Lieutenant Governor, 1938 Election

Primary Republican

Date: June 20, 1938
Cycle: 1938
Office: Lieutenant Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
C. Elmer Anderson Man Republican 82,831 35.53 +0.71
J. Russell (J.R.) Sweitzer Man Republican 81,171 34.82
George W. Johnson Man Republican 69,119 29.65

This was the second most narrowly decided Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor in Minnesota history.

Anderson was a resident of Brainerd, former chairman of the Crow Wing County Young Republican League, and owner and president of a newspaper and magazine wholesaling business.

Sweitzer was a contractor from St. Paul, former state Representative (HD 42, 1921-1937), and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1936.

Johnson worked in the insurance business in Duluth and was a former state Representative (HD 59, 1925-1937) and House Speaker (1935-1937).


  • The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota, 1939 (p. 211).