When Governor Beauford Jester died on July 11, 1949, Allan Shivers succeeded him --- the only Lieutenant Governor in Texas history thus far to gain the governor's office through the death of his predecessor. In 1950, Shivers won election as Governor in his own right, defeating Republican Ralph W. Currie: 355,010 votes (89.93%) for the incumbent Governor while Currie had garnered 39,737 votes (10.07%). In 1952, Shivers proved so popular that he was listed on the Gubernatorial ballot as the nominee of both the Democratic and Republican parties (Democrat Shivers handily defeated Republican Shivers). Between both parties Shivers garnered 1,844,530 votes (98.05%) to "No Preference" getting 36,672 votes (1.95%). Subsequently, Texas law was changed to remove the "No Preference" option and to prohibit an individual from being the candidate of more than one political party in any race.