1966 Arizona gubernatorial election

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1966 Arizona gubernatorial election

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Nominee Jack Williams Samuel Goddard
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 203,438 174,904
Percentage 53.8% 46.2%

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County Results

Williams:      50-60%      60-70%

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

Governor before election

Samuel Goddard

Elected Governor

Jack Williams

The 1966 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1966. Incumbent Governor Samuel Pearson Goddard ran for reelection to a second term as Governor, narrowly winning the Democratic Party nomination as he was challenged by Justice of the Peace Norman Green.

Goddard went on to lose the general election to former Mayor of Phoenix Jack Williams. Williams was sworn into his first term as Governor on January 2, 1967.

Democratic primary[edit]


  • Samuel P. Goddard, incumbent Governor
  • Norman Green, Justice of the Peace
  • Andrew J. Gilbert


Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Samuel Pearson Goddard 63,180 44.89%
Democratic Norman Green 53,921 38.31%
Democratic Andrew J. Gilbert 23,637 16.80%
Total votes 140,738 100.00

Republican primary[edit]


  • Jack Williams, former Mayor of Phoenix
  • John Haugh, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives
  • Robert W. Pickrell, Attorney General of Arizona


Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Williams 37,409 44.27%
Republican John Haugh 25,905 30.66%
Republican Robert W. Pickrell 21,192 25.08%
Total votes 84,506 100.00

General election[edit]


Arizona gubernatorial election, 1966[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jack Williams 203,438 53.77%
Democratic Samuel Pearson Goddard 174,904 46.23%
Majority 28,534 7.54%
Turnout 378,342
Republican gain from Democratic Swing