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New York state election, 1956

The 1956 New York state election was held on November 6, 1956, to elect a U.S. Senator, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Republican state convention met on September 10 at Albany, New York, and nominated New York State Attorney General Jacob K. Javits.[1]

The Democratic state convention met on September 10 at Albany, New York, and nominated Mayor of New York City Robert F. Wagner, Jr., for the U.S. Senate.[2]

The Liberal Party endorsed the Democratic nominee, Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr., for the U.S. Senate.[3]

On October 1, a movement was launched to vote for General of the Army Douglas MacArthur as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate.[4] On October 2, MacArthur disavowed the campaign, and stated that he was not a candidate.[5]


The Republican candidate was elected.

1956 state election result
Ticket / Office U.S. Senator
Republican Jacob K. Javits 3,723,933
Democratic Robert F. Wagner, Jr. 2,964,511
Liberal Robert F. Wagner, Jr. 300,648


  • Official result: STATE ELECTORS TO VOTE MONDAY; But Harriman Will Not Hold Reception for Republicans; Final Tally Listed; Dewey Held Receptions; 4.3 Million for Eisenhower in NYT on December 11, 1956 (subscription required)


  1. ^ G.O.P. UNANIMOUS; ...JAVITS IS NAMED FOR SENATE RACE in NYT on September 11, 1956 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Wagner's Address Accepting Democratic Senatorial Nomination in NYT on September 11, 1956 (subscription required)
  3. ^ STEVENSON PUTS RACIAL 'CLIMATE' UP TO PRESIDENT; ...Wins Liberal Nomination, With Mayor Wagner Party Nominates Slate in NYT on September 12, 1956 (subscription required)
  4. ^ WRITE-IN STATE VOTE FOR M'ARTHUR URGED in NYT on October 2, 1956 (subscription required)
  5. ^ M'ARTHUR DISAVOWS BID; General Repeats He Is Not Candidate for Senate in NYT on October 3, 1956 (subscription required)

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