1890 Connecticut gubernatorial election

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1890 Connecticut gubernatorial election
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  1888 November 4, 1890 1892  
  Luzon B. Morris (Connecticut Governor) (3x4a).jpg 3x4.svg
Nominee Luzon B. Morris Samuel E. Merwin
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote67,65863,975

1890 Connecticut gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Morris:     40–50%     50–60%
Merwin:     40–50%     50–60%

Governor before election

Morgan Bulkeley

Elected Governor


The 1890 Connecticut gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1890. Democratic nominee Luzon B. Morris defeated Republican nominee Samuel E. Merwin with 50.01% of the vote.


The law at the time specified that if no candidate received a majority, the state legislature would decide the election. Morris received 50.01% of the vote, a mere 26 votes more than the majority needed to win. There were irregularities among ballots in Bridgeport as well. The state legislature, having split control, could not agree on a winner, and the result was challenged and deadlocked over the next two years.

Due to these challenges, Morris was not seated as Governor and the incumbent Governor Morgan Bulkeley remained in office, despite not running in the election.

General election


Major party candidates

Other candidates


1890 Connecticut gubernatorial election [1]
Democratic Luzon B. Morris 67,658 50.01%
Republican Samuel E. Merwin 63,97547.29%
Prohibition Phineas M. Augur3,4132.52%
Labor Henry C. Baldwin2090.15%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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  1. Kalb, Deborah (December 24, 2015). Guide to U.S. Elections. CQ Press. ISBN   9781483380353 . Retrieved July 9, 2020.