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United States gubernatorial elections, 1990

United States Gubernatorial elections, 1990

November 6, 1990

Governorships of GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, WI, WY, GU, and VI
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 29 governorships 21 governorships
Seats before 29 21
Seats after 28 20
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease1

  Republican holds
  Republican pickups
  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Alaskan Independence Pickup
  A Connecticut Party Pickup

The 1990 United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 6, 1990 in 36 states. Most elected in these elections would serve for a four-year term, while those in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont would serve for a two-year term.

Heading into the elections, there were twenty seats held by Democrats and sixteen held by Republicans. By the end of the elections, nineteen seats would be held by a Democrat, fifteen would be held by a Republican, and two would be held by other parties.

Notably in these elections, there were two people elected from a third party: Former Alaskan governor and Secretary of the Interior under President Nixon Walter Joseph Hickel was elected governor as a part of the Alaskan Independence Party. Former U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker of Connecticut won on A Connecticut Party's ticket.

In 1988, Arizona voters approved a runoff-style election following the impeachment of governor Evan Mecham. Because no candidate received a majority (50%) of the vote in the November election, a run-off election occurred on February 26, 1991. Note, this style of voting was later repealed in 1992.

The elections coincided with the mid-term elections for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

Election results

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama H. Guy Hunt Republican Re-elected, 52.1% Paul Hubbert (Democratic) 47.9%
Alaska Steve Cowper Democratic Retired, Alaskan Ind. victory Walter Joseph Hickel (Alaskan Ind.) 38.9%
Tony Knowles (Democratic) 30.9%
Arliss Sturgulewski (Republican) 26.2%
Jim Sykes (Green) 3.4%
Michael O'Callaghan (Independent) 0.5%
Arizona Rose Perica Mofford Democratic Retired, Republican victory
in runoff
Fife Symington III (Republican) 49.65% (52%)
Terry Goddard (Democratic) 49.24% (48%)
Max Hawkins (Stop Abortion) (WI) 1.04%
Ed Yetman (Libertarian) (WI) 0.03%
Arkansas Bill Clinton Democratic Re-elected, 57.5% Sheffield Nelson (Republican) 42.5%
California George Deukmejian Republican Retired, Republican victory Pete Wilson (Republican) 48.7%
Dianne Feinstein (Democratic) 46.3%
Dennis Thompson (Libertarian) 1.9%
Jerome McCready (American Ind.) 1.8%
Maria Elizabeth Muñoz (Peace & Freedom) 1.3%
Colorado Roy Romer Democratic Re-elected, 61.9% John Andrews (Republican) 35.4%
David Aitken (Libertarian) 1.9%
William David Livingston (Prohibition) 0.8%
Connecticut William O'Neill Democratic Retired, A Connecticut
Party victory
Lowell Weicker (A Connecticut Party) 40.4%
John G. Rowland (Republican) 37.5%
Bruce Morrison (Democratic) 20.7%
Joseph A. Zdonczyk (Concerned Citizens) 1.4%
Florida Bob Martinez Republican Defeated, 43.5% Lawton Chiles (Democratic) 56.5%
Rose 'Jackie' Floyd (Independent) (WI) 0.02%
Georgia Joe Frank Harris Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Zell Miller (Democratic) 52.9%
Johnny Isakson (Republican) 44.5%
Carole Ann Rand (Libertarian) 2.3%
Hawaii John D. Waihee III Democratic Re-elected, 59.8% Fred Hemmings (Republican) 38.6%
Triaka-Don Smith (Libertarian) 0.9%
Peggy Ross (Natural Law) 0.7%
Idaho Cecil D. Andrus Democratic Re-elected, 68.2% Roger Fairchild (Republican) 31.8%
