1966 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

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Nominee John Volpe Edward McCormack Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,277,358 752,720
Percentage 62.58% 36.88%

Municipal Results

Governor before election

John Volpe

Elected Governor

John Volpe

The 1966 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1966. Governor John A. Volpe was reelected to a four-year term.[1] He defeated former Attorney General Edward J. McCormack, Jr. in the general election.[2] This was the first election held since Governor's term of office was extended from two to four years.

Republican primary



Governor Volpe was unopposed for renomination.

Democratic primary



1966 Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial primary [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward J. McCormack, Jr. 343,381 55.12%
Democratic Kenneth O'Donnell 279,541 44.87%
Write-in All others 97 0.00%
Total votes 623,019 100.00%

General election

McCormack campaigning with Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey
McCormack campaigning with Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey


Volpe defeated McCormack by over a half million votes. He won the majority of the votes in every Massachusetts county.[4] This was the last general election in which the Governor and Lt. Governor were elected separately.

1966 Massachusetts gubernatorial election[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John A. Volpe (incumbent) 1,277,358 62.58%
Democratic Edward J. McCormack, Jr. 752,720 36.88%
Socialist Labor Henning A. Blomen 6,539 0.32%
Prohibition John C. Hedges 4,494 0.22%
Write-in All others 66 0.00%

See also


  1. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=174327
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=174327
  3. ^ Election Statistics.
  4. ^ Election Statistics.
  5. ^ Election Statistics.