Massachusetts general election, 1964

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A Massachusetts general election was held on November 3, 1964 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held on September 10, 1964.

This was the final election before the Term of office for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treasurer, and Auditor was extended from two to four years.

Statewide elections[edit]

United States Senator[edit]

Democrat Ted Kennedy was re-elected over Republican Howard J. Whitmore, Jr., Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Grace F. Luder.


Republican John A. Volpe was elected over Democrat Francis X. Bellotti, Socialist Labor candidate Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidate Guy S. Williams. Incumbent Governor Endicott Peabody lost in the Democratic primary to Bellotti, his Lieutenant Governor.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Republican Elliot L. Richardson was elected Lieutenant Governor over Democrat John W. Costello, Socialist Labor candidate Edgar E. Gaudet, and Prohibition candidate Prescott E. Grout.

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Attorney General Edward Brooke defeated Democrat James W. Hennigan, Jr., Socialist Workers candidate Willy N. Hogseth, and Prohibition candidate Howard B. Rand in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1964[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Edward Brooke 1,036,739 67.18%
Democratic James W. Hennigan, Jr. 746,390 32.48%
Socialist Workers Willy N. Hogseth 4,716 0.21%
Prohibition Howard B. Rand 3,030 0.13%
Write-in 4 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth Kevin White, defeated Republican Wallace B. Crawford, Socialist Labor candidate Fred M. Ingersoll, and Prohibition candidate Julia B. Kohler in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1964[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kevin White 1,572,871 71.20%
Republican Wallace B. Crawford 621,894 28.15%
Socialist Workers Fred M. Ingersoll 8,369 0.38%
Prohibition Julia B. Kohler 6,074 0.28%
Write-in 7 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General John T. Driscoll did not run for re-election as he had been appointed Chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

Robert Q. Crane defeated Louise Day Hicks, John Francis Kennedy, and John J. Buckley in the Democratic primary.

Crane defeated Republican Robert Hahn, Socialist Labor candidate Arne A. Sortell, and Prohibition candidate Warren C. Carberg in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1964[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert Q. Crane 238,629 35.87%
Democratic Louise Day Hicks 163,201 24.53%
Democratic John Francis Kennedy 139,736 21.01%
Democratic John J. Buckley 123,519 18.57%
Write-in 175 0.03%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1964[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert Q. Crane 1,390,921 64.16%
Republican Robert Hahn 762,593 35.18%
Socialist Workers Arne A. Sortell 8,017 0.37%
Prohibition Warren C. Carberg 6,295 0.29%
Write-in 3 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thomas J. Buckley died on September 9, 1964, the night before the Democratic primary. Rocco Antonelli, Richard J. Mulhern, Peter F. Hines, James Linchan, and Raymond Rigney ran sticker campaigns, but none of them received enough votes to win the nomination.

The Democratic State Committee chose Thaddeus M. Buczko over John J. Buckley, Louise Day Hicks, and Peter F. Hines to succeed Buckley for the Democratic nomination.

In the general election, Buczko defeated Republican Elwynn Miller, Socialist Labor candidate Ethelbert L. Nevens, and Prohibition candidate John C. Hedges in the general election.

Massachusetts Auditor Democratic Primary, 1964[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas J. Buckley (Deceased) 375,917 95.95%
Other 4,355 1.11%
Democratic Rocco Antonelli (Write-in) 2,859 0.73%
Democratic Richard J. Mulhern (Write-in) 2,839 0.73%
Democratic Peter F. Hines (Write-in) 2,837 0.72%
Democratic James Linchan (Write-in) 2,545 0.65%
Democratic Raymond Rigney (Write-in) 436 0.11%
Massachusetts Auditor Democratic Committee Vote for Replacement Nominee[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thaddeus M. Buczko 40 56.34%
Democratic John J. Buckley 23 32.39%
Democratic Louise Day Hicks 7 9.86%
Democratic Peter F. Hines 1 1.41%
Massachusetts Auditor General Election, 1964[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thaddeus M. Buczko 1,247,674 58.38%
Republican Elwynn Miller 868,813 40.66%
Prohibition John C. Hedges 11,368 0.53%
Socialist Workers Ethelbert L. Nevens 9,175 0.43%
Write-in 9 0.00%


  1. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1964. p. 444. 
  2. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1964. p. 450. 
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1964. p. 241. 
  4. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1964. p. 456. 
  5. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1964. p. 247. 
  6. ^ Hanron, Robert (September 19, 1964). "Democrats Pick Buczko As Nominee for Auditor". Boston Globe. 
  7. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1964. p. 462.