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1938 United States House of Representatives elections in California

The United States House of Representatives elections in California, 1938 was an election for California's delegation to the United States House of Representatives, which occurred as part of the general election of the House of Representatives on November 8, 1938. Republicans gained four districts. Franck R. Havenner, first elected to Congress as a Progressive, was elected for the rest of his House career as a Democrat.

OverviewEdit

United States House of Representatives elections in California, 1938
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 1,137,635 47.7% 12 -4
Republican 1,112,209 46.6% 8 +4
Townsend 88,851 3.7% 0 0
Communist 26,228 1.1% 0 0
Progressive 17,622 0.7% 0 0
Independent 3,863 0.2% 0 0
Totals 2,386,408 100.0% 20

Delegation compositionEdit

1938 pre-election Seats
  Democratic-Held 16
  Republican-Held 4
1938 post-election Seats
  Democratic-Held 12
  Republican-Held 8

ResultsEdit

Final results from the Clerk of the House of Representatives: [1]

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14
District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20

District 1Edit

California's 1st congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clarence F. Lea (incumbent) 73,636 63
Townsend Ernest S. Mitchell 43,320 37
Total votes 116,956 100
Turnout
Democratic hold

District 2Edit

California's 2nd congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harry Lane Englebright (incumbent) 71,496 100.0
Turnout  
Republican hold

District 3Edit

California's 3rd congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank H. Buck (incumbent) 119,236 93.3
Communist Nora Conklin 8,271 6.5
Independent Walter Schaefer (write-in) 327 0.2
Total votes 127,834 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 4Edit

California's 4th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Franck R. Havenner (incumbent) 64,452 61.2
Republican Kennett B. Dawson 40,842 38.8
Total votes 105,294 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 5Edit

California's 5th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard J. Welch (incumbent) 91,868 100.0
Turnout  
Republican hold

District 6Edit

California's 6th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Albert E. Carter (incumbent) 118,632 94.4
Communist Dave L. Saunders 7,015 5.6
Total votes 125,647 100.0
Turnout  
Republican hold

District 7Edit

California's 7th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John H. Tolan (incumbent) 62,599 55.3
Republican Charles W. Fisher 50,504 44.7
Total votes 113,103 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 8Edit

California's 8th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Z. Anderson 84,084 55
Democratic John J. McGrath 68,681 45
Total votes 152,765 100
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic

District 9Edit

California's 9th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bertrand W. Gearhart (incumbent) 91,128 96.3
Independent George H. Sciaroni (write-in) 3,536 3.7
Total votes 94,664 100.0
Turnout  
Republican hold

District 10Edit

California's 10th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alfred J. Elliott (incumbent) 84,791 67.3
Republican F. Fred Hoelscher 41,194 32.7
Total votes 125,985 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 11Edit

California's 11th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Carl Hinshaw 68,712 47.0
Democratic Carl Stuart Hamblen 59,993 41.1
Townsend Ralph D. Horton 12,713 8.7
Progressive John R. Grey 3,821 2.6
Communist Orla E. Lair 817 0.6
Total votes 146,056 100.0
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic

District 12Edit

California's 12th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry Voorhis (incumbent) 75,003 60.8
Republican Eugene W. Nixon 40,457 32.8
Townsend Russell R. Hand 7,903 6.4
Total votes 123,363 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 13Edit

California's 13th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Kramer (incumbent) 96,258 65.9
Republican K. L. Stockton 44,808 30.7
Communist Louis Baron 5,104 3.4
Total votes 146,170 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 14Edit

California's 14th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Thomas F. Ford (incumbent) 67,588 68.3
Republican William D. Campbell 31,375 31.7
Total votes 98,963 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 15Edit

California's 15th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John M. Costello (incumbent) 83,086 60.4
Republican O. D. Thomas 51,483 37.4
Communist Emil Freed 2,951 2.2
Total votes 137,520 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 16Edit

California's 16th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Leland M. Ford 97,407 62.8
Democratic John F. Dockweiler (write-in) 32,863 21.2
Townsend Ted E. Felt 16,045 10.3
Progressive J. Barton Huthins 6,643 4.3
Communist La Rue McCormick 2,070 1.3
Total votes 155,028 100.0
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic

District 17Edit

California's 17th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lee E. Geyer (incumbent) 56,513 58.8
Republican Clifton A. Hix 26,891 28.0
Townsend Fred C. Wagner 8,870 9.2
Progressive Robert O. Bates 3,774 3.9
Total votes 96,048 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 18Edit

California's 18th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas M. Eaton 52,216 48.6
Democratic Byron N. Scott (incumbent) 51,874 48.3
Progressive Solomon Carr 3,384 3.1
Total votes 107,474 100.0
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic

District 19Edit

California's 19th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harry R. Sheppard (incumbent) 75,819 53.3
Republican C. T. Johnson 66,402 46.7
Total votes 142,221 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

District 20Edit

California's 20th congressional district election, 1938
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edouard Izac (incumbent) 65,243 60.4
Republican John L. Bacon 42,710 39.6
Total votes 107,953 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

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