1938 United States Senate election in Missouri

The 1938 United States Senate election in Missouri took place on November 8, 1938 in Missouri. The incumbent Democratic Senator, Bennett Champ Clark, was re-elected with 60.69% of the vote. He defeated Republican candidate and former Governor of Missouri Henry S. Caulfield.

1938 United States Senate election in Missouri

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Nominee Bennett Champ Clark Henry S. Caulfield
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 757,587 488,687
Percentage 60.69% 39.15%

County results
Clark:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Caulfield:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Bennett Champ Clark
Democratic

Elected U.S. senator

Bennett Champ Clark
Democratic

Democratic primary

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Democratic primary August 2, 1938[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bennett Champ Clark (incumbent) 574,526 78.81
Democratic Joseph T. Davis 92,946 12.75
Democratic Willis H. Meredith 35,543 4.88
Democratic Robert I. Young 26,029 3.57
Total votes 729,044 100

Republican primary

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Republican primary August 2, 1938[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry S. Caulfield 168,312 85.97
Republican Ray E. White 27,470 14.03
Total votes 195,782 100

General election

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1938 United States Senate election in Missouri[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bennett Champ Clark (incumbent) 757,587 60.69% −2.57
Republican Henry S. Caulfield 488,687 39.15% +3.38
Socialist J. G. Hodges 1,712 0.14% −0.57
Socialist Labor Karl L. Oberhue 292 0.02% −0.01
Majority 268,900 21.54%
Turnout 1,248,278
Democratic hold Swing

References

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  1. ^ "FORCES ORGANIZED AT MASS MEETING TO ELECT DOUGLAS". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. May 20, 1938. p. 8A. Retrieved December 16, 2022 – via State Historical Society of Missouri.
  2. ^ "Historical Missouri State Legislators: M". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Officers of the Missouri Senate and House 1820-2011". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Who's Who in Senate Race in State's August Primary". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. May 20, 1938. p. 8C. Retrieved December 16, 2022 – via State Historical Society of Missouri.
  5. ^ a b Official Manual of the State of Missouri 1939 - 1940. Missouri Secretary of State's Office. 1940. p. 345. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  6. ^ "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1938" (PDF). Clerk.house.gov. p. 12. Retrieved December 19, 2022.