On December 21, 1946, Eugene Talmadge died after he was elected to be governor of Georgia. Since he hadn't been sworn in, so his lieutenant governor hadn't been sworn in either.
Although the state constitution stated that the lieutenant governor was next in the line of succession, M.E. Thompson hadn't been sworn in, therefore he wasn't lieutenant governor just yet. What should've been a time of mourning turned into a fight for the governor seat. Let's meet our fighters:
Herman Talmadge Winner of a secret write-in ballot, son of Eugene Talmadge. Ran on the idea that he'd bring back the White Primary, even though it had been ruled as unconstitutional. He was chosen by the General Assembly to be governor, but his write-in campaign was found to be fraudulent.
Yeah we can, you racist!
Get outta here, you can't vote in the Democratic party!
Ellis Arnall Sitting governor. Sitting until someone is elected. Doesn't want to stay for a whole term.
M.E. Thompson was the elected lieutenant governor, however, since he wasn't sworn in, he technically wasn't in the line of succession yet.
M.E. Thompson was sworn in as Georgia's governor January 14th, 1947. He had to stay in an information kiosk, because Herman Talmadge's voters changed the locks on the governor's office.