1978 Arizona gubernatorial election

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1978 Arizona gubernatorial election

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Nominee Bruce Babbitt Evan Mecham
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 282,605 241,093
Percentage 52.5% 44.8%

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Election results by county

Governor before election

Bruce Babbitt
Democratic

Elected Governor

Bruce Babbitt
Democratic

The 1978 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 1978 for the post of Governor of Arizona. Democrat Bruce Babbitt defeated Republican nominee Evan Mecham. Babbitt was the former Attorney General of Arizona, but after the death of Governor Wesley Bolin, Babbit became governor. Bolin himself ascended to office from the position of Secretary of State, meaning his replacement, Rose Mofford was not eligible to the office as she was not elected. This drama of exchanging office would continue after Babbitt's term came to an end, as Mofford would become governor and succeeded Evan Mecham, Babbitt's challenger, in 1988.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bruce Edward Babbitt 108,548 76.80
Democratic Dave Moss 32,785 23.20
Total votes 141,333 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Charles King
  • Jack Londen, businessman
  • Evan Mecham, perennial candidate

Results[edit]

Republican primary results [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Evan Mecham 50,713 44.07
Republican Jack Londen 40,116 34.86
Republican Charles King 24,253 21.08
Total votes 115,082 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1978[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bruce Babbitt 282,605 52.47% +2.06%
Republican Evan Mecham 241,093 44.77% -4.79%
Libertarian V. Gene Lewter 10,421 1.93% +1.93%
Socialist Workers Jessica Sampson 4,437 0.82% +0.82%
Majority 41,512 7.71% +6.86%
Turnout 538,556
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Our Campaigns - AZ Governor - D Primary Race - Sep 12, 1978
  2. ^ Our Campaigns - AZ Governor - R Primary Race - Sep 12, 1978
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2014-12-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)