1983 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1983

← 1982 October 22, 1983 (LA), November 3, 1983 (KY and MS) 1984 →

4 governorships
3 states; 1 territory
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 34 governorships 16 governorships
Seats before 34 16
Seats after 35 15
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1

1983 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickup

United States gubernatorial elections were held on October 22 and November 3, 1983 in three states and one territory. Following the elections, the Democratic party held all three seats.

Election results[edit]

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
Kentucky John Y. Brown, Jr. Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Martha Layne Collins (Democratic) 54.5%
Jim Bunning (Republican) 44.1%
Nicholas McCubbin (Independent) 1.4%
Louisiana David C. Treen Republican Defeated, 36.4% Edwin Edwards (Democratic) 62.3%
Robert M. Ross (Republican) 0.5%
Ken "Cousin Ken" Lewis (Democratic) 0.3%
Charlie Moore (Independent) 0.1%
Floyd W. Smith, Jr. (Democratic) 0.1%
Midiele Smith (Independent) 0.1%
Joseph T. Robino (Independent) 0.1%
Michael Musmeci (Democratic) 0.1%
Mississippi William Winter Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory William Allain (Democratic) 55.1%
Leon Bramlett (Republican) 38.9%
Charles Evers (Independent) 4.1%
Billie H. Taylor (Independent) 1.1%
Henry McMullen Williams (Independent) 0.8%