Massachusetts general election, 1970

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A Massachusetts general election was held on November 3, 1970 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 15, 1970.

Statewide elections[edit]

United States Senator[edit]

Democrat Ted Kennedy was re-elected over Republican Josiah Spaulding, Socialist Labor candidate Lawrence Gilfedder, and Prohibition candidate Mark R. Shaw.

Governor & Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Republicans Francis W. Sargent and Donald R. Dwight were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Democrats Kevin White and Michael Dukakis, Socialist Labor candidates Henning A. Blomen and Francis A. Votano, and Prohibition candidates John C. Hedges and Albert E. Bates.

Attorney General[edit]

Attorney General Robert H. Quinn, who was appointed by the Massachusetts General Court to fill the unexpired term of Elliot Richardson, defeated Republican Donald L. Conn and Socialist Labor candidate Willy N. Hogseth in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1970[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert H. Quinn 1,174,512 62.22%
Republican Donald L. Conn 697,010 36.92%
Socialist Labor Willy N. Hogseth 16,257 0.86%
Write-in 24 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Secretary of the Commonwealth John Davoren, who was appointed by the Massachusetts General Court to fill the unexpired term of Kevin White, defeated Republican Mary Newman, Socialist Labor candidate Edgar E. Gaudet, and Prohibition candidate Murvin Becker in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1970[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Davoren 1,155,636 64.49%
Republican Mary Newman 636,203 35.51%
Socialist Labor Edgar E. Gaudet 16,257 0.86%
Prohibition Murvin Becker 16,257 0.86%
Write-in 48 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General Robert Q. Crane defeated Republican Frederick Hannon, Socialist Labor candidate Roy K. Nelson, and Prohibition candidate John B. Lauder in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1970[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert Q. Crane 1,188,633 65.61%
Republican Frederick Hannon 592,934 32.73%
Socialist Labor Roy K. Nelson 20,667 1.14%
Prohibition John B. Lauder 9,457 0.52%
Write-in 6 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thaddeus M. Buczko defeated Republican Frank P. Bucci, Socialist Labor candidate Raymond Gray, and Prohibition candidate Roger I. Williams in the general election.

Massachusetts Auditor General Election, 1970[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thaddeus M. Buczko 1,222,783 66.87%
Republican Frank P. Bucci 574,178 31.40%
Socialist Labor Raymond Gray 18,184 0.99%
Prohibition Roger I. Williams 13,373 0.73%
Write-in 2 0.00%