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Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1982

Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1982

November 2, 1982

Nominee Bill Clinton Frank D. White
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 431,855 357,496
Percentage 54.71% 45.29%



Election results by county

Governor before election

Frank D. White

Elected Governor

Bill Clinton

The Arkansas gubernatorial election of 1982 was the second since Reconstruction in which an incumbent was defeated. Coincidentally, the first had been the preceding election.

One-term Democratic Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton regained the position after having narrowly been defeated by Republican Frank D. White at the previous election. Clinton continued to serve until he was elected President of the United States in 1992.

Democratic nomination

  • Gov. Bill Clinton, Governor of Arkansas 1979-1981
  • Lt. Governor Joe Purcell, former Acting Governor of Arkansas, 1979, former Lieutenant Governor 1975-1981

Republican nomination

Frank D. White - Incumbent Governor


Bill Clinton, one of the youngest ex-governors in the nation, at the age of 36, was running to reclaim his political career. Frank

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