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New York gubernatorial election, 1958

The 1958 New York state election was held on November 4, 1958, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, a judge of the New York Court of Appeals and a U.S. Senator, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


In January 1957, Jacob K. Javits took his seat in the U.S. Senate and thus vacated the office of New York State Attorney General. On January 9, the New York State Legislature elected Louis J. Lefkowitz to the office for the unexpired term.

Marvin R. Dye had been elected to the Court of Appeals in 1944, thus his 14-year term would expire at the end of the year.


The Socialist Labor state convention met on March 23 and nominated Eric Hass for Governor.[1]

The "United Independent Socialist Campaign Committee" met on July 17 and selected John T. McManus for Governor; and Dr. Annette T. Rubinstein for Lieutenant Governor.[2]

The Independent-Socialist Party filed a petition to nominate candidates to five offices on September 9 with the Secretary of State.[3]

The Democratic state convention met on August 25 at Buffalo, New York, and re-nominated Governor W. Averell Harriman and Lt. Gov. George B. DeLuca.[4] The convention continued on August 26 and into the early hours of August 27. They nominated D.A. of New York Frank S. Hogan for the U.S. Senate after a roll call (vote: Hogan 772, Thomas E. Murray[5] 304).[6]

The Republican state convention met on August 26 at Rochester, New York, and nominated Nelson A. Rockefeller for Governor.[7]

The Liberal Party met on August 26, and endorsed the Democratic nominees Harriman, DeLuca and Levitt; and nominated Thomas K. Finletter for the U.S. Senate.[8] On August 28, Finletter declined to run, and urged the Liberals to back Hogan.[9] On September 4, the Liberals substituted Democrat Hogan for Finletter on the ticket, but rejected the endorsement of Crotty.[10] They completed the ticket with Edward Goodell for Attorney General.[11]


Almost the whole Republican ticket was elected, only the Democratic Comptroller Arthur Levitt managed to stay in office.

The incumbents Levitt, Lefkowitz and Dye were re-elected. The incumbents Harriman and DeLuca were defeated.

1958 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket Liberal ticket Independent-Socialist ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller 3,126,929 W. Averell Harriman 2,553,895 W. Averell Harriman John T. McManus 31,658 Eric Hass
Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson George B. DeLuca George B. DeLuca Annette T. Rubinstein[12] John Emanuel[13]
Comptroller James A. Lundy Arthur Levitt Arthur Levitt Hugh Mulzac Milton Herder
Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz Peter J. Crotty[14] Edward Goodell[15] Scott K. Gray, Jr. (none)
Judge of the Court of Appeals Marvin R. Dye Marvin R. Dye Marvin R. Dye (none) (none)
U.S. Senator Kenneth B. Keating Frank S. Hogan Frank S. Hogan 275,051 Corliss Lamont 49,087 Stephen Emery[16]


  • The number is total of votes on Democratic and Liberal tickets for Harriman/DeLuca.
  • The vote for Governor is used to define ballot access, for automatic access are necessary 50,000 votes.


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