1938 Iowa gubernatorial election

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1938 Iowa gubernatorial election
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← 1936 November 8, 1938 1940 →
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Nominee George A. Wilson Nelson G. Kraschel
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 447,061 387,779
Percentage 52.71% 45.72%

Governor before election

Nelson G. Kraschel

Elected Governor

George A. Wilson

The 1938 Iowa gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1938. Republican nominee George A. Wilson defeated Democratic incumbent Nelson G. Kraschel with 52.71% of the vote.

General election[edit]


Major party candidates

  • George A. Wilson, Republican
  • Nelson G. Kraschel, Democratic

Other candidates

  • Wallace M. Short, Farmer–Labor
  • John F. Wirds, Progressive
  • J. Alvin Mitchell, Prohibition


1938 Iowa gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican George A. Wilson 447,061 52.71%
Democratic Nelson G. Kraschel 387,779 45.72%
Farmer–Labor Wallace M. Short 10,186 1.20%
Progressive Party[disambiguation needed] John F. Wirds 2,097 0.25%
Prohibition J. Alvin Mitchell 1,108 0.13%
Majority 59,282
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ "Summary of Official Canvass of Votes Cast in Iowa General Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of Iowa. 1938. Retrieved April 25, 2020.