Secretary of State, 1938 Election


Date: November 8, 1938
Cycle: 1938
Office: Secretary of State
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Mike Holm Incumbent Man Republican 690,312 62.64 +32.83
Paul A. Rasmussen Man Farmer-Labor 328,474 29.80
Hugh T. (H.T.) Kennedy Man Democrat 83,298 7.56

Secretary of State Holm was reelected to his 10th of 16 terms.

Rasmussen was a resident of Moorhead and state Budget Director. Rasmussen was subsequently the Farmer-Labor candidate for Governor in 1942, DFL Railroad & Warehouse Commissioner nominee in 1946, DFL nominee for Treasurer in 1950, DFL candidate for Governor in 1954, DFL Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner (1952-1967), and DFL Public Service Commissioner (1967-1970).

Kennedy was a resident of Kerkhoven, Democratic nominee for an at-large U.S. House seat in 1932, and Democratic nominee for Secretary of State in 1934.


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1939 (Abstract of Votes Polled for State Officers By Counties).