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1970 Tennessee gubernatorial election

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1970 Tennessee gubernatorial election

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Nominee Winfield Dunn John Jay Hooker
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 575,777 509,521
Percentage 51.95% 45.98%

Tennessee Governor Election Results by County, 1970.svg
County results
Winfield:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Hooker:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Buford Ellington

Elected Governor

Winfield Dunn

The 1970 Tennessee gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1970. Republican nominee Winfield Dunn defeated Democratic nominee John Jay Hooker with 51.95% of the vote. Dunn became the first Republican Governor of Tennessee in fifty years.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on August 6, 1970.[1]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Jay Hooker 261,580 44.33
Democratic Stan Snodgrass 193,199 32.74
Democratic Robert L. Taylor 90,009 15.25
Democratic Mary Anderson 29,175 4.94
Democratic Ralph W. Emerson 12,608 2.14
Democratic James A. Newton 3,490 0.59
Total votes 590,061 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Winfield Dunn 81,475 33.26
Republican Maxey Jarman 70,420 28.74
Republican Bill Jenkins 50,910 20.78
Republican Claude Robertson 40,547 16.55
Republican Hubert David Patty 1,647 0.67
Total votes 244,999 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • Winfield Dunn, Republican
  • John Jay Hooker, Democratic

Other candidates

  • Douglas L. Heinsohn, American


1970 Tennessee gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Winfield Dunn 575,777 51.95%
Democratic John Jay Hooker 509,521 45.98%
American Douglas L. Heinsohn 22,945 2.07%
Majority 66,256
Turnout 1,108,247
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ a b c Guide to U.S. elections - CQ Press, Congressional Quarterly, inc. CQ Press. 2005. ISBN 9781568029818. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  2. ^ Cook, Rhodes (26 October 2017). America Votes 32: 2015-2016, Election Returns by State - Rhodes Cook. ISBN 9781506368993. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
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