1970 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1970

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Nominee Ted Kennedy Josiah Spaulding
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,202,856 715,978
Percentage 62.2% 37.0%

1970 US Senate special election in Massachusetts results by municipality.svg
Municipal results

U.S. Senator before election

Ted Kennedy
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ted Kennedy
Democratic

The 1970 United States Senate election in Massachusetts was held on November 3, 1970. The incumbent Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy defeated his challengers. This was Kennedy's first election run since the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident. Kennedy won 62.2% of the electoral votes, down from 74.3% that he won in the previous election in 1964, indicating that Chappaquiddick did affect his election popularity.

This was the last election in which Ted Kennedy lost any Massachusetts county. Spaulding carried Barnstable, Dukes, Franklin, and Nantucket Counties.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Primary [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Josiah Spaulding 109,306 57.32
Republican John J. McCarthy 81,356 42.66

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Ted Kennedy (Democratic) - Incumbent U.S. Senator first elected in 1962 (to John Kennedy's unexpired term) and elected to a full term in 1964.
  • Lawrence Gilfedder (Socialist Labor)
  • Mark R. Shaw (Prohibition) - Former Prohibition Party candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 1946, 1952, 1958, 1969, 1962, and 1966. He was the party's candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 1948 and 1956. In 1964, he was the Prohibition Party's candidate for vice-president of the United States.[3]
  • Josiah Spaulding (Republican) - Businessman

Results[edit]

Results by county
  Republican >= 50%
  Democrat >= 50%
  Democrat >= 60%
  Democrat >= 70%
General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward M. Kennedy (Incumbent) 1,202,856 62.16 -12.1
Republican Josiah Spaulding 715,978 37.00 +11.58
Socialist Labor Lawrence Gilfedder 10,378 0.54 +0.33
Prohibition Mark R. Shaw 5,944 0.31 +0.19

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