1928 Arizona gubernatorial election

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1928 Arizona gubernatorial election

← 1926 November 6, 1928 1930 →
  John Calhoun Phillips (Arizona Governor).jpg George WP Hunt.jpg
Nominee John Calhoun Phillips George W. P. Hunt
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 47,829 44,553
Percentage 51.71% 48.16%

Governor before election

George W. P. Hunt

Elected Governor

John C. Phillips

The 1928 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1928. Despite a fairly poor economy,[1] a 15-point loss by Al Smith for the Arizona electoral votes, and having served for nearly 6 full terms, Hunt only narrowly lost the general election. Other state Democrats like Senator Ashurst and Representative Douglas both won re-election.[2] John C. Phillips became the second Republican to serve as Arizona Governor, and the first to beat Hunt in a general election.

John Calhoun Phillips was sworn in for his first and only term as Governor on January 7, 1929.[3]

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results [4] [5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George W. P. Hunt 27,876 58.51%
Democratic James H. Kerby 19,769 41.49%
Total votes 47,645 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican primary results [6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Calhoun Phillips 7,253 44.08%
Republican John Hunt Udall 6,136 37.29%
Republican Celora M. Stoddard 3,065 18.63%
Total votes 16,454 100.00

General election[edit]

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1928 [7][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John Calhoun Phillips 47,829 51.71%
Democratic George W. P. Hunt 44,553 48.16%
Workers William O'Brien 122 0.13%
Majority 3,276 3.54%
Turnout 92,504
Republican gain from Democratic Swing



  • Goff, John S. (1973). George The Fifth and Bibliographical and Biographical Notes (ed.). George W. P. Hunt and his Arizona. Phoenix: Socio-Technical Publications. pp. 159, 171–177, 273–277.