1970 South Carolina gubernatorial election

1970 South Carolina gubernatorial election

November 3, 1970
 Gov. John C. West portrait.jpgAlbert W. Watson.jpg
NomineeJohn C. WestAlbert Watson
Popular vote251,151221,236

1970 South Carolina gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
West:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Watson:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Robert Evander McNair

Elected Governor

John Carl West

The 1970 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1970 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. John Carl West, the Democratic nominee, won a close general election against Albert Watson, the Republican congressman from the 2nd congressional district.


Both John Carl West and Albert Watson faced no opposition in their party's primaries which allowed both candidates to concentrate solely on the general election.

General election

The general election was held on November 3, 1970 and John Carl West was elected as the next governor of South Carolina. Turnout was even higher than the previous gubernatorial election because of the recent enfranchisement of black voters and the controversial candidacy of Albert Watson.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1970
DemocraticJohn Carl West 251,151 52.1 -6.1
RepublicanAlbert Watson221,23645.9+4.1
American IndependentAlfred W. "Red" Bethea9,7582.0+2.0
Democratic hold

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Preceded by
South Carolina gubernatorial electionsSucceeded by

Media files used on this page

Albert W. Watson.jpg
Albert Watson, U.S. Representative from South Carolina
Gov. John C. West portrait.jpg
Author/Creator: Photo scanned by South Carolina Political Collections at the University of South Carolina, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
A portrait of South Carolina Governor John C. West.