New York gubernatorial election, 1950

The 1950 New York state election was held on November 7, 1950, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General and a U.S. Senator, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Socialist Workers state convention met on July 9, and nominated Michael Bartell for Governor; Gladys Barker for Lieutenant Governor; and Joseph Hansen for the U.S. Senate.[1] The petition to nominate candidates was filed on September 5 with the Secretary of State.[2]

The American Labor state convention met on September 6 and nominated John T. McManus for Governor; Dr. Clementina J. Paolone, an obstetrician, for Lieutenant Governor; Michael Jiminez for Comptroller; Frank Scheiner for Attorney General; and Dr. W.E.B. DuBois for the U.S. Senate.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 7 at Saratoga Springs, New York. They re-nominated Governor Thomas E. Dewey and Attorney General Nathaniel L. Goldstein; and nominated Lieutenant Governor Joe R. Hanley for the U.S. Senate; Comptroller Frank C. Moore for Lieutenant Governor; and State Senator J. Raymond McGovern for Comptroller.[4]

The Democratic state convention met on September 7 at Rochester, New York, and nominated Congressman Walter A. Lynch for Governor; Richard H. Balch for Lieutenant Governor; New York City Treasurer Spencer C. Young for Comptroller; Francis J. D'Amanda for Attorney General; and re-nominated the incumbent U.S. Senator Herbert H. Lehman[5]

The Liberal state convention met on September 6 and 7 at the Statler Hotel in New York City, and endorsed the Democratic nominees Lynch and Lehman, but rejected the other three.[6] However, on September 11, the Liberal State Committee substituted the other three Democratic nominees Balch, Young and D'Amanda on the ticket.[7]


Almost the whole Republican ticket was elected in a landslide. Only the Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator, Ex-Governor Herbert H. Lehman, managed to stay in office.

The incumbents Dewey, Goldstein and Lehman were re-elected.

This was the last election with separate votes for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. An amendment adopted in 1953 required the voters to cast a joint vote for the candidates running for these two offices on any ticket, which has been done since the election of 1954.

1950 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket Liberal ticket American Labor ticket Socialist Workers ticket Industrial Government ticket
Governor Thomas E. Dewey 2,819,523 Walter A. Lynch 1,990,156 Walter A. Lynch 256,699 John T. McManus 221,966 Michael Bartell 13,274 Eric Hass 7,254
Lieutenant Governor Frank C. Moore 2,615,369 Richard H. Balch 1,942,902 Richard H. Balch Clementina J. Paolone 220,898 Gladys Barker Nathan Karp 8,384
Comptroller J. Raymond McGovern 2,523,744 Spencer C. Young[8] 1,997,149 Spencer C. Young Michael Jiminez 209,845 Harry Ring Bronko Papadopolos
Attorney General Nathaniel L. Goldstein Francis J. D'Amanda[9] 1,983,949 Francis J. D'Amanda Frank Scheiner 212,990 Arthur Preis
U.S. Senator Joe R. Hanley 2,385,353 Herbert H. Lehman 2,319,719 Herbert H. Lehman 312,594 W. E. B. Du Bois 205,729 Joseph Hansen Stephen Emery


  • "Blank, void and scattering" votes: 164,176 (Gov.)
  • The vote for Governor is used to define ballot access, for automatic access are necessary 50,000 votes.



  • Official Result: in NYT on December 15, 1950 (subscription required)

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