1971 United States gubernatorial elections
United States gubernatorial elections were held in three states.
In Mississippi and Kentucky, general elections took place on 2 November 1971. In Louisiana, their general election took place on 1 February 1972 after the party primaries on 6 November 1971 and a Democratic primary runoff on 18 December 1971. In Louisiana, this was the last gubernatorial election which didn't use the nonpartisan blanket primary system.
In Mississippi and Louisiana, there were no party changes (in both cases, from Democrat to Democrat). In Kentucky, there was a Democratic gain.
In Louisiana, John McKeithen had been allowed a second term due to a new rule enacted that allowed governors two consecutive terms, and thus was allowed to run for a second term (see Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1967). Thus, when the 1971 race rolled around, he too was term-limited.
A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.
|Kentucky||Louie B. Nunn||Republican||Term-limited, Democratic victory||Wendell H. Ford (Democratic) 50.56%|
Thomas Emberton (Republican) 44.35%
A.B. "Happy" Chandler (Independent) 4.24%
William Smith (American) 0.85%
|Louisiana||John McKeithen||Democratic||Term-limited, Democratic victory||Edwin Edwards (Democratic) 57.2%|
David Treen (Republican) 42.8%
|Mississippi||John Bell Williams||Democratic||Term-limited, Democratic victory||William L. Waller (Democratic) 77.02%|
Charles Evers (Independent) 22.13%
Charles L. Sullivan (Independent) 0.85%
- "Kentucky Constitution Section 71". Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Gov.-elect Bryant's 8 appointments could impact college board". 22 November 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- Honan, William (5 June 1999). "J. J. McKeithen, 81, Governor Of Louisiana, 1964 to 1972". nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
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