1976 United States gubernatorial elections

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1976 United States gubernatorial elections

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15 governorships
14 states; 1 territory
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 36 governorships 13 governorships
Seats before 36 13
Seats after 37 12
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1

1976 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Republican holds
  Republican pickups

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 2, 1976 in 14 states and one territory. Democrats achieved a net gain of one in these elections. This coincided with the House, Senate elections and the presidential election.

This was the last year in which Illinois held a gubernatorial election on the same year as the presidential election. The state of Illinois moved its gubernatorial election date to midterm congressional election years. As a result, the governor elected this year, served a term of only two years.

Election results[edit]

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
Arkansas[1] David Pryor Democratic Re-elected, 83.24% Leon Griffith (Republican) 16.74%
Delaware[2] Sherman W. Tribbitt Democratic Defeated, 42.46% Pete du Pont (Republican) 56.86%
George Cripps (American) 0.55%
Harry Connor (Prohibition) 0.13%
Illinois[3] Dan Walker Democratic Defeated in Primary,[4] Republican victory James R. Thompson (Republican) 64.68%
Michael Howlett (Democratic) 34.71%
Ishmael Flory (Communist) 0.22%
Indiana[5] Otis Bowen Republican Re-elected, 56.85% Larry Conrad (Democratic) 42.63%
Daniel P. Talbot (American) 0.45%
Samuel L. Washington (U.S. Labor) 0.08%
Missouri[6] Kit Bond Republican Defeated, 49.55% Joseph P. Teasdale (Democratic) 50.23%
Leon Striler (Nonpartisan) 0.22%
Montana[7] Thomas Lee Judge Democratic Re-elected, 61.7% Robert Woodahl (Republican) 36.58%
Charley Mahoney (Independent) 1.72%
New Hampshire[8] Meldrim Thomson Jr. Republican Re-elected, 57.66% Harry Spanos (Democratic) 42.32%
North Carolina[9] James Holshouser Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Jim Hunt (Democratic) 64.99%
David Flaherty (Republican) 33.9%
Herbert F. "Chub" Seawell Jr. (American) 0.82%
Arlan Andrews (Libertarian) 0.29%
North Dakota[10] Arthur A. Link Democratic Re-elected, 51.58% Richard Elkin (Republican) 46.53%
Martin Vaaler (American) 1.89%
Rhode Island[11] Philip Noel Democratic Retired, Democratic victory J. Joseph Garrahy (Democratic) 54.82%
James Taft (Republican) 44.71%
John C. Swift (Independent) 0.32%
Utah[12] Cal Rampton Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Scott M. Matheson (Democratic) 52.02%
Vernon B. Romney (Republican) 45.96%
L. S. Brown (American) 1.33%
Betty Bates (Concerned Citizens) 0.69%
Vermont[13] Thomas P. Salmon Democratic Retired, Republican victory Richard A. Snelling (Republican) 53.39%
Stella Hackel (Democratic) 40.48%
Bernie Sanders (Liberty Union) 6.09%
Washington[14] Daniel J. Evans Republican Retired, Democratic victory Dixy Lee Ray (Democratic) 53.14%
John Spellman (Republican) 44.43%
Art Manning (American) 0.8%
Red Kelly (OWL Party) 0.8%
Henry Killman (Socialist Labor) 0.27%
West Virginia[15] Arch A. Moore Jr. Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Jay Rockefeller (Democratic) 66.15%
Cecil H. Underwood (Republican) 33.82%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AR Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  2. ^ "DE Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  3. ^ "IL Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  4. ^ "IL Governor- D Primary Race - Mar 16, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^ "IN Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  6. ^ "MO Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  7. ^ "MT Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  8. ^ "NH Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  9. ^ "NC Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  10. ^ "ND Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  11. ^ "RI Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  12. ^ "UT Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  13. ^ "VT Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  14. ^ "WA Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  15. ^ "WV Governor Race - Nov 02, 1976". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2017-12-19.