1979 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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1979 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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  John Y. Brown, Jr. (cropped).jpg Louie-Nunn (cropped).jpg
Nominee John Y. Brown Jr. Louie Nunn
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 558,008 381,278
Percentage 59.41% 40.59%

Kentucky Governor Election Results by County, 1979.svg
County results
Brown:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Nunn:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Governor before election

Julian Carroll
Democratic

Elected Governor

John Y. Brown Jr.
Democratic

The 1979 Kentucky gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1979. Democratic nominee John Y. Brown Jr. defeated Republican nominee Louie Nunn with 59.41% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on May 29, 1979.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Y. Brown Jr. 165,188 29.14
Democratic Harvey I. Sloane 139,713 24.65
Democratic Terry McBrayer 131,530 23.21
Democratic Carroll Hubbard 68,577 12.10
Democratic Thelma Stovall 47,633 8.40
Democratic Lyle L. Willis 5,349 0.94
Democratic George Atkins 3,810 0.67
Democratic Doris Shuja Binion 2,580 0.46
Democratic John J. Weikel 2,436 0.43
Total votes 566,816 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Louie Nunn 106,006 79.09
Republican Ray B. White 19,414 14.49
Republican Elmer Begley Jr. 5,106 3.81
Republican Thurman Jerome Hamlin 3,499 2.61
Total votes 134,025 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • John Y. Brown Jr., Democratic
  • Louie Nunn, Republican

Results[edit]

1979 Kentucky gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Y. Brown Jr. 558,008 59.41%
Republican Louie Nunn 381,278 40.59%
Majority 176,810
Turnout 939,366
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  2. ^ "General Election". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-12.