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1940 Colorado gubernatorial election

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1940 Colorado gubernatorial election

← 1938 November 5, 1940 1942 →
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Nominee Ralph Lawrence Carr George E. Saunders
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 296,671 245,292
Percentage 54.37% 44.96%

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County results

Carr:      50-60%      60-70%

Saunders:      50–60%

Governor before election

Ralph Lawrence Carr

Elected Governor

Ralph Lawrence Carr

The 1940 Colorado gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 1940. Incumbent Republican Ralph Lawrence Carr defeated Democratic nominee George E. Saunders with 54.37% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on September 10, 1940.[1]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George E. Saunders 75,130
Democratic John A. Carroll 50,787
Democratic George J. Knapp 5,967
Total votes

Republican primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Lawrence Carr (incumbent) 95,521 100.00
Total votes 95,521 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • Ralph Lawrence Carr, Republican
  • George E. Saunders, Democratic

Other candidates

  • Carle Whitehead, Socialist
  • Laurence W. Coffman, Prohibition


1940 Colorado gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ralph Lawrence Carr (incumbent) 296,671 54.37%
Democratic George E. Saunders 245,292 44.96%
Socialist Carle Whitehead 2,211 0.41%
Prohibition Laurence W. Coffman 1,462 0.27%
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ a b c d "State of Colorado Abstract of Votes Cast 1940" (PDF). Secretary of State of Colorado. 1940. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
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