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1938 Maryland gubernatorial election

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1938 Maryland gubernatorial election

← 1934 November 8, 1938 1942 →
Governor herbert oconor of maryland.jpg
Harry W. Nice circa 1918 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Herbert O'Conor Harry Nice
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 308,372 242,095
Percentage 54.62% 42.88%

Maryland Governor Election Results by County, 1938.svg
County Results
O'Conor:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Nice:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Harry Nice

Elected Governor

Herbert O'Conor

The 1938 Maryland gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1938. Democratic nominee Herbert O'Conor defeated incumbent Republican Harry Nice with 54.62% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on September 12, 1938.[1]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Herbert O'Conor 147,613 43.32
Democratic Howard W. Jackson 135,244 39.69
Democratic William S. Gordy Jr. 34,337 10.08
Democratic Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer 23,587 6.92
Total votes 340,781 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harry Nice 83,318 84.08
Republican Harry T. Phoebus 15,771 15.92
Total votes 99,089 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • Herbert O'Conor, Democratic
  • Harry Nice, Republican

Other candidates

  • Herbert Brune, Independent
  • Joshua C. Gwin, Union
  • David W. Eyman, Socialist
  • Robert Kadish, Independent
  • Samuel Gordon, Communist


1938 Maryland gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Herbert O'Conor 308,372 54.62%
Republican Harry Nice 242,095 42.88%
Independent Herbert Brune 7,503 1.33%
Union Joshua C. Gwin 4,249 0.75%
Socialist David W. Eyman 941 0.17%
Independent Robert Kadish 759 0.13%
Communist Samuel Gordon 616 0.11%
Majority 66,277
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ a b c Guide to U.S. elections - CQ Press, Congressional Quarterly, inc. CQ Press. 2005. ISBN 9781568029818. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  2. ^ "Maryland Manual". 1987. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
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