1973 Virginia gubernatorial election

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Virginia gubernatorial election, 1973

← 1969 November 6, 1973 1977 →
  Mills Godwin 1974.jpg Henry Howell 1972.jpg
Nominee Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Henry Howell
Party Republican Independent
Popular vote 525,075 510,103
Percentage 50.71% 49.26%

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Virginia gubernatorial election results map.
Red denotes counties/independent cities won by Godwin.
Gray denotes those won by Howell.

Governor before election

A. Linwood Holton, Jr.

Elected Governor

Mills E. Godwin, Jr.

In the 1973 Virginia gubernatorial election, incumbent Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., a Republican, was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Mills E. Godwin, Jr., former Democratic Governor of Virginia, was nominated by the Republican Party to run against Independent Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Henry Howell. The Democrats did not field a candidate.



Virginia gubernatorial election, 1977[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mills E. Godwin, Jr. 525,075 50.71% -1.80%
Independent Henry Howell 510,103 49.26%
Write-ins 317 0.03%
Majority 14,972 1.45% -5.67%
Turnout 1,035,495
Republican hold Swing