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Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1838

Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1838

November 6, 1838 (1838-11-06)

Candidate David R. Porter Joseph Ritner
Party Democratic Anti-Masonic
Popular vote 127,821 122,325
Percentage 51.1% 48.9%

County results*
  *Results unknown

Governor before election

Joseph Ritner

Elected Governor

David R. Porter

The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1838 was between two candidates. Incumbent Governor Joseph Ritner ran as an Anti-Masonic candidate. Ritner's defeat by Democrat David R. Porter prompted the Buckshot War.


Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 1838[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David R. Porter 127,821 51.10%
Anti-Masonic Joseph Ritner 122,325 48.90%
Totals 250,146 100.00%


  1. ^ Smull, John A. (1870). Pennsylvania Legislative Handbook. Harrisburg, PA: State of Pennsylvania. p. 207. 

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