1940 Arizona Gubernatorial Election
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1940 Arizona Gubernatorial Election
1940 Arizona gubernatorial election

← 1938 November 5, 1940 1942 →
  Sidney Preston Osborn.jpg Jerrie W. Lee.jpg
Nominee Sidney Preston Osborn Jerrie W. Lee
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 97,606 50,358
Percentage 65.52% 33.81%

Governor before election

Robert Taylor Jones

Elected Governor

Sidney Preston Osborn

The 1940 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1940. Incumbent Governor Robert Taylor Jones ran for reelection but was defeated in the Democratic primary by former Secretary of State Sidney Preston Osborn, whom Jones had previously defeated in 1938.

Sidney Preston Osborn defeated Jerrie W. Lee in the general election, and was sworn into his first term as Governor on January 6, 1941, becoming Arizona's seventh Governor.

Democratic primary

The Democratic primary took place on September 10, 1940. Incumbent Governor Robert Taylor Jones ran for reelection, but he was defeated by former Secretary of State Sidney Preston Osborn. Osborn previously ran against Jones in 1938, but was defeated due to the race being a three-way with Secretary of State James H. Kerby. C. M. Menderson, Ernest Carleton, George E. Shields, and Howard Sprouse also ran but presented only token opposition.[1]


  • Robert Taylor Jones, incumbent Governor
  • Sidney P. Osborn, former Secretary of State of Arizona
  • C. M. Menderson
  • Ernest Carleton
  • George E. Shields
  • Howard Sprouse, state legislator


Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sidney Preston Osborn 54,737 46.30%
Democratic Robert Taylor Jones (incumbent) 49,466 41.84%
Democratic C. M. Menderson 10,950 9.26%
Democratic Ernest Carleton 1,834 1.55%
Democratic George E. Shields 860 0.73%
Democratic Howard Sprouse 383 0.32%
Total votes 118,230 100.00

Republican primary


  • Jerrie W. Lee, 1938 Republican gubernatorial nominee

General election

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1940[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sidney Preston Osborn 97,606 65.52%
Republican Jerrie W. Lee 50,358 33.81%
Prohibition Charles R. Osburn 1,003 0.67%
Majority 47,248 31.71%
Turnout 148,967
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


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