Oregon gubernatorial election, 1950
The 1950 Oregon gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 1950 to elect the
governor of the U.S. state of
Oregon. Incumbent Republican governor
Douglas McKay defeated Democratic nominee
Austin F. Flegel.
McKay had been elected in a
1948 gubernatorial special election to replace interim governor
John Hubert Hall. Hall, as Speaker of the
Oregon House of Representatives, had succeeded to the governorship following the death of governor
Oregon Secretary of State
Robert S. Farrell, Jr., and
State Senate President
Marshall E. Cornett in a plane crash on October 30, 1947.
In his reelection bid, McKay was unopposed in the Republican primary. In the Democratic primary,
Portland attorney and
Austin F. Flegel defeated
Oregon State Treasurer
Walter J. Pearson and former state senator and
1948 Democratic gubernatorial nominee
 In the general election, McKay defeated Flegel by a nearly 2–1 margin.
McKay would step down less than two years into his term to become
United States Secretary of the Interior under President