Governor, 1970 Election

Primary Republican

Date: September 15, 1970
Cycle: 1970
Office: Governor
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Douglas M. Head Man Republican 210,621 87.51 +79.31
John C. (J.C.) Peterson Man Republican 19,737 8.20
Paul Moshier Man Republican 6,372 2.65
Lorna Tarnowski Woman Republican 3,964 1.65

This was an open seat race as Governor LeVander was not a candidate for renomination.

Head was a Minneapolis attorney, former two-term state Representative (HD 30, 1961-1963; HD 38, 1963-1965), and sitting Attorney General (1967-1971).

Peterson was a resident of Duluth, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in 1946 and governor in 1952, and DFL gubernatorial candidate in 1966.

Tarnowski was a homemaker from Chanhassen and GOP gubernatorial candidate in 1966.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1971-1972 (p. 466).