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1930 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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1930 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

← 1928 November 4, 1930 (1930-11-04) 1932 →
Joseph Buell Ely.jpg
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Nominee Joseph B. Ely Frank G. Allen
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 606,902 590,238
Percentage 49.54% 48.18%

Governor before election

Frank G. Allen

Elected Governor

Joseph B. Ely

Gubernatorial elections were held in Massachusetts on November 4, 1930.

Incumbent Republican Governor Frank G. Allen was defeated by Democrat Joseph B. Ely. This election marked the beginning of a new era for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, starting a string of eight consecutive years of Democratic governors, a streak later surpassed from 1974 until 1986.

Republican primary





Republican Gubernatorial primary, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Frank G. Allen 311,025 92.56%
Republican John D. Devir 24,972 7.43%
Write-in All others 22 0.00%
Total votes 336,019 100.00%

Democratic primary



  • John J. Cummings, former State Senator and nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1924
  • Joseph B. Ely, candidate for Governor in 1922
  • John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, former United States Representative, Mayor of Boston, and nominee for Governor in 1922


The Democratic primary featured a rematch of the 1922 primary between Joseph Ely and John Fitzgerald. This time, Ely won with 54.7% of the vote.

Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1930[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph B. Ely 117,548 54.68%
Democratic John F. Fitzgerald 84,744 39.42%
Democratic John J. Cummings 12,701 5.91%

General election


Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1930[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph B. Ely 606,902 49.54%
Republican Frank G. Allen 590,238 48.18%
Socialist Labor John W. Aiken 14,603 1.19%
Socialist Alfred B. Lewis 8,222 0.67%
Communist Harry J. Canter 5,051 0.41%
Write-in All others 1 0.00%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

See also


  1. ^ "MA Governor, 1930 – D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. ^ "MA Governor, 1930". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
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