1946 Gov Race

1946 Gov Race

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  • I am Eugene Talmadge. In 1946, I ran for GA governor for the 4th time. I ran with the promise of restoring the white primary. In the court case King v. Chapman, the white primary was declared unconstitutional by the Federal District. I DISAGREE!
  • Ellis Arnall, the Governor at the time, supported the decision! He also ended the poll tax.
  • Ellis Arnold
  • I won the governor's election against Carmichael, but died before I could be sworn in. My Lt. Governor elective was Melvin Thompson. Now, me and my followers had the idea that I was likely to die before I could be sworn in (I was not the healthiest chap, and I was very sick at the time), so we secretly wrote-in my son, Herman Talmadge. My death is what caused the 3 Governors Controversy. The 1946 Governor's Race.
  • Carmichael
  • Herman Talmadge
  • Melvin Thompson
  • I had the most write in  votes (though some were fake) and the General Assembly selected me!
  • The G.A. Constitution did not have a plan for who would be Governor if the elect died. Herman, Thompson, and Arnall all believed that they had rights to the Governor's seat...
  • I am the Lt. Governor elect... In other circumstances, I would take over...
  • I am the Governor at the moment. I am not leaving until G.A. figures this out.
  • At first, Herman was going to be the Governor...
  • The write in votes worked, AND the General Assembly l-o-v-e-s me!
  • BUT THEN a nosy newspaper writer got suspicious and decided to investigate Herman's win. You see, he would have lost, but the General Assembly had a 2 hour recess. After the recess, they had "found" missing votes. These votes included votes from deceased people and people that did not exist yet. They were also in alphabetical order. 
  • That doesn't seem right... To the Supreme Court!
  • The "votes" allowed me to win! Success!
  • Sadly, Herman was mistaken. The Supreme Court decided to make Melvin Thompson the governor because he was the Lt. Governor elect.
  • We've finally gotten this in order...
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