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Following are the results of elections of governors from 1950 until 1972. Party primaries as well as general elections are included whenever possible although Republican totals are not available for some early primaries.

The official canvass from the Legislature, the Archives Section of the Texas State Library, and the Texas Secretary of State annual reports are used when available. Otherwise, reports from various editions of the Texas Almanac are used.

Party designations abbreviated are: Dem., Democratic; Rep., Republican; Lib., Libertarian; Ind., Independent; W-I, write-in.

Under the state Constitution of 1876, governors served two-year terms, until that was amended in 1972 to four-year terms.

1972

Democratic Primary

Dolph Briscoe 963,397 43.93 %
Frances Farenthold 612,051 27.91 %
Ben Barnes 392,356 17.89 %
Preston Smith 190,709 8.70 %
William H. Posey 13,727 0.63 %
Gordon F. Wills 10,438 0.48 %
Robert E. Looney 10,225 0.47 %
Total vote 2,192,903  

 Democratic Runoff

Dolph Briscoe 1,095,168 55.32 %
Frances Farenthold 884,594 44.68 %
Total vote 1,979,762  

Republican Primary

Henry C. Grover 37,118 32.56 %
Albert Fay 24,329 21.34 %
David Reagan 20,119 17.65 %
Tom McElroy 19,559 17.16 %
John A. Hall Sr. 8,018 7.03 %
J.A. Jenkins 4,864 4.27 %
Total vote 114,007  

Republican Runoff

Henry C. Grover 37,842 66.38 %
Albert Fay 19,166 33.62 %
Total vote 57,008  

General Election

Dolph Briscoe Dem. 1,633,493 47.91 %
Henry C. Grover Rep. 1,533,986 44.99 %
Ramsey Muniz La Raza Unida 214,118 6.28 %
Deborah Leonard Socialist Workers 24,103 0.71 %
Others   3,891  
Total vote   3,409,501  

1970

Democratic Primary

Preston Smith (unopposed) 1,011,300 100.00 %
Total vote 1,011,300  

 Republican Primary

Paul Eggers 101,875 93.45 %
Roger Martin 7,146 6.55 %
Total vote 109,021  

General Election

Preston Smith Dem. 1,232,506 53.43 %
Paul Eggers Rep. 1,073,831 46.55 %
Others   428  
Total vote   2,306,765  

 1968

Democratic Primary

Don Yarborough 421,607 24.08 %
Preston Smith 386,875 22.10 %
Waggoner Carr 257,543 14.71 %
Dolph Briscoe 225,686 12.89 %
Eugene Locke 218,118 12.46 %
John Hill 154,908 8.85 %
Pat O'Daniel 47,912 2.74 %
Edward L. Whittenburg 22,957 1.31 %
Alfonso Veloz 9,562 0.55 %
Johnnie Mae Hackworthe 5,484 0.31 %
Total vote 1,750,652  

Democratic Runoff

Preston Smith 767,490 55.27 %
Don Yarborough 621,226 44.73 %
 Total vote 1,388,716  

Republican Primary

Paul Eggers 65,501 62.52 %
John Trice 28,849 27.54 %
Wallace Sisk 10,415 9.94 %
Total vote 104,765  

 General Election

Preston Smith Dem. 1,662,019 56.99 %
Paul Eggers Rep. 1,254,333 43.01 %
Total vote   2,916,352  

1966

Democratic Primary

John Connally 932,641 74.29 %
Stanley C. Woods 291,651 23.23 %
Johnnie Mae Hackworthe 31,105 2.48 %
Others 3  
Total vote 1,255,400  

 Republican Primary

T.E. Kennerly (unopposed) 49,568 100.00 %
Total vote 49,568  

General Election

John Connally Dem. 1,037,517 72.76 %
T.E. Kennerly Rep. 368,025 25.81 %
Tommye Gillespie Constituion 10,454 0.73 %
Bard Logan Conservative 9,810 0.69 %
Others   55  
Total vote   1,425,861  

1964

Democratic Primary

John Connally 1,125,884 69.06 %
Don Yarborough 471,411 28.92 %
M.T. Banks 22,047 1.35 %
Johnnie Mae Hackworthe 10,995 0.67 %
Total vote 1,630,297  

