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1970 Ohio gubernatorial election

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1970 Ohio gubernatorial election

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Nominee John J. Gilligan Roger Cloud
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,725,560 1,382,659
Percentage 54.19% 43.42%

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County results
Gilligan:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Cloud:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Jim Rhodes

Elected Governor

John J. Gilligan

The 1970 Ohio gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1970. Democratic nominee John J. Gilligan defeated Republican nominee Roger Cloud with 54.19% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on May 5, 1970.[1]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John J. Gilligan 547,675 59.69
Democratic Robert E. Sweeney 216,195 23.56
Democratic Mark McElroy 153,702 16.75
Total votes 917,572 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Cloud 468,369 50.46
Republican Donald "Buz" Lukens 283,257 30.52
Republican Paul W. Brown 164,672 17.74
Republican Albert Sealy 11,825 1.27
Total votes 928,131 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • John J. Gilligan, Democratic
  • Roger Cloud, Republican

Other candidates

  • Edward T. Lawton, American Independent
  • Joseph Pirincin, Socialist Labor


1970 Ohio gubernatorial election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John J. Gilligan 1,725,560 54.19%
Republican Roger Cloud 1,382,659 43.42%
American Independent Edward T. Lawton 61,300 1.93%
Socialist Labor Joseph Pirincin 14,087 0.44%
Majority 342,903
Turnout 3,184,131
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ a b "Democratic Primary: May 5, 1970". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  2. ^ "Republican Primary: May 5, 1970". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  3. ^ "General Election Overview: November 3, 1970". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
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