1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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  Allen Olson.jpg Arthur A. Link.jpg
Nominee Allen I. Olson Arthur A. Link
Party Republican Democratic-NPL
Running mate Ernest Sands Wayne Sanstead
Popular vote 162,230 140,391
Percentage 53.61% 46.39%

North Dakota Governor Election Results by County, 1980.svg
County Results

Olson:      50-60%      60-70%

Link:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Arthur A. Link
Democratic-NPL

Elected Governor

Allen I. Olson
Republican

The 1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1980. Republican nominee Allen I. Olson defeated Democratic-NPL incumbent Arthur A. Link with 53.61% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on September 2, 1980.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Arthur A. Link 41,751 100.00
Total votes 41,751 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allen I. Olson 60,016 75.66
Republican Orville W. Hagen 19,306 24.34
Total votes 79,322 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Allen I. Olson, Republican
  • Arthur A. Link, Democratic

Results[edit]

1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allen I. Olson 162,230 53.61%
Democratic-NPL Arthur A. Link 140,391 46.39%
Total votes 302,621 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic-NPL

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1980. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "General Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1980. Retrieved November 3, 2018.