1968 New Mexico gubernatorial election

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New Mexico gubernatorial election, 1968

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Nominee David Cargo Fabian Chavez Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 160,140 157,230
Percentage 50.2% 49.3%

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County results
Cargo:      50–60%
Chavez Jr.:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

David Cargo
Republican

Elected Governor

David Cargo
Republican

The 1968 New Mexico gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1968, in order to elect the Governor of New Mexico. Incumbent Republican David Cargo ran for reelection to a second term. This election was the last in which the governor was elected to a two-year term, instead of to a four-year term.

Democratic primary[edit]

The Democratic primary was won by former state senator Fabian Chavez Jr.

Results[edit]

New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1968[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Fabian Chavez Jr. 41,348 30.88
Democratic Bruce King 24,658 18.42
Democratic Calvin Horn 24,376 18.21
Democratic Mack Easley 21,436 16.01
Democratic Bobby M. Mayfield 19,528 14.59
Democratic Harry Stowers 2,543 1.90
Total votes 133,889 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

The Republican primary was won by Governor David Cargo.

Results[edit]

New Mexico Republican gubernatorial primary, 1968[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Cargo 28,014 54.86
Republican Clifford J. Hawley 23,052 45.14
Total votes 51,066 100.00

People's Constitutional Party nomination[edit]

Jose Maestes was the nominee of the People's Constitutional Party. He had replaced Reies Tijerina, who had been denied ballot access due to his status as a convicted felon.[3]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

New Mexico gubernatorial election, 1968[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Cargo 160,140 50.21
Democratic Fabian Chavez Jr. 157,230 49.29
People's Constitutional Jose Maestes 1,540 0.48
Other 65 0.02
Total votes 318,975 100.00
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NM Governor D Primary 1968". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "NM Governor R Primary 1968". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  3. ^ David Correia (1 March 2013). Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico. University of Georgia Press. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-8203-4502-4.
  4. ^ "NM Governor 1968". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 17, 2016.