1932 United States Senate election in California

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1932 United States Senate election in California

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  Portrait of Secretary William Gibbs McAdoo.jpg 3x4.svg Robert P Shuler portrait 1924-1935.jpg
Nominee William Gibbs McAdoo Tallant Tubbs Robert P. Shuler
Party Democratic Republican Prohibition
Popular vote 943,164 669,676 560,088
Percentage 43.39% 30.81% 25.77%

1932 US Senate Election in California by county.svg
Election results by county
McAdoo:      30-40%      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%
Tubbs:      30-40%      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%
Shuler:      30-40%      40-50%

U.S. senator before election

Samuel Morgan Shortridge
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

William Gibbs McAdoo
Democratic

The 1932 United States Senate election in California was held on November 2, 1932. Incumbent Republican Senator Samuel Morgan Shortridge ran for a third term in office, but lost a highly competitive four-way Republican primary to Tallant Tubbs, who ran as a "wet" or anti-prohibition candidate.

In the general election, former Secretary of the Treasury and presidential candidate William Gibbs McAdoo won a three-way race against Tubbs and Prohibition candidate Robert P. Shuler, who received the most votes of any Prohibition candidate in United States history.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

1932 Republican Senate primary[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tallant Tubbs 217,047 25.06%
Republican Samuel Morgan Shortridge (incumbent) 206,450 23.83%
Prohibition Robert P. Shuler (cross-filing) 198,619 22.93%
Republican Joe Crail 187,999 21.70%
Republican Leo V. Youngworth 56,110 6.48%
Total votes 866,225 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • P.M. Abbott
  • Annie Hale
  • William Gibbs McAdoo, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and candidate for President in 1920 and 1924
  • M. J. McCarthy
  • Robert P. Shuler, Southern Methodist evangelist preacher (cross-filing)
  • Justus S. Wardell, nominee for Governor in 1926

Results[edit]

1932 Democratic Senate primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Gibbs McAdoo 269,746 52.55%
Democratic Justus S. Wardell 116,845 22.76%
Prohibition Robert P. Shuler (cross-filing) 86,259 16.81%
Democratic M. J. McCarthy 18,702 3.64%
Democratic P. M. Abbott 13,836 2.70%
Democratic Annie Hale 7,910 1.54%
Total votes 513,298 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

1932 United States Senate election in California[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Gibbs McAdoo 943,164 43.39%
Republican Tallant Tubbs 669,676 30.81%
Prohibition Robert P. Shuler 560,088 25.77%
Socialist George Ross Kirkpatrick (write-in) 466 0.02%
Total votes 1,061,727 100.00%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CA US Senate – R Primary, 1932". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ "CA US Senate – D Primary, 1932". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  3. ^ "CA US Senate, 1932". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved 24 April 2020.