Georgia Governor Election of 1946
Updated: 3/9/2020
Georgia Governor Election of 1946
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  • After a short break from politics, Eugene Talmadge returned to run for governor in 1946. He won because he claimed to revive the White Primary, although he had a liver disease.
  • Hi. I am Eugene Talmadge. I won the Georgia Governor election because I promised to renew Jim Crowe and the white primary. However, I have a liver disease from all my heavy drinking, so I may not live very long.
  • Eugene Talmadge died shortly after his election before he could even be sworn in. There was nothing in the Constitution about what to do in this case, so chaos would ensue.
  • The General Assembly initially named Eugene's son Herman the governor, but this was unconstitutional, so M.E. Thompson protested. He thought he should be the governor.
  • I'm M.E. Thompson. I was elected lieutenant governor, so I should be awarded the governor seat. I'm protesting the election because the General Assembly shouldn't have been able to choose Talmadge.
  • I'm Herman Talmadge, Eugene's son. I should be governor because I had the most write-in votes and the General Assembly chose me.
  • Ellis Arnell was the previous governor. He wanted to hold office until the conflict was resolved.
  • My name is Ellis Arnall. I was the governor before Talmadge was elected. I think I should hold the seat until the rightful winner is determined.
  • The Georgia Supreme Court ruled under the Constitution that M.E. Thompson was the rightful governor.
  • We believe that M.E. Thompson is the rightful governor according to the Constitution.
  • M.E. Thompson took the seat, but he later lost it to Herman Talmadge in the next election.
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