1940 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

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Julius P. Heil.jpg
Orland Steen Loomis (Wisconsin governor-elect).jpg
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Nominee Julius P. Heil Orland Steen Loomis Francis E. McGovern
Party Republican Progressive Democratic
Popular vote 558,678 546,436 264,985
Percentage 40.67% 39.78% 19.29%

1940 Wisconsin gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Heil:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Loomis:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
McGovern:      30–40%

Governor before election

Julius P. Heil
Republican

Elected Governor

Julius P. Heil
Republican

The 1940 Wisconsin gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 1940.

Incumbent Republican Governor Julius P. Heil defeated Progressive nominee Orland Steen Loomis and Democratic nominee Francis E. McGovern with 40.67% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on September 17, 1940.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Withdrawn

Results

Democratic primary results[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Francis E. McGovern 54,025 38.91
Democratic William R. Callahan 44,868 32.31
Democratic Raymond J. Cannon 30,560 22.01
Democratic Gerhard A. Hagedorn 9,407 6.77
Total votes 138,860 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[3][6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Julius P. Heil (incumbent) 249,269 67.99
Republican James K. Robinson 117,385 32.02
Total votes 366,654 100.00

Progressive primary

Candidates

Results

Progressive primary results[3][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Orland Steen Loomis 50,699 33.05
Progressive Harold E. Stafford 41,311 26.93
Progressive Philip E. Nelson 24,485 15.96
Progressive Paul Alfonsi 22,531 14.69
Progressive Henry Gunderson 14,372 9.37
Total votes 153,398 100.00

General election

Candidates

Major party candidates

Other candidates

Results

1940 Wisconsin gubernatorial election[9][10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Julius P. Heil (incumbent) 558,678 40.67%
Progressive Orland Steen Loomis 546,436 39.78%
Democratic Francis E. McGovern 264,985 19.29%
Communist Fred B. Blair 2,340 0.17%
Socialist Labor Louis Fisher 1,158 0.08%
Scattering 157 0.01%
Majority 12,242 0.89%
Turnout 1,373,754 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "Once More". Leader-Telegram. Eau Claire, Wisconsin. August 9, 1940. p. 14. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Rubin Fails To Enter Race For Governor". The Sheboygan Press. Sheboygan, Wisconsin. August 6, 1940. p. 8. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Wisconsin Blue Book 1942, p. 578.
  4. ^ "WI Governor, 1940 - D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Governor Renounces Third Term; While Seeking His Second". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay, Wisconsin. August 1, 1940. p. 19. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  6. ^ "WI Governor, 1940 - R Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Chippewa Falls Attorney To Speak at Meeting Wednesday". Madison Capital Times. Madison, Wisconsin. February 12, 1940. p. 3. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  8. ^ "WI Governor, 1940 - PRG Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  9. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 87.
  10. ^ "WI Governor, 1940". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  11. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book 1942, p. 656.

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