1978 Alaska gubernatorial election

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Alaska gubernatorial election, 1978

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Nominee Jay Hammond Walter Hickel
Party Republican Write-in
Running mate Terry Miller None
Popular vote 49,580 33,555
Percentage 39.1% 26.4%

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Nominee Chancy Croft Tom Kelly
Party Democratic Independent
Running mate Katie Hurley Kathryn Poland
Popular vote 25,656 15,656
Percentage 20.2% 12.3%

Governor before election

Jay Hammond

Elected Governor

Jay Hammond

The 1978 Alaska gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 1978, for the post of governor of Alaska. Republican incumbent Jay Hammond defeated four opponents: former Governor of Alaska and write-in candidate Walter Hickel, Alaska Senator and Democratic nominee Chancy Croft, former Commissioner of Natural Resources and Independent candidate Tom Kelly and Alaskan Independence Party nominee Don Wright. After losing to Hammond in the Republican primary, Hickel ran as a write-in candidate and was able to outperform Croft.

As of 2019, this is the earliest gubernatorial election in which at least one candidate is still living.


1978 gubernatorial election, Alaska[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jay Hammond (inc.) 49,580 39.07%
Write-in Walter Hickel (write-in) 33,555 26.44%
Democratic Chancy Croft 25,656 20.22%
Independent Tom Kelly 15,656 12.34%
Alaskan Independence Don Wright 2,463 1.94%
Majority 16,025 12.63%
Turnout 126,910
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ "1978 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Alaska" (PDF). Alaska Division of Elections. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31.