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Massachusetts general election, 1978

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 7, 1978 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 14, 1978.

Statewide elections

United States Senator

Democratic Democratic Congressman Paul E. Tsongas was elected over incumbent Republican Edward Brooke.

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Democrats Edward J. King and Thomas P. O'Neill III were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Republican candidates Francis W. Hatch, Jr. and William I. Cowin.

Attorney General

Democrat Francis X. Belotti was elected Attorney General. He defeated Republican William Weld in the general election.

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 1978 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Francis X. Belotti 1,532,835 78.43%
Republican William Weld 421,417 21.56%
Write-in 64 0.01%

Secretary of the Commonwealth

State Representative Michael J. Connolly defeated Lois Pines, Anthony J. Vigliotti, James Hennigan, David E. Crosby, William J. Galvin, Jr., and John Fulham in the Democratic primary and Republican John W. Sears in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Democratic Primary, 1978 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Michael J. Connolly 192,641 25.81%
Democratic Lois Pines 185,504 24.85%
Democratic Anthony J. Vigliotti 103,895 13.91%
Democratic James Hennigan 80,402 10.77%
Democratic David E. Crosby 78,372 10.50%
Democratic William J. Galvin, Jr. 67,180 9.00%
Democratic John Fulham 38,337 5.13%
Write-in 12 0.00%
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 1978 [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Michael J. Connolly 1,115,409 59.96%
Republican John W. Sears 744,488 40.02%
Write-in 169 0.02%

Treasurer and Receiver-General

Incumbent Treasurer and Receiver-General Robert Q. Crane defeated Lawrence DiCara, Paul Cacchiotti, Dayce Moore, Thomas Lopes, and Lawrence Blacke in the Democratic Primary and Republican Lewis Crampton in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic Primary, 1978 [4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert Q. Crane 375,688 49.04%
Democratic Lawrence DiCara 231,315 30.19%
Democratic Paul Cacchiotti 45,029 5.88%
Democratic Dayce Moore 43,466 5.67%
Democratic Thomas Lopes 39,691 5.18%
Democratic Lawrence Blacke 30,930 4.04%
Write-in 24 0.00%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 1978 [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert Q. Crane 1,125,960 60.24%
Republican Lewis Crampton 743,231 39.76%
Write-in 67 0.00%


Incumbent Auditor Thaddeus M. Buczko defeated Peter Meade in the Democratic primary and Republican Timothy F. O'Brien in the general election.

O'Brien replaced William A. Casey as the Republican nominee after Casey dropped out of the race. After conservative Edward J. King defeated Michael Dukakis for the Democratic nomination for governor, Casey chose to drop-out and support the pro-life King over the pro-choice Republican nominee Francis Hatch.[6]

O'Brien was selected by the State Committee over attorney Ralph Barbagallo, Jr. and William Sargent, the son of former Governor Francis W. Sargent.[6]

Massachusetts Auditor Democratic Primary, 1978 [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thaddeus M. Buczko 448,294 59.57%
Democratic Peter Meade 304,218 40.43%
Write-in 10 0.00%
Massachusetts Auditor General Election, 1978 [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thaddeus M. Buczko 1,189,562 64.91%
Republican Timothy F. O'Brien 643,096 35.09%
Write-in 48 0.00%


  1. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1978. 
  2. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1978. 
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1978. 
  4. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1978. 
  5. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1978. 
  6. ^ a b Brown, Thomas S. (September 26, 1978). "Republicans Seek Casey Replacement". Associated Press. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1978. 
  8. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1978. 
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