1976 Washington gubernatorial election

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Washington gubernatorial election, 1976

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  Dixy Lee Ray (cropped).jpg JohnDSpellman.jpg
Nominee Dixy Lee Ray John Spellman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 821,797 687,039
Percentage 53.1% 44.4%

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County results

Governor before election

Daniel J. Evans

Elected Governor

Dixy Lee Ray

The State of Washington holds its gubernatorial election every fourth year, concurrent with the United States presidential election. This election was especially significant in that Washington elected its first female governor, Dixy Lee Ray.

General election results[edit]

Governor of Washington election, 1976[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dixy Lee Ray 821,797 53.14
Republican John Spellman 687,039 44.43