ⓘ 1934 United States Senate election in Arizona

                                     

ⓘ 1934 United States Senate election in Arizona

The 1934 United States Senate elections in Arizona took place on November 3, 1934. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Henry F. Ashurst ran for reelection to a fifth term, defeating Republican nominee Joseph Edward Thompson in the general election by a wide margin.

The candidacy of the Thompsons came at an inopportune time, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt has just started his first term, and with the country in the midst of the great Depression, the Democrats were much more popular than the Republicans at the time. In addition, Ashurst, who has served continuously as a Senator, as Arizona joined the Union in 1912, presented an even bigger problem for those who would hope to defeat him in the election, because of his seniority, and Thompson was quite unknown in state politics, has never worked in government before running for the U.S. Senate.

Ashurst in particular, faced opposition in the Democratic primary, however, with former Secretary of state Sidney P. Osborn, who later became Governor of Arizona for several terms. It will be Ashursts ultimate success in the election as he loses the Democratic primary in 1940 Ernest Mcfarland.

                                     
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