1936 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

1936 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1934 November 3, 1936 (1936-11-03) 1938 →
Turnout42.88% (total pop.)
  CharlesFHurley.jpg John W. Haigis.png
Nominee Charles F. Hurley John W. Haigis
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 867,743 839,740
Percentage 47.62% 46.08%

Governor before election

James Michael Curley
Democratic

Elected Governor

Charles F. Hurley
Democratic

Gubernatorial elections were held in Massachusetts on November 3, 1936.

Democratic Governor James Michael Curley chose to run for United States Senate rather than seek a second term in office. Incumbent Democratic Treasurer Charles F. Hurley was elected Governor over former Republican State Treasurer John W. Haigis.

Democratic primary[edit]

Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

1936 Democratic gubernatorial primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles F. Hurley 356,239 98.78%
Democratic William H. McMasters 2,809 0.78%
Write-in All others 1,596 0.44%
Total votes 360,644 100.00%
None Blank votes 92,879
Turnout 453,523 100.00%

Lt. Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

1936 Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Francis E. Kelly 171,045 45.20%
Democratic Philip J. Philbin 131,133 34.65%
Democratic Thomas F. Galvin 76,008 20.09%
Write-in All others 241 0.06%
Total votes 378,427 100.00%
None Blank votes 75,102
Turnout 453,529 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Haigis was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

1936 Republican gubernatorial primary[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John W. Haigis 418,095 99.74%
Write-in All others 1,090 0.26%
Total votes 419,185 100.00%
None Blank votes 59,116
Turnout 478,301 100.00%

Lt. Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Speaker Saltonstall was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

1936 Republican lieutenant gubernatorial primary[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Leverett Saltonstall 410,660 99.98%
Write-in All others 68 0.02%
Total votes 410,728 100.00%
None Blank votes 67,573
Turnout 478,301 100.00%

Independents and third parties[edit]

Communist[edit]

  • Otis Archer Hood, of Boston

Socialist[edit]

Socialist Labor[edit]

  • Horace I. Hillis, candidate for Lt. Governor in 1934

Townsend Plan[edit]

  • Fred G. Bushold

Bushold officially ran on the "Union-Coughlin-Townsend" ticket.

Union[edit]

  • William H. McMasters, publicity agent and whistleblower in the Charles Ponzi case[1]

Following his loss in the Democratic primary, McMasters accepted the nomination of the Union Party.

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

1936 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles F. Hurley 867,743 47.62% Decrease2.03
Republican John W. Haigis 704,576 46.08% Increase3.78
Union William H. McMasters 68,467 3.76% Increase3.76
Townsend Fred G. Bushold 23,605 1.30% N/A
Socialist Alfred B. Lewis 9,483 0.52% Decrease0.31
Communist Otis Archer Hood 6,026 0.28% Increase0.05
Socialist Labor Horace I. Hillis 3,769 0.21% Decrease0.18
Prohibition Alfred H. Evans 3,424 0.19% Decrease0.01
Write-in All others 0 0.00%
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zuckoff, Mitchell (Mar 8, 2005). Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend. Random House Publishing Group. p. 296. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ Election Statistics 1936, p. 135.
  3. ^ Election Statistics 1936, p. 141.
  4. ^ Election Statistics 1936, p. 242.
  5. ^ Election Statistics 1936, p. 245.
  6. ^ "MA Governor, 1936". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  7. ^ Election Statistics 1936, p. 349.

Bibliography[edit]

Frederic W. Cook, Secretary of the Commonwealth (1936). Election Statistics, 1935–36. Boston, MA.

See also[edit]