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1934 Arizona gubernatorial election

The 1934 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1934. Incumbent Governor Benjamin Baker Moeur ran for reelection, he was challenged by former governor George W. P. Hunt and future Governor Rawghlie Clement Stanford in the Democratic primary, but he defeated both of them by a comfortable margin.

1934 Arizona gubernatorial election

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Nominee Benjamin Baker Moeur Thomas Maddock
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 61,355 39,242
Percentage 59.65% 38.15%

Governor before election

Benjamin Baker Moeur

Elected Governor

Benjamin Baker Moeur

Benjamin Baker Moeur defeated Arizona State Highway Engineer and former Arizona Republican Party Chairman Thomas Maddock in the general election, and was sworn into his second term as governor on January 2, 1934.

Democratic primaryEdit

The Democratic primary took place on September 11, 1934. Incumbent governor Benjamin Baker Moeur, who was elected to his first term over then-incumbent governor George W. P. Hunt in 1932 (whom Mouer defeated in the Democratic primary), was opposed in the primary again by Hunt, as well as former judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court Rawghlie Clement Stanford and State Senator James Minotto.[1] This Democratic primary was interesting in that it included the current governor, a former governor, and a future governor.

This was former governor George W. P. Hunt's final run for Governor of Arizona, as he died later that year, on December 24, 1934.[2]



Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Benjamin Baker Moeur 34,792 36.18%
Democratic Rawghlie Clement Stanford 29,088 30.24%
Democratic George W. P. Hunt 27,849 28.96%
Democratic James Minotto 4,448 4.63%
Total votes 96,177 100.00

Republican primaryEdit


  • Thomas Maddock, Arizona State Highway Engineer, former Arizona Republican Party Chair, State Legislator

General electionEdit

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1934[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Benjamin Baker Moeur 61,355 59.65%
Republican Thomas Maddock 39,242 38.15%
Socialist Lawrence McGivern 1,884 1.83%
Communist Clay Naff 374 0.36%
Majority 22,113 21.50%
Turnout 102,855
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


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  2. ^ "G. W. P. Hunt Dies; Leader in Arizona". New York Times. December 25, 1934. p. 23.
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  • Goff, John S. (1973). George The Fifth and Bibliographical and Biographical Notes (ed.). George W. P. Hunt and his Arizona. Phoenix: Socio-Technical Publications. pp. 159, 171–177, 273–277.