Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1966

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Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1966

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  Volpe.gif McCormack (10559283335).jpg
Nominee John A. Volpe Edward J. McCormack, Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,277,358 752,720
Percentage 62.58% 36.88%

Governor before election

John A. Volpe

Elected Governor

John A. Volpe

The 1966 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1966. Governor John A. Volpe was reelected to a four-year term.[1] He defeated former Attorney General Edward J. McCormack, Jr. in the general election.[2] This was the first election held since Governor's Term of office was extended from two to four years.


Volpe ran unopposed in the Republican primary. McCormack defeated former Presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell in the Democratic primary.

1966 Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial primary [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Edward J. McCormack, Jr. 343,381 55.12%
Democratic Kenneth O'Donnell 279,541 44.87%
Write-in All others 97 0.00%

Worcester attorney Joseph E. McGuire defeated Herbert L. Connolly in the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor. Francis W. Sargent ran unopposed in the Republican primary

1966 Massachusetts Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph E. McGuire 32,842 54.82%
Democratic Herbert L. Connolly 27,063 45.17%
Write-in All others 3 0.00%

General election[edit]

Volpe defeated McCormack by over a half million votes. He won the majority of the votes in every Massachusetts county.[5]

1966 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John A. Volpe 1,277,358 62.58%
Democratic Edward J. McCormack, Jr. 752,720 36.88%
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 6,539 0.32%
Prohibition John C. Hedges 4,494 0.22%
Write-in All others 66 0.00%

Francis W. Sargent defeated Joseph E. McGuire by 199,939 votes. It was the last general election in which the Governor and Lt. Governor were elected separately.

1966 Massachusetts Lt. gubernatorial election[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Francis W. Sargent 1,059,846 54.58%
Democratic Joseph E. McGuire 859,907 44.28%
Socialist Labor Francis A. Votano 14,822 0.76%
Prohibition Grace F. Luder 7,202 0.37%
Write-in All others 66 0.00%