1970 Massachusetts gubernatorial election
|Elections in Massachusetts|
The 1970 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1970. Acting Governor Francis W. Sargent was elected to a four-year term. He defeated incumbent Boston Mayor Kevin H. White in the general election.
This was the first Massachusetts election in which the governor and lieutenant governor were elected as a ticket rather than separately.
- 1 Republican primary
- 2 Democratic primary
- 3 General election
- 4 References
- Francis Sargent, acting Governor
Acting Governor Francis Sargent was unopposed for renomination.
- Donald R. Dwight, Commissioner of Finance and Administration
Eliminated at convention
- Martin A. Linsky, State Representative
With Sargent's support, Dwight won the endorsement of the state party at the Republican convention. State Rep. Martin A. Linsky was Sargent's original choice for the nomination, however two weeks before the convention, Linsky dropped out of the race after it was revealed that police officers had once stopped his car and informed him that the woman was traveling with was a prostitute. After Linsky dropped out, Sargent endorsed Dwight.
- Francis X. Bellotti, former Lieutenant Governor
- Maurice A. Donahue, President of the Massachusetts Senate
- Kenneth O'Donnell, former aide to President John F. Kennedy
- Kevin White, mayor of Boston
Despite losing at the convention, White went on to win the Democratic Primary, defeating Donahue by 12,940 votes.
|Democratic||Kevin H. White||231,605||34.33%|
|Democratic||Maurice A. Donahue||218,665||32.42%|
|Democratic||Francis X. Bellotti||164,313||24.36%|
- Rocco Antonelli, Somerville Treasurer
- John J. Craven, Jr., member of Boston School Committee
- Kathleen Ryan Dacey, member of Boston School Committee
- Michael Dukakis, State Representative
- James McCormack, attorney
|Democratic||Kathleen Ryan Dacey||54,205||8.79%|
|Democratic||John J. Craven, Jr.||48,300||7.83%|
Sargent defeated White by 259,354 votes. He won 11 of the Massachusetts' 14 counties and beat White in his home city of Boston 54–45%.
|Republican||Francis W. Sargent
(Donald R. Dwight)
|Democratic||Kevin H. White
|Socialist Labor||Henning A. Blomen
(Francis A. Votano)
|Prohibition||John C. Hedges
(Albert E. Bates)
- Nyhan, David (June 28, 1970). "Dwight Defeats Quinlan on 1st Ballot". The Boston Globe.
- "Moderate Named As Kennedy Foe". Associated Press. June 28, 1970. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
- Jeff Bradley (June 15, 1970). "Donahue Given Endorsement By De mocrats in Bay State". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- Election Statistics.
- Election Statistics.
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