1965 Virginia gubernatorial election

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Nominee Mills Godwin Linwood Holton William J. Story Jr.
Party Democratic Republican Conservative
Popular vote 269,526 212,207 75,307
Percentage 47.9% 37.7% 13.4%

1965 Virginia gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County and independent city results
Godwin:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Holton:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Story:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Albertis Harrison
Democratic

Elected Governor

Mills Godwin
Democratic

In the 1965 Virginia gubernatorial election, incumbent Governor Albertis Harrison, a Democrat, was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Linwood Holton, an attorney from Roanoke, was nominated by the Republican Party to run against Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Mills Godwin.

George Lincoln Rockwell, an avowed White Supremacist and founder/leader of the American Nazi Party, ran as an independent candidate.

Candidates

Results

Virginia gubernatorial election, 1965[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mills E. Godwin Jr. 296,526 47.89% -15.96%
Republican A. Linwood Holton Jr. 212,207 37.71% +1.56%
Conservative Party of Virginia (1965) William J. Story Jr. 75,307 13.38% +13.38%
Independent George Lincoln Rockwell 5,730 1.02%
Write-ins 19 <0.01%
Majority 84,319 14.98% -12.73%
Turnout 562,789
Democratic hold Swing

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