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Minnesota gubernatorial election, 1938

 

Minnesota gubernatorial election, 1938

Minnesota gubernatorial election, 1938

November 8, 1938

 
Nominee Harold Stassen Elmer Benson Thomas F. Gallagher
Party Republican Farmer-Labor Democratic
Popular vote 678,839 387,263 65,875
Percentage 59.92% 34.18% 5.81%

County Results

Governor before election

Elmer Benson
Farmer-Labor

Elected Governor

Harold Stassen
Republican

The 1938 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1938. Republican Party of Minnesota candidate Harold Stassen defeated Farmer-Labor Party incumbent Elmer Benson.

Results

1938 Gubernatorial Election, Minnesota
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Harold Stassen 678,839 59.92% +21.37%
Elmer Benson 387,263 34.18% -26.55%
Thomas F. Gallagher 65,875 5.81% n/a
Majority 291,576 25.74%
Turnout 1,132,876
Republican gain from Farmer-Labor Swing

Further reading

  • Benson, Elmer A. "Politics in My Lifetime." Minnesota History 47 (1980): 154-60. online
  • Haynes, John Earl. Dubious alliance: the making of Minnesota's DFL Party (U of Minnesota Press, 1984)
  • Kirby, Ales, David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmann. Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican (2012)
  • Lovin, Hugh T. "The Fall of Farmer-Labor Parties, 1936-1938." Pacific Northwest Quarterly (1971): 16-26. in JSTOR
  • Sofchalk, Donald G. "Union and Ethnic Group Influence in the 1938 Election on the Minnesota Iron Ranges." Journal of the West (2003) 42#3 pp: 66-74.

See also

External links

  • http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=653
  • http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=657
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