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Massachusetts general election, 1974


Massachusetts general election, 1974

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 3, 1974 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 10, 1974.


  • Statewide elections 1
    • Governor & Lieutenant Governor 1.1
    • Attorney General 1.2
    • Secretary of the Commonwealth 1.3
    • Treasurer and Receiver-General 1.4
    • Auditor 1.5
  • References 2

Statewide elections

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Democrats Michael Dukakis and Thomas P. O'Neill III were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Republican incumbents Francis W. Sargent and Donald R. Dwight.

Attorney General

Incumbent Attorney General Robert H. Quinn did not run for reelection.

Edward Francis Harrington, S. Lester Ralph, Edward M. O'Brien, and Barry Hannon in the Democratic Primary.

Josiah Spaulding defeated Charles Codman Cabot, Jr. and William I. Cowin for the Republican nomination.

Belotti defeated Spaulding and Socialist Workers Party candidate Jeanne Lafferty in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Democratic Primary, 1974[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Francis X. Bellotti 274,439 36.21%
Democratic George Sacco 176,075 23.23%
Democratic Edward Francis Harrington 126,771 16.71%
Democratic S. Lester Ralph 90,489 11.94%
Democratic Edward M. O'Brien 56,796 7.50%
Democratic Barry Hannon 33,240 4.39%
Write-in 21 0.00%
Massachusetts Attorney General Republican Primary, 1974[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Josiah Spaulding 76,356 41.32%
Republican Charles Codman Cabot, Jr. 63,127 34.16%
Republican William I. Cowin 45,244 24.49%
Write-in 54 0.03%
Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1974[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Francis X. Belotti 912,244 49.67%
Republican Josiah Spaulding 894,754 48.71%
Socialist Workers Jeanne Lafferty 29,749 1.62%
Write-in 20 0.00%

Secretary of the Commonwealth

State Representative Paul Guzzi defeated incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth John Davoren in the Democratic primary.

Republican John M. Quinlan won the Republican nomination unopposed after former New England Patriots player Ron Burton withdrew from the race.[4]

In the general election, Guzzi defeated Republican John M. Quinlan.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Democratic Primary, 1974[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Paul Guzzi 398,684 56.81%
Democratic John Davoren 303,097 43.19%
Write-in 13 0.00%
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1974[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Paul Guzzi 1,155,636 64.49%
Republican John M. Quinlan 636,203 35.51%
Write-in 48 0.00%

Treasurer and Receiver-General

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General Robert Q. Crane defeated Charles Mark Furcolo in the Democratic Primary.

Erna Ballantine ran an unsuccessful sticker campaign for the Republican nomination.[7]

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1974[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert Q. Crane 355,216 51.03%
Democratic Charles Mark Furcolo 340,882 48.97%
Write-in 27 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1974[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert Q. Crane 1,387,119 99.97%
Write-in 382 0.03%


Incumbent Auditor Thaddeus M. Buczko ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary and the General Election.

Massachusetts Auditor General Election, 1974 [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thaddeus M. Buczko 1,369,431 99.99%
Write-in 196 0.01%


  1. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 218. 
  2. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 66. 
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 381. 
  4. ^ Peter Lucas; Rachelle Patterson (June 2, 1974). "Sargent defeats Sheehan, 2-1; both declare GOP convention result a victory". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 225. 
  6. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 389. 
  7. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 80. 
  8. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 232. 
  9. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 397. 
  10. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1974. p. 405. 
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