1964 Montana gubernatorial election

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1964 Montana gubernatorial election

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Nominee Tim Babcock Roland Renne
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 144,113 136,862
Percentage 51.29% 48.71%

Governor before election

Tim Babcock
Republican

Elected Governor

Tim Babcock
Republican

The 1964 Montana gubernatorial election took place on November 3, 1964. Incumbent Governor of Montana Tim M. Babcock, who became Governor upon the death of previous Governor Donald Grant Nutter, ran for re-election. He won the Republican primary unopposed, and advanced to the general election, where he faced Roland Renne, the former President of Montana State College and the Democratic nominee, in the general election. Despite the fact that then-President Lyndon B. Johnson won the state handily in that year's presidential election, Babcock managed to narrowly defeat Renne to win his second and final term as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roland Renne 71,967 55.93
Democratic Mike Kuchera 56,710 44.07
Total votes 128,677 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim M. Babcock (inc.) 56,425 100.00
Total votes 56,425 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Montana gubernatorial election, 1964[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tim M. Babcock (inc.) 144,113 51.29% -3.82%
Democratic Roland Renne 136,862 48.71% +3.82%
Majority 7,251 2.58% -7.63%
Turnout 280,975
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Report of the Official Canvass of the Vote Cast at the Primary Election Held in the State of Montana, June 2, 1964". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Official Montana General Election Returns, November 3, 1964". Montana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 5, 2014.