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1944 United States Senate special election in Massachusetts

The 1944 United States Senate special election in Massachusetts was held on November 7, 1944. Republican Governor Leverett Saltonstall was elected to finish the term of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., who had resigned from the Senate to serve in World War II.

United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 1944

← 1942 November 7, 1944 1948 →
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Nominee Leverett Saltonstall John H. Corcoran
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,228,754 667,086
Percentage 64.29% 34.90%

1944 US Senate special election in Massachusetts results by municipality.svg
Municipal results

U.S. Senator before election

Sinclair Weeks

Elected U.S. Senator

Leverett Saltonstall


Incumbent U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. resigned February 3, 1944 to return to active duty in the U.S. Army during World War II. Republican Sinclair Weeks was appointed February 8, 1944 to continue the term until an election was held. A special election was held on November 7, 1944 with Republican Massachusetts Governor Leverett Saltonstall defeating his challengers. He did not take office until January 4, 1945, when his term as Governor ended.

Republican primaryEdit




Governor Saltonstall was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Democratic primaryEdit




Democratic primary [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John H. Corcoran 62,537 33.90%
Democratic Joseph Lee 47,514 25.76%
Democratic Richard M. Russell 47,080 25.52%
Democratic Joseph A. Langone, Jr. 27,317 14.82%

Independents and third partiesEdit

Socialist WorkersEdit


  • E. Tallmadge Root, nominee for Governor of Massachusetts in 1940

General electionEdit


General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leverett Saltonstall 1,228,754 64.29% +11.85%
Democratic John H. Corcoran 667,086 34.90% -11.71%
Socialist Labor Bernard G. Kelly 12,296 0.64% +0.29%
Prohibition E. Tallmadge Root 3,269 0.17% -0.09%

See alsoEdit