New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1961

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New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1961

← 1957 November 7, 1961 1965 →

  Richard J. Hughes 1962.jpg Jpmitchell.jpg
Nominee Richard J. Hughes James P. Mitchell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,084,194 1,049,274
Percentage 50.4% 48.7%

Governor before election

Robert B. Meyner
Democratic

Elected Governor

Richard J. Hughes
Democratic

The New Jersey gubernatorial election of 1961 was a race for Governor of New Jersey held on November 7, 1961. Democrat Richard J. Hughes defeated Republican nominee James P. Mitchell with 50.37% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on Tuesday April 18, 1961.[1]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard J. Hughes 222,789 84.21
Democratic Weldon R. Sheets 21,285 8.05
Democratic Eugene E. Demarest 20,487 7.74
Total votes 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James P. Mitchell 202,188 43.68
Republican Walter H. Jones 160,553 34.69
Republican Wayne Dumont 95,761 20.69
Republican Louis Berns 4,376 0.95
Total votes 100.00

General election

Candidates

Major party candidates

  • Richard J. Hughes, Democratic
  • James P. Mitchell, Republican

Other candidates

  • Reinhart V. Metzger, Conservative
  • Henry B. Krajewski, Veterans Bonus Now
  • Edward J. Lueddeke, Prosperity with Liberty
  • G. George Addonizio, Independent
  • Albert Ronis, Socialist Labor Party of America
  • Daniel Petrino, State Soldiers Bonus
  • Ruth F. Shiminsky, Socialist Workers

Results

New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1961[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard J. Hughes 1,084,194 50.37%
Republican James P. Mitchell 1,049,274 48.74%
Independent Reinhart V. Metzger 5,820 0.27%
Independent Henry B. Krajewski 3,904 0.18%
Independent Edward J. Lueddeke 2,541 0.12%
Independent G. George Addonizio 2,462 0.11%
Socialist Labor Albert Ronis 2,103 0.10%
Independent Daniel Petrino 1,393 0.07%
Socialist Workers Ruth F. Shiminsky 971 0.05%
Majority
Turnout
Democratic hold Swing

References

  1. ^ a b c "Candidates for the Office of Governor - State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1961. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Votes Cast for the Office of Governor of the State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1961. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
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