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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

Elected Governor

Harold Stassen

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.


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.

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