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1970 Connecticut gubernatorial election

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1970 Connecticut gubernatorial election

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Nominee Thomas J. Meskill Emilio Q. Daddario
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate T. Clark Hull Hugh C. Curran
Popular vote 582,160 500,561
Percentage 53.76% 46.23%

Connecticut Governor Election Results by County, 1970.svg
County Results

Meskill:      50–60%      60–70%

Daddario:      50–60%

Governor before election

John N. Dempsey

Elected Governor

Thomas Meskill

The 1970 Connecticut gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1970.

Incumbent Democratic Governor John N. Dempsey decided not to run for re-election. Republican nominee Thomas Meskill defeated Democratic nominee Emilio Q. Daddario with 53.76% of the vote.


Between 1956 and 1990 in Connecticut, party conventions nominated candidates subject to a system of "challenge" primaries that allowed defeated candidates to petition for a popular vote if they received at least 20 percent of the convention vote.[1][2]

Democratic nomination



Daddario was unopposed for the nomination at the state convention.[3]

Republican nomination



The Republican state convention was held on June 20, 1970 at Hartford.[4]

Republican convention results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Meskill 798 77.55
Republican Wallace Barnes 231 22.45
Total votes 1,029 100.00

The Republican primary election was held on August 12, 1970.[2][5]

Republican primary results[6][2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Meskill 93,419 71.42
Republican Wallace Barnes 37,383 28.58
Total votes 130,802 100.00

General election


  • Emilio Q. Daddario, Democratic
  • Thomas J. Meskill, Republican


1970 Connecticut gubernatorial election[7][8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Thomas Meskill 582,160 53.76%
Democratic Emilio Q. Daddario 500,561 46.23%
Write-ins 76 0.01%
Majority 81,599 7.54%
Turnout 1,082,797 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 104.
  2. ^ a b c America Votes 9, p. 63.
  3. ^ "Duffey is victor in Connecticut". New York Times. New York, NY. 20 August 1970. p. 1. Retrieved 2 May 2020. In the general election, two United States Representatives will be competing to replace retiring Gov. John N. Dempsey. They are Thomas J. Meskill. who won the Republican nomination in the primary, and. Emilio Q. (Mim) Daddario, who was unopposed and unanimously endorsed at the Democratic state convention.
  4. ^ a b c Treaster, Joseph B. (21 June 1970). "Connecticut G.O.P. Convention Backs Meskill for Governor and Weicker for Senate". New York Times. New York, NY. p. 65. Retrieved 2 May 2020. Mr. Meskill, a 42‐year‐old Representative received 798 of the 1,029 votes cast by the delegate's at Bushnell Memorial Auditorium. Mr. Barnes received 231 votes, more than the minimum 20 per cent required to qualify for a primary election.
  5. ^ Treaster, Joseph B. (13 August 1970). "Weicker, Meskill win in primaries". New York Times. New York, NY. p. 1. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  6. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 103.
  7. ^ "CT Governor, 1970". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  8. ^ Glashan 1979, pp. 44–45.
  9. ^ Congressional Quarterly 1998, p. 45.
  10. ^ America Votes 9, p. 58.


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