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Plurality Winners in General Elections for Governors, 1948-2003

Sorted by Decade

1948-1949 
(1 election)

State Year Winner Winning %

Connecticut

1948

Chester Bowles

49.3%

1950-1959
(7 elections)

State Year Winner Winning %
Connecticut 1950 John D. Lodge 49.7%
Michigan 1950 G. Mennen Williams 49.8%
Massachusetts 1952 Paul A. Dever 49.9%
Connecticut 1954 Abraham A. Ribicoff 49.5%
New York 1954 Averell Harriman 49.6%
Utah 1956 George D. Clyde 38.2%
Wyoming 1958 J. J. Hickey 48.9%

1960-1969
(6 elections)

State Year Winner Winning %
North Dakota 1960 William L. Guy 49.4%
Minnesota 1962 Karl F. Rolvaag 49.7%
Massachusetts 1962 Endicott Peabody 49.9%
Virginia 1965 Mills E. Godwin 47.9%
Idaho 1966 Don Samuelson 41.4%
New York 1966 Nelson A. Rockefeller 44.6%

1970-1979
(14 elections)

State Year Winner Winning %
New Hampshire 1970 Walter R. Peterson 46.0%
Nevada 1970 Mike O'Callaghan 48.1%
Oklahoma 1970 David Hall 48.4%
New Hampshire 1972 Meldrim Thomson 41.4%
Texas 1972 Dolph Briscoe 47.9%
Maine 1974 James B. Longley 39.1%
Ohio 1974 James A. Rhodes 48.6%
Kansas 1974 Robert F. Bennett 49.5%
New Mexico 1974 Jerry Apodaca 49.9%
Alaska 1978 Jay S. Hammond 39.1%
Maine 1978 Joseph E. Brennan 47.7%
Ohio 1978 James A. Rhodes 49.3%
Kansas 1978 John Carlin 49.4%
New Hampshire 1978 Hugh J. Gallen 49.4%

1980-1989
(12 elections)

State Year Winner Winning %
New Jersey 1981 Thomas H. Kean 49.5%
Hawaii 1982 George R. Ariyoshi 45.2%
Alaska 1982 Bill Sheffield 46.1%
California 1982 George Deukmeiian 49.3%
Illinois 1982 James R. Thompson 49.4%
Arizona 1986 Evan Mecham 39.7%
Maine 1986 John R. Mckernan Jr. 39.9%
Vermont 1986 Madeleine M. Kunin 47.0%
Alaska 1986 Steve Cowper 47.3%
Oklahoma 1986 Henry Bellmon 47.5%
Idaho 1986 Cecil D. Adrus 49.9%
Utah 1988 Norman H. Bangerter 40.1%

1990-1999
(25 elections)

State Year Winner Winning %
Alaska 1990 Walter J. Hickel 39.0%
Connecticut 1990 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. 40.0%
Oregon 1990 Barbara Roberts 43.0%
Maine 1990 John R. Mckernan Jr. 47.0%
California 1990 Pete Wilson 49.0%
Kansas 1990 Joan Finney 49.0%
Texas 1990 Ann W. Richards 49.0%
Minnesota 1990 Arne Carlson 49.6%
Michigan 1990 John Engler 49.8%
Nebraska 1990 Ben Nelson 49.9%
Utah 1992 Michael Leavitt 42.0%
New Jersey 1993 Christine Todd Whitman 49.0%
Maine 1994 Angus King 35.0%
Connecticut 1994 John Rowland 36.0%
Hawaii 1994 Benjamin Cayetano 37.0%
Alaska 1994 Tony Knowles 41.1%
Pennsylvania 1994 Tom Ridge 45.0%
Oklahoma 1994 Frank Keating 47.0%
Rhode Island 1994 Lincoln Almond 47.0%
New York 1994 George Pataki 49.0%
New Mexico 1994 Gary Johnson 49.9%
New Jersey 1997 Christine Todd Whitman 47.0%
Minnesota 1998 Jesse Ventura 37.0%
Colorado 1998 Bill Owens 49.0%
Mississippi 1999 Ronnie Musgrove 49.6%

2000-2003
(15 elections)

State Year Winner  Winning %
Missouri 2000 Bob Holden 49.0%
New Hampshire 2000 Jean Shaheen 49.0%
Oklahoma 2002 Brad Henry 43.0%
Minnesota 2002 Tim Pawlenty 44.0%
Vermont 2002 Jim Douglas 45.0%
Wisconsin 2002 James Doyle 45.0%
Arizona 2002 Janet Napolitano 46.0%
California 2002 Gray Davis 47.0%
Maine 2002 John Baldacci 47.0%
Alabama 2002 Bob Riley 49.0%
New York 2002 George Pataki 49.0%
Oregon 2002 Ted Kulongoski 49.0%
Massachusetts 2002 Mitt Romney 49.8%
Wyoming 2002 Dave Freudenthal 49.9%
California 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger 48.6%

 


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