1978 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1978

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Nominee James R. Thompson Michael Bakalis
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate David C. O'Neal Dick Durbin
Popular vote 1,859,684 1,263,134
Percentage 59.0% 40.1%

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Results by county

Governor before election

James R. Thompson
Republican

Elected Governor

James R. Thompson
Republican

Gubernatorial elections were held in Illinois in November 7, 1978. Republican candidate James R. Thompson easily won a second term in office, defeating Democrat Michael Bakalis by nearly 600,000 votes. It was the first election that coincided with congressional midterm elections.[1] The previous election had been in 1976.

Results[edit]

1978 gubernatorial election, Illinois[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican James R. Thompson (incumbent) 1,859,684 59.04
Democratic Michael Bakalis 1,263,134 40.10
Libertarian Georgia Shields 11,420 0.36
Socialist Workers Cecil Lampkin 11,026 0.35
U.S. Labor Melvin Klenetsky 4,737 0.15
N/A write-ins 106 0.00 n-a
Majority 596,550 18.94
Turnout 3,150,107
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ w. "Illinois Constitution – Article V". Ilga.gov. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  2. ^ [1]