1965 Virginia gubernatorial election Information

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Virginia gubernatorial election, 1965

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Nominee Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Linwood Holton William J. Story Jr.
Party Democratic Republican Conservative
Popular vote 269,526 212,207 75,307
Percentage 47.89% 37.71% 13.38%

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Virginia gubernatorial election results map.
Blue denotes counties/independent cities won by Godwin.
Red denotes those won by Holton.
Brown denotes those won by Story.

Governor before election

Albertis S. Harrison, Jr.

Elected Governor

Mills E. Godwin, Jr.

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

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



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 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