1968 Arizona gubernatorial election

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1968 Arizona gubernatorial election

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Nominee Jack Williams Samuel Goddard
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 279,923 204,075
Percentage 57.8% 42.2%

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County Results

Williams:      50-60%      60-70%

Goddard:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Jack Williams

Elected Governor

Jack Williams

The 1968 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1968. Incumbent Governor Jack Williams ran for reelection to a second term as governor. Former Governor Samuel Pearson Goddard, who lost to Williams in 1966, again challenged Williams, losing to him in a repeat of the previous election cycle. Williams was sworn into his second term as governor on January 7, 1969.

Republican primary[edit]


Democratic primary[edit]


  • Samuel P. Goddard, former governor
  • Currin V. Shields, director of the Institute of Government Research at the University of Arizona
  • Jack DeVault


Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Samuel Pearson Goddard 112,948 73.39%
Democratic Currin V. Shields 30,337 19.71%
Democratic Jack DeVault 10,613 6.90%
Total votes 153,898 100.00

General election[edit]


Arizona gubernatorial election, 1968[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jack Williams 279,923 57.84%
Democratic Samuel Pearson Goddard 204,075 42.16%
Majority 75,848 15.68%
Turnout 483,998
Republican gain from Democratic Swing