1912 United States Senate elections in Arizona

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United States Senate election in Arizona, 1912
(Class 1)

March 27, 1912 1916 →
  Henry Fountain Ashurst.jpg Ralph H Cameron seated.jpg
Nominee Henry F. Ashurst Ralph H. Cameron
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 10,872 9,640
Percentage 50.00% 44.33%

Elected U.S. Senator

Henry F. Ashurst
Democratic

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1912
(Class 3)

December 12, 1911 1914 →
  Marcus Aurelius Smith.jpg Hoval A. Smith.jpg
Nominee Marcus A. Smith Hoval A. Smith
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 10,598 9,228
Percentage 50.35% 43.85%

Elected U.S. Senator

Marcus A. Smith
Democratic

The 1912 United States Senate elections took place on December 12, 1911 (certified in 1912) and March 27, 1912 (special election). This marked the first U.S. Senate elections held in Arizona after it was admitted to the union.

Henry F. Ashurst was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives in 1897. He was re-elected in 1899, and became the territory's youngest speaker. In 1902, he was elected to the Territorial Senate. In 1911, Ashurst presided over Arizona's constitutional convention.[1] During the convention, he positioned himself for a U.S. Senate seat by avoiding the political fighting over various clauses in the constitution which damaged his rivals.[2] With the admission of Arizona as a state in 1912, Ashurst was elected by the Arizona legislature as one of the state's two Senators, taking office on April 2 alongside Marcus A. Smith.

Marcus A. Smith announced his candidacy for one of Arizona's two senate seats on September 24, 1911[3] As the campaign began, Smith abandoned his long standing conservative stand and declared himself a "Progressive".[4] The Arizona State Legislature confirmed the selection of Smith and Ashurst as the state's first U.S. Senators on March 27, 1912.[5]

Class 1[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1912 (Class 1)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Henry F. Ashurst 10,872 50.00%
Republican Ralph H. Cameron 9,640 44.33%
Socialist E. Johnson 1,234 5.68%
Majority 1,232 5.67%
Turnout 21,746
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

Class 3[edit]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1912 (Class 3)[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marcus A. Smith 10,598 50.35%
Republican Hoval A. Smith 9,228 43.85%
Socialist E. B. Simonton 1,221 5.80%
Majority 1,370 6.50%
Turnout 21,047
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Henry Fountain Ashurst Dead; Former Senator from Arizona". New York Times. June 1, 1962. p. 27.
  2. ^ Johnston, Alva (December 25, 1937). "The Dean of Inconsistency". The Saturday Evening Post. 210: 23, 38–40.
  3. ^ Fazio 1970, p. 55.
  4. ^ Goff 1985, p. 145.
  5. ^ Goff 1989, p. 60.
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=3290
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=3305