Florida gubernatorial election, 1970

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The Florida gubernatorial election of 1970 took place on November 3.

Overview[edit]

Incumbent Governor of Florida Claude Roy Kirk, Jr. was the first Republican who held Florida's governorship since Reconstruction. He was elected in 1966, when Republicans has made some gains in traditionally Democratic Deep South.

Republican nomination[edit]

Kirk defeated Jack Eckerd in a runoff election for the Republican nomination.

Democratic nomination[edit]

Candidates:

In primaries, held on September 3, none of these candidates was able to win majority, which resulted runoff.[1]

  • Faircloth - 227,413 (29.96%)
  • Askew - 206,333 (27.18%)
  • Mathews - 186,053 (24.51%)
  • Hall - 139,384 (18.36%)

Runoff (October 3):[2]

  • Askew - 447,025 (57.68%)
  • Faircloth - 328,038 (42.32%)

Thomas Burton Adams, Jr, Secretary of State, became Askew running mate.

General election[edit]

Askew and Adams defeated incumbents Governor Kirk and Lieutenant Governor Ray C. Osborn with respectable margin.[3]

On the very same day Florida elected to the United States Senate Democrat Lawton Chiles, who later was elected Governor in 1990.

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