1964 Arizona gubernatorial election

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1964 Arizona gubernatorial election

← 1962 November 3, 1964 1966 →
  No image.svg Attorney General Richard Kleindienst.jpg
Nominee Samuel Goddard Richard Kleindienst
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 252,098 221,404
Percentage 53.2% 46.8%

Arizona Governor Election Results by County, 1964.svg
County results
Goddard:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Kleindienst:      50–60%

Governor before election

Paul J. Fannin
Republican

Elected Governor

Samuel P. Goddard
Democratic

The 1964 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 3, 1964. Incumbent Governor Paul Fannin decided not to run for reelection to a fourth term as governor, instead deciding to successfully run for the United States Senate when incumbent U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater decided to run for President of the United States.

Despite Goldwater being at the top of the ticket as the Republican nominee for President against Lyndon Johnson, Samuel Pearson Goddard, who lost to Fannin in 1962, won the Democratic nomination and subsequently the general election, defeating Arizona Republican Party Chairman Richard Kleindienst (who would later serve as US Attorney General in the administration of Richard Nixon). Goddard was sworn into his first and only term as governor on January 4, 1965.

Republican primary[edit]

The Republican primary took place on September 8, 1964. Incumbent Governor Paul Fannin decided not to run for a fourth consecutive term, instead opting to run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, who had instead decided to run for President of the United States. Arizona Republican Party Chairman Richard Kleindienst, as well as state senator and 1962 Republican U.S. Senate nominee Evan Mecham sought the Republican nomination to succeed Paul Fannin, with Kleindienst winning by a wide margin.

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Kleindienst 64,310 62.78%
Republican Evan Mecham 38,131 37.22%
Total votes 102,441 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Samuel P. Goddard, 1962 Democratic nominee for governor
  • Art Brock
  • J. Michael Morris
  • David C. Cox

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Samuel Pearson Goddard 114,377 60.04%
Democratic Art Brock 57,067 29.96%
Democratic J. Michael Morris 11,303 5.93%
Democratic David C. Cox 7,749 4.07%
Total votes 190,496 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1964[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Samuel Pearson Goddard 252,098 53.24%
Republican Richard Kleinsdienst 221,404 46.76%
Majority 30,694 6.48%
Turnout 473,502
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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