Florida gubernatorial election, 1970
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The Florida gubernatorial election of 1970 took place on November 3.
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 
Democratic nomination 
- President pro tempore of the Florida Senate Reubin O'Donovan Askew
- Earl Faircloth
- Chuck Hall
- John E. Mathews
In primaries, held on September 3, none of these candidates was able to win majority, which resulted runoff.
- Faircloth - 227,413 (29.96%)
- Askew - 206,333 (27.18%)
- Mathews - 186,053 (24.51%)
- Hall - 139,384 (18.36%)
Runoff (October 3):
- Askew - 447,025 (57.68%)
- Faircloth - 328,038 (42.32%)
Thomas Burton Adams, Jr, Secretary of State, became Askew running mate.
General election 
- Reubin Askew/Thomas Burton Adams, Jr. (D) - 984,305 (56.88%)
- Claude Roy Kirk, Jr./Ray C. Osborn (R, Inc.) - 746,243 (43.12%)
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