Arizona gubernatorial election, 1946

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Arizona gubernatorial election, 1946

← 1944 November 5, 1946 1948 →

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Nominee Sidney Preston Osborn Bruce Brockett
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 73,595 48,867
Percentage 60.10% 39.90%

Governor before election

Sidney Preston Osborn

Elected Governor

Sidney Preston Osborn

The 1946 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1946. Incumbent Governor Sidney Preston Osborn ran for reelection, easily winning the Democratic primary, as well as defeating Republican challenger Bruce Brockett in the general election, and was sworn into his fourth term as Governor on January 7, 1947. Osborn died in office a year later.

In comparison to previous election cycles, Brockett signaled a shift in voters becoming more Republican, outperforming their past electoral failures significantly.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]


  • Sidney P. Osborn, former Secretary of State of Arizona
  • Howard Sprouse, state legislator


Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sidney Preston Osborn 64,875 81.67%
Democratic Howard Sprouse 14,565 18.34%
Total votes 79,440 100.00

Republican primary[edit]


  • Bruce Brockett, cattleman

General election[edit]

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1946[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Sidney Preston Osborn 73,595 60.10%
Republican Bruce Brockett 48,867 39.90%
Majority 24,728 20.20%
Turnout 122,462
Democratic gain from Republican Swing