White primaries were primary elections held in the Southern United States in which only white voters were permitted to participate
Beginning of the end for the White Primary came with two events, one in Texas, the other in Georgia. The 1944 case of Smith vs. Allwright was the Supreme Court decision that ruled the Texas White Primary was unconstitutional. It forced Georgiato allow African-Americans to vote in the Democratic primary.
Eugene Talmadge was elected for his 4th term in 1946. He supported white primary and promised to bring it back. He passed away before being able to serve this term, and this started the 1946 Governors election.
GOVERNOR 1946 EUGENE TALMADGE
Herman Talmadge,Ellis Arnell, and M. E. Thompson were the 3 governors
Herman felt that he should be govenor because he had write in votes and the General Assembly choose him.
Ellis was the Governor before Talmadge, and he did not want to leave the office unattended, so he said he would stay until the next election.
Thompson was the new Lt. Governor but he had not been sworn in yet, so he was not able to just become the Governor right away, so the court had to decide.
The Georgia legislature planed to elect a governor in January 1947. When the General Assembly elected Talmadge's son Herman Talmadge as governor, the newly elected lieutenant governor, Melvin E. Thompson, claimed the office of governor, and the outgoing governor, Ellis Arnall, refused to leave office. Eventually, the Georgia Supreme Court settled the controversy, and Melvin E. Tompson was elected. For the next term.