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1970 Georgia gubernatorial election

← 1966 November 3, 1970 1974 →
  Jimmy Carter official portrait as Governor.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Jimmy Carter Hal Suit
Party Democrat Republican
Popular vote 620,419 424,983
Percentage 59.3% 40.6%

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County results
Carter:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%
Suit:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Lester Maddox
Democrat

Elected Governor

Jimmy Carter
Democrat

The 1970 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1970. It was known for electing little-known former state Senator Jimmy Carter Governor of Georgia after a hard battle in the Democratic primary.

This election is famous because Carter, who was often seen as one of the New South Governors, later ran for president in 1976 on his gubernatorial record and won.

As of 2021, this is the last time Fulton County voted for the Republican candidate.

Democratic Primary results

First round

  • Jimmy Carter – 388,280 (48.62%)
  • Carl Sanders – 301,659 (37.77%)
  • Chevene B. "C. B." King – 70,424 (8.82%)
  • Ku Klux Klan leader Jesse Stoner – 17,663 (2.21%)
  • McKee Hargett – 9,440 (1.18%)
  • Thomas J. Irwin – 4,184 (0.52%)
  • Adam B. Matthews – 3,332 (0.42%)

Runoff

A runoff was held on September 23:

  • Carter – 506,462 (59.42%)
  • Sanders – 345,906 (40.58%)

Republican Primary results

General election

Georgia gubernatorial Election 1970
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democrat Jimmy Carter 620,419 59.28%
Republican Hal Suit 424,983 40.60%
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