White primaries were primary elections that were held in the south where only white voters were permitted to participate. This was a way of disenfranchising blacks. This was eventually ruled unconstitutional.
If you elect me for governor I will bring back the white primary!
On November 5th, 1946, voters rushed to the poles to vote for who they wanted to be the new governor. Eugene Talmadge won.
Unfortunately, Eugene Talmadge died shortly after he was elected from illness. He passed before he was sworn in.
Talmadge's death caused a problem. Georgia was left without a governor, and the constitution did't say what to do when the governor-elect dies before being sworn in.
We were left with all three men claiming the spot. Nobody knew what was supposed to actually happen when the governor-elect dies before being sworn in.
Herman Talmadge: I should be governor because my father was elected!
Ellis Arnall: I will take over since I am already governor! I am not leaving until this is resolved.
Melvin Thompson: I should be governor because I am the lieutenant governor-elect!
The courts came to the decision t follow the constitution and do what is right. Melvin Thompson was the lieutenant governor , and he had the right to take office. It was decided that Melvin Thompson would be governor!