1944 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

1944 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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Nominee Maurice J. Tobin Horace T. Cahill
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,048,284 897,708
Percentage 53.6% 46.0%

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County results
Tobin:      50–60%      60–70%
Cahill:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Leverett Saltonstall

Elected Governor

Maurice J. Tobin

The 1944 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1944. Democrat Maurice J. Tobin defeated Republican Horace T. Cahill, Socialist Labor candidate Henning A. Blomen, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams. Incumbent Governor Leverett Saltonstall did not run for reelection. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Republican Robert F. Bradford defeated Democrat John B. Carr, Socialist Labor candidate George L. McGlynn, and Prohibition candidate Alfred Erickson.



Horace T. Cahill ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Boston mayor Maurice J. Tobin defeated state treasurer Francis X. Hurley for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1944[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Maurice J. Tobin 131,889 62.51%
Democratic Francis X. Hurley 79,084 37.49%

Lt. Governor[edit]

Middlesex County District Attorney Robert F. Bradford defeated Senate President Jarvis Hunt, Speaker of the House Rudolph King, Beverly mayor Daniel E. McLean, and perennial candidate William H. McMasters for the Republican nomination.

Republican Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1944[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert F. Bradford 106,684 54.06%
Republican Jarvis Hunt 37,866 19.19%
Republican Rudolph King 33,860 17.16%
Republican Daniel E. McLean 12,780 6.47%
Republican William H. McMasters 6,142 3.11%

Somerville assessor John B. Carr defeated former Worcester mayor John S. Sullivan, former state representative Alexander F. Sullivan, and Everett city councilor Alfred P. Farese for the Democratic nomination.

Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary, 1944[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John B. Carr 61,222 33.38%
Democratic John S. Sullivan 55,140 30.07%
Democratic Alexander F. Sullivan 53,267 29.04%
Democratic Alfred P. Farese 13,754 7.50%

General election[edit]


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1944[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Maurice J. Tobin 1,048,284 53.6%
Republican Horace T. Cahill 897,708 46.0%
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 5,176 0.3%
Prohibition Guy S. Williams 2,988 0.2%
Massachusetts lt. gubernatorial election, 1944[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert F. Bradford 975,537 51.65%
Democratic John B. Carr 893,487 47.30%
Socialist Labor George Leo McGlynn 11,159 0.59%
Prohibition Alfred Erickson 8,662 0.46%