1976 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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1976 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Arthur A. Link Richard Elkin
Party Democratic-NPL Republican
Running mate Wayne Sanstead Ernest G. Pyle
Popular vote 153,309 138,321
Percentage 51.58% 46.53%

Governor before election

Arthur A. Link
Democratic-NPL

Elected Governor

Arthur A. Link
Democratic-NPL

The 1976 North Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Democrat Arthur A. Link defeated Republican nominee Richard Elkin with 51.58% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on September 7, 1976.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Arthur A. Link 54,759 100.00
Total votes 54,759 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard Elkin 54,427 81.92
Republican Herb Geving 12,013 18.08
Total votes 66,440 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Major party candidates

  • Arthur A. Link, Democratic
  • Richard Elkin, Republican

Other candidates

  • Martin K. Vaaler, American

Results[edit]

1976 North Dakota gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic-NPL Arthur A. Link 153,309 51.58%
Republican Richard Elkin 138,321 46.53%
American Martin K. Vaaler 5,619 1.89%
Majority 14,988
Turnout 297,249
Democratic-NPL hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1976. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "General Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1976. Retrieved December 20, 2018.