1980 North Carolina gubernatorial election

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North Carolina gubernatorial election, 1980

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Nominee Jim Hunt I. Beverly Lake
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,143,145 691,449
Percentage 61.88% 37.43%

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County Results

Hunt:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%
Lake:      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Jim Hunt

Elected Governor

Jim Hunt

The North Carolina gubernatorial election of 1980 was held on November 4, 1980. Despite North Carolina going to Ronald Reagan in the presidential race and the U.S. Senate race being won by a Republican (John P. East), popular Democratic Governor Jim Hunt won a second term in office in a landslide over I. Beverly Lake. Hunt thus became the first governor of the state elected to a consecutive four-year term, following an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution allowing such a run.[1]

Hunt's decision to run for a second term led to a challenge from former Democratic governor Robert W. Scott, but Hunt easily defeated the former governor in the Democratic primary.[2]

General election results[edit]

1980 NC Governor Election Results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Hunt (Incumbent) 1,143,145 61.88%
Republican I. Beverly Lake 691,449 37.43% -16.47%
Libertarian Robert Y. Emory 9,552 0.54%
Socialist Workers Douglas A. Cooper 2,887 0.16%
Independent Others 53 0%
Turnout 1,847,086 100%