1938 Arizona Gubernatorial Election
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1938 Arizona Gubernatorial Election
1938 Arizona gubernatorial election

← 1936 November 8, 1938 1940 →
  Robert Taylor Jones.jpg Jerrie W. Lee.jpg
Nominee Robert Taylor Jones Jerrie W. Lee
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 80,350 32,022
Percentage 68.57% 27.33%

Governor before election

Rawghlie Clement Stanford

Elected Governor

Robert Taylor Jones

The 1938 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1938. Incumbent Governor Rawghlie Clement Stanford declined to run for reelection, with pharmacy and cattle ranch owner Robert Taylor Jones winning the Democratic nomination to succeed Stanford.

Robert Taylor Jones defeated Jerrie W. Lee in the general election, and was sworn into his first and only term as Governor on January 2, 1939, becoming Arizona's sixth Governor.

Democratic primary

The Democratic primary took place on September 13, 1938. Incumbent Governor Rawghlie Clement Stanford, who had served only one term, declined to run for reelection amidst the Great Depression. Pharmacy and cattle ranch owner Robert Taylor Jones, Secretary of State James H. Kerby, former Secretary of State Sidney P. Osborn, Mayor Andrew Jackson Bettwy, and C. M. Zander ran to replace Stanford.[1]

After losing the Democratic primary, James Kerby ran as an Independent Democrat in the general election, but received only token support, in the single digits.



Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Taylor Jones 38,543 34.20%
Democratic James H. Kerby 35,867 31.83%
Democratic Sidney P. Osborn 34,307 30.44%
Democratic Andrew J. Bettwy 3,584 3.18%
Democratic C. M. Zander 389 0.35%
Total votes 112,690 100.00

Republican primary


  • Jerrie W. Lee, secretary of the Arizona Wool Growers Association

General election

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1938[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert Taylor Jones 80,350 68.57%
Republican Jerrie W. Lee 32,022 27.33%
Independent Democratic James H. Kerby 4,814 4.11%
Majority 48,328 41.24%
Turnout 117,184
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


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