1940 Minnesota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Harold Stassen Hjalmar Petersen Edward Murphy
Party Republican Farmer–Labor Democratic
Popular vote 654,686 459,609 140,021
Percentage 52.06% 36.55% 11.13%

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County results
Stassen:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%
Peterson:      40-50%      50-60%

Governor before election

Harold Stassen
Republican

Elected Governor

Harold Stassen
Republican

The 1940 Minnesota gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1940. Republican Party of Minnesota candidate Harold Stassen defeated Farmer–Labor Party challenger Hjalmar Petersen.

Results

1940 Gubernatorial Election, Minnesota
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Harold Stassen (incumbent) 654,686 52.06% -7.86%
Farmer–Labor Hjalmar Petersen 459,609 36.55% +2.37%
Democratic Edward Murphy 140,021 11.13% +5.32%
Industrial John William Castle 3,175 0.25% +0.17%
Majority 195,077 15.51%
Turnout 1,257,491
Republican hold Swing

See also