1983 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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1983 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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Nominee Martha Layne Collins Jim Bunning
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 561,674 454,650
Percentage 54.50% 44.11%

Kentucky Governor Election Results by County, 1983.svg
County results
Collins:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Bunning:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Governor before election

John Y. Brown Jr.
Democratic

Elected Governor

Martha Layne Collins
Democratic

The 1983 Kentucky gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1983. Democratic nominee Martha Layne Collins defeated Republican nominee Jim Bunning with 54.50% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on May 24, 1983.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martha Layne Collins 223,692 33.97
Democratic Harvey I. Sloane 219,160 33.28
Democratic W. Grady Stumbo 199,795 30.34
Democratic Ray Adkins 9,445 1.43
Democratic Doris Shuja Binion 3,501 0.53
Democratic Fifi Rockefeller 2,861 0.44
Total votes 658,454 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Jim Bunning, State Senator
  • Lester H. Burns Jr., attorney
  • Don Wiggins Jr.
  • Elizabeth Bette Wickham
  • Thurman Jerome Hamlin
  • Ben Auxier Jr.

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Bunning 72,808 74.42
Republican Lester H. Burns Jr. 7,340 7.50
Republican Don Wiggins Jr. 5,464 5.59
Republican Elizabeth Bette Wickham 5,174 5.29
Republican Thurman Jerome Hamlin 3,578 3.66
Republican Ben Auxier Jr. 3,472 3.55
Total votes 97,836 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Major party candidates

  • Martha Layne Collins, Democratic
  • Jim Bunning, Republican

Other candidates

  • Nicholas McCubbin, Independent

Results[edit]

1983 Kentucky gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Martha Layne Collins 561,674 54.50%
Republican Jim Bunning 454,650 44.11%
Independent Nicholas McCubbin 14,347 1.39%
Majority 107,024
Turnout 1,030,628
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  2. ^ "General Election". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2018-12-15.