1926 United States Senate election in Arizona

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United States Senate election in Arizona, 1926

← 1920 November 3, 1926 1932 →
  Carl Hayden.jpg Senator Ralph Cameron.jpg
Nominee Carl Hayden Ralph H. Cameron
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 44,591 31,845
Percentage 58.34% 41.66%

U.S. Senator before election

Ralph H. Cameron

Elected U.S. Senator

Carl Hayden

The 1926 United States Senate elections in Arizona took place on November 3, 1926. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Ralph H. Cameron ran for reelection to a second term, but was defeated by U.S. Congressman Carl T. Hayden in the general election.

Cameron received the support of Republican leaders but only tepid support from rank and file membership.[1] In contrast, his challenger, Congressman Carl Hayden, in turn had a united party, the backing of labor, and the support of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Cameron campaigned on a message highlighting his successes during his first term.[2] Democrats countered by highlighting his inability to win a cotton tariff, showing him to be ineffective.[3]

A series of six article written by Hayden supporter Will Irwin was published by the Los Angeles Times in mid-1926. These articles examined Cameron's history with the Grand Canyon and claimed he had salted several claims in the canyon in order to control the valuable sites. Cameron condemned the articles' claims as "malicious fabrications" but the political damage had already been done.[3] Hayden won the election by a vote of 44,591 to 31,845.[4]

Republican primary[edit]


Democratic primary[edit]


  • Carl T. Hayden, U.S. Congressman of Arizona's at-large Congressional district
  • Charles H. Rutherford


Democratic primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carl T. Hayden 36,745 80.33%
Democratic Charles H. Rutherford 8,995 19.67%
Total votes 45,740 100.00

General election[edit]

United States Senate election in Arizona, 1926[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Carl T. Hayden 44,591 58.34%
Republican Ralph H. Cameron 31,845 41.66%
Majority 12,746 16.68%
Turnout 76,436
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

See also[edit]