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1970 Massachusetts general election

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The 1970 Massachusetts general election was held on November 3, 1970, throughout Massachusetts. Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 15, 1970.

At the federal level, Ted Kennedy was re-elected to the United States Senate and ten of the commonwealth's twelve incumbents were re-elected to the United States House of Representatives. One retired and one lost re-nomination. No seats switched parties.

Incumbents seeking reelection won all major state offices: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Auditor, and Treasurer.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Republicans Francis W. Sargent and Donald R. Dwight were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Democrats Kevin White and Michael Dukakis.

Secretary of the Commonwealth

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.

General election

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1970[1]
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%

Attorney General

Attorney General Robert H. Quinn, who was appointed by the Massachusetts General Court to fill the unexpired term of Elliot Richardson, was elected to a full term. He defeated Republican Donald L. Conn.

General election

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1970[2]
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%

Treasurer and Receiver-General

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.

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%

United States Senate

Democrat Ted Kennedy was re-elected to a second full term in office over Republican Josiah Spaulding.

United States House of Representatives

All of Massachusetts' twelve seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

Ten seats were won by candidates seeking re-election.

The 3rd District seat was won by Robert Drinan, who defeated incumbent Philip J. Philbin in the Democratic primary election. Philbin unsuccessfully campaigned as an independent candidate in the general election. The 9th District seat was won by Louise Day Hicks after incumbent John W. McCormack did not seek re-election.


  1. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1970. p. 310.
  2. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1970. p. 302.
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1970. p. 318.
  4. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1970. p. 325.
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