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1938 United States Senate special election in New Jersey

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1938 United States Senate election in New Jersey

← 1934 November 8, 1938 1940 →
William Warren Barbour.jpg
Nominee William Warren Barbour William H. J. Ely
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 816,667 704,159
Percentage 52.98% 45.68%

U.S. senator before election

John Gerald Milton

Elected U.S. senator

W. Warren Barbour

The United States Senate special election of 1938 in New Jersey was held on November 8, 1938.

The vacancy was created when incumbent Senator A. Harry Moore resigned to become Governor of New Jersey. Interim appointee John Gerald Milton did not run in the election.

Former Republican U.S. Senator William Warren Barbour returned to the Senate after defeating Democrat William H. J. Ely, the state administrator of the Works Progress Administration.

Republican primary




1938 Republican Senate special primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Warren Barbour 309,967 89.83%
Republican George O. Pullen 21,645 6.27%
Republican C. Dan Coskey 13,444 3.90%
Total votes 345,056 100.00%


  • William Warren Barbour (Republican), former U.S. Senator
  • John C. Butterworth (Socialist Labor)
  • William H. J. Ely (Democrat), administrator of the New Jersey WPA
  • Louis H. Kelley (Prohibition)
  • William Norman (Communist)
  • John Palangio (Socialist)
  • Fred Turner (Townsend)

General election


1938 United States Senate special election in New Jersey[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Warren Barbour 816,667 52.98%
Democratic William H. J. Ely 704,159 45.68%
Prohibition Louis H. Kelley 8,201 0.53%
Socialist John Palangio 3,671 0.24%
Townsend Pension-Labor Fred Turner 3,521 0.23%
Communist William Norman 3,515 0.23%
Socialist Labor John C. Butterworth 1,873 0.12%
Majority 112,508 7.30%
Turnout 1,541,607
Republican gain from Democratic

See also


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - NJ US Senate - Special R Primary Race - Sep 20, 1938".
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1938" (PDF). Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - NJ US Senate - Special Election Race - Nov 08, 1938".
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