1958 Arizona gubernatorial election

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1958 Arizona gubernatorial election

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Nominee Paul Fannin Robert Morrison
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 160,136 130,329
Percentage 55.1% 44.9%

Governor before election

Ernest McFarland

Elected Governor

Paul Fannin

The 1958 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 1958. Incumbent Governor Ernest McFarland decided not to run for reelection and instead unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater in attempt to return to the United States Senate.

Republican businessman Paul Fannin defeated Arizona Attorney General Robert Morrison in the general election, and was sworn into his first term as Governor on January 5, 1959, becoming Arizona's eleventh Governor.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert Morrison 77,931 50.36%
Democratic Dick Searles 58,699 37.93%
Democratic Marvin L. Burton 18,122 11.71%
Total votes 154,752 100.00

Republican primary[edit]


General election[edit]


Arizona gubernatorial election, 1958[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Paul Fannin 160,136 55.13%
Democratic Robert Morrison 130,329 44.87%
Majority 29,807 10.26%
Turnout 290,465
Republican gain from Democratic Swing