1978 Kansas gubernatorial election

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1978 Kansas gubernatorial election

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Nominee John W. Carlin Robert Frederick Bennett
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Paul Dugan Larry Montgomery
Popular vote 363,835 348,015
Percentage 49.42% 47.27%

Kansas Governor Election Results by County, 1978.svg
County Results
Carlin:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%
Bennett:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Robert Frederick Bennett
Republican

Elected Governor

John W. Carlin
Democratic

The 1978 Kansas gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978. Democratic nominee John W. Carlin defeated incumbent Republican Robert Frederick Bennett with 49.42% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on August 1, 1978.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John W. Carlin 71,366 55.21
Democratic Bert Chaney 34,132 26.41
Democratic Harry G. Wiles 23,762 18.38
Total votes 129,260 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Frederick Bennett 142,239 69.23
Republican Robert R. "Bob" Sanders 40,542 19.73
Republican Harold Knight 22,671 11.04
Total votes 205,452 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Major party candidates

  • John W. Carlin, Democratic
  • Robert Frederick Bennett, Republican

Other candidates

  • Frank W. Shelton Jr., American
  • Berry Beets, Prohibition

Results[edit]

1978 Kansas gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John W. Carlin 363,835 49.42%
Republican Robert Frederick Bennett 348,015 47.27%
American Frank W. Shelton Jr. 17,053 2.32%
Prohibition Berry Beets 7,343 1.00%
Majority 15,820
Turnout 736,246
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Guide to U.S. elections - CQ Press, Congressional Quarterly, inc". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  2. ^ "America Votes 31: 2013-2014, Election Returns by State - Rhodes Cook". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2019-01-09.