Republican Primary

Jack Crichton (unopposed) 128,146 100.00 %
Total vote 128,146  

General Election

John Connally Dem. 1,877,793 73.79 %
Jack Crichton Rep. 661,675 26.00 %
John C. Williams Constitution 5,257 0.21 %
Others   28  
Total vote   2,544,753  

1962

Democratic Primary

John Connally 431,498 29.82 %
Don Yarborough 317,986 21.97 %
Price Daniel 248,524 17.17 %
Will Wilson 171,617 11.86 %
Marshall Formby 139,094 9.61 %
Edwin A. Walker 138,387 9.56 %
Others 9  
Total vote 1,447,115  

Democratic Runoff

John Connally 565,174 51.19 %
Don Yarborough 538,924 48.81 %
Total vote 1,104,098  

Republican Primary

Jack Cox 99,170 86.01 %
Roy Whittenburg 16,136 13.99 %
Total vote 115,306  

General Election

John Connally Dem. 847,038 53.98 %
Jack Cox Rep. 715,025 45.57 %
Jack Carswell Constitution 7,125 0.45 %
Total vote   1,569,198  

1960

Democratic Primary

Price Daniel 908,992 59.46 %
Jack Cox 619,834 40.54 %
Others 8  
Total vote 1,528,834  

General Election

Price Daniel Dem. 1,627,698 72.75 %
Wm.M. Steger Rep. 609,808 27.25 %
Total vote   2,237,506  

1958

Democratic Primary

Price Daniel 799,107 60.65 %
Henry B. Gonzalez 246,969 18.75 %
W. Lee O'Daniel 238,767 18.12 %
Joe A. Irwin 33,643 2.55 %
Others 6  
Total vote 1,317,492  

General Election

Price Daniel Dem. 695,779 88.09 %
Edwin S. Mayer Rep. 94,086 11.91 %
Total vote   789,865  

1956

Democratic Primary

Price Daniel 628,914 39.88 %
Ralph W. Yarborough 463,416  29.39 %
W. Lee O'Daniel 347,757 22.05 %
J. Evetts Haley 88,772 5.63 %
Reuben Senterfitt 37,774 2.40 %
J.J. Holmes 10,165 0.64 %
Others 72  
Total vote 1,576,870  

Democratic Runoff

Price Daniel 698,001 50.11 %
Ralph W. Yarborough 694,830 49.89 %
Total vote 1,392,831  

 General Election

Price Daniel Dem. 1,350,736 78.34 %
William R. Bryant Rep. 261,283 15.15 %
W. Lee O'Daniel W-I 110,234 6.39 %
Others   1,838  
Total vote   1,724,091  

1954

Democratic Primary

Allan Shivers 668,913 49.52 %
Ralph W. Yarborough 645,994 47.82 %
J.J. Holmes 19,591 1.45 %
Arion B. "Cyclone" Davis Jr. 16,254 1.20 %
Total vote 1,350,752  

Democratic Runoff

Allan Shivers 775,088 53.15 %
Ralph W. Yarborough 683,132 46.85 %
Total vote 1,458,220  

General Election

Allan Shivers Dem. 569,533 89.42 %
Tod R. Adams Rep. 66,154 10.39 %
Others   1,205  
Total vote   636,892  

 1952

Democratic Primary

Allan Shivers 833,861 61.48 %
Ralph W. Yarborough 488,345 36.00 %
Allene M. Trayler 34,186 2.52 %
Total vote 1,356,392  

 General Election

Allan Shivers Dem. 1,375,547 74.60 %
Allan Shivers Rep. 468,319 25.40 %
Total vote   1,843,866  

 1950

Democratic Primary

Allan Shivers 829,730 76.36 %
Caso March 195,997 18.04 %
Charles B. Hutchison 16,048 1.48 %
Gene S. Porter 14,728 1.36 %
J.M. Wren 14,138 1.30 %
Benita Louise Marek Lawrence 9,542 0.88 %
Wellington Abbey 6,381 0.59 %
Total vote 1,086,564  

General Election

Allan Shivers Dem. 355,010 89.93 %
Ralph W. Currie Rep. 39,737 10.07 %
Total vote   394,747