Illinois James R. Thompson Republican Retired, Republican victory Jim Edgar (Republican) 50.8%
Neil Hartigan (Democratic) 48.2%
Jessie Fields (Solidarity) 1.1%
Iowa Terry E. Branstad Republican Re-elected, 60.6% Donald Avenson (Democratic) 38.5%
F. Nan Bailey (Socialist Workers) 0.4%
Kansas Mike Hayden Republican Defeated, 42.6% Joan Finney (Democratic) 48.6%
Christina Campbell-Cline (Independent) 8.8%
Maine John R. McKernan, Jr. Republican Re-elected, 46.6% Joseph E. Brennan (Democratic) 44.0%
Andrew Adam (Independent) 9.3%
Maryland William Donald Schaefer Democratic Re-elected, 59.8% William S. Shepard (Republican) 40.2%
Carol Thies (Independent) (WI) 0.01%
Massachusetts Michael Dukakis Democratic Retired, Republican victory William Weld (Republican) 50.2%
John Silber (Democratic) 46.9%
Leonard Umina (Independent) 2.7%
Michigan James Blanchard Democratic Defeated, 49.1% John Engler (Republican) 49.8%
William Roundtree (Workers World) 1.1%
Minnesota Rudy Perpich DFL Defeated, 46.8% Arne Carlson (Ind. Republican) 50.1%
Judith Ann Chosa (Independent) 1.2%
Ross S. Culverhouse (Grassroots) 1.0%
Jon Grunseth (Ind. Republican) 0.6%
Wendy Lyons (Socialist Workers) 0.4%
Nebraska Kay A. Orr Republican Defeated, 49.2% Ben Nelson (Democratic) 49.9%
Mort Sullivan (Write-in) 0.3%
Nevada Bob Miller Democratic Re-elected, 64.8% Jim Gallaway (Republican) 29.9%
None of These Candidates 2.8%
James Frye (Libertarian) 2.5%
New Hampshire Judd Gregg Republican Re-elected, 60.5% J. Joseph Grandmaison (Democratic) 34.7%
Miriam F. Luce (Libertarian) 4.9%
New Mexico Garrey Carruthers Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Bruce King (Democratic) 54.6%
Frank M. Bond (Republican) 45.2%
New York Mario Cuomo Democratic Re-elected, 53.17% Pierre Andrew Rinfret (Republican) 21.35%
Herbert London (Conservative) 20.40%
Louis P. Wein (Right to Life) 3.40%
Lenora Fulani (New Alliance) 0.77%
W. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) 0.61%
Craig Gannon (Socialist Workers) 0.31%
Ohio Dick Celeste Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory George Voinovich (Republican) 55.7%
Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. (Democratic) 44.3%
Oklahoma Henry Bellmon Republican Retired, Democratic victory David Walters (Democratic) 57.4%
Bill Price (Republican) 32.3%
Thomas D. Ledgerwood II (Reform) 9.9%
Oregon Neil Goldschmidt Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Barbara Roberts (Democratic) 45.7%
David B. Frohnmayer (Republican) 40.0%
Al Mobley (Independent) 13.0%
Fred Oerther (Libertarian) 1.3%
Pennsylvania Robert P. Casey Democratic Re-elected, 67.7% Barbara Hafer (Republican) 32.3%
Rhode Island Edward D. DiPrete Republican Defeated, 25.8% Bruce Sundlun (Democratic) 74.2%
South Carolina Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Republican Re-elected, 69.5% Theo Mitchell (Democratic) 27.9%
John R. Peeples, Jr. (American) 2.3%
South Dakota George S. Mickelson Republican Re-elected, 58.9% Bob L. Samuelson (Democratic) 41.1%
Tennessee Ned McWherter Democratic Re-elected, 60.8% Dwight Henry (Republican) 36.6%
W. Curtis Jacox (Independent) 1.4%
David Brandon Shepard (Independent) 1.2%
Texas Bill Clements Republican Retired, Democratic victory Ann Richards (Democratic) 49.5%
Clayton Williams (Republican) 46.9%
Jeff Daiell (Libertarian) 3.3%
Vermont Madeleine M. Kunin Democratic Retired, Republican victory Richard A. Snelling (Republican) 51.8%
Peter Welch (Democratic) 46.0%
David Atkinson (Libertarian) 1.3%
Richard F. Gottlieb (Liberty Union) 0.7%
Wisconsin Tommy Thompson Republican Re-elected, 58.2% Tom Loftus (Democratic) 41.8%
Wyoming Mike Sullivan Democratic Re-elected, 65.4% Mary Hansen Mead (Republican) 34.6%
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