr. 32,895 12.50

General election

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Leverett Saltonstall 1,088,475 52.95 -11.34
Democratic John I. Fitzgerald 954,398 46.43 +11.53
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 9,266 0.45 -0.19
Prohibition E. Tallmadge Root 3,652 0.18 +0.01


  1. ^ Henning A. Blomen at
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