Arizona gubernatorial election, 1956

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Arizona gubernatorial election, 1956

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  Mcfarland ernest.jpg Horace B. Griffen.jpg
Nominee Ernest McFarland Horace B. Griffen
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 171,848 116,744
Percentage 59.5% 40.5%

Governor before election

Ernest McFarland

Elected Governor

Ernest McFarland

The 1956 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1956. Incumbent Governor Ernest McFarland ran for reelection to a second term. Ernest McFarland defeated longtime The Arizona Republic journalist and Republican nominee Horace B. Griffen in the general election by a wide margin.

Democratic primary[edit]


Republican primary[edit]


  • Horace B. Griffen, The Arizona Republic journalist
  • O. D. Miller, State Senator
  • Fred Trump, U. S. Government Staff Consultant to the Anglo American Council on Productivity


Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Horace B. Griffen 20,471 45.97%
Republican O. D. Miller 17,858 40.11%
Republican Fred Trump 6,199 13.92%
Total votes 44,528 100.00

General election[edit]


Arizona gubernatorial election, 1956[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ernest W. McFarland 171,848 59.55%
Republican Horace B. Griffen 116,744 40.45%
Majority 55,104 19.10%
Turnout 288,592
Democratic gain from Republican Swing