1986 Idaho gubernatorial election

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Idaho gubernatorial election, 1986

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Nominee Cecil Andrus Dave Leroy
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 193,429 189,794
Percentage 49.9% 49.0%

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County Results
Andrus:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Leroy:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

John V. Evans

Elected Governor

Cecil Andrus

The 1986 Idaho gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1986 to elect the governor of the state of Idaho. Cecil Andrus, a former Democratic governor, was elected defeating the Republican Lieutenant Governor David H. Leroy.

This was an open seat election; the incumbent John V. Evans ran for the U.S. Senate, but lost.


Republican Lieutenant Governor David Leroy announced his candidacy for governor 14 months before the election in the autumn of 1985.[1] Leroy was a former Ada County prosecutor and attorney general of Idaho.[1]

Democrat former governor Cecil Andrus declared his bid for governor six months later in March 1986.[2] He held the office for six years (1971–1977), until his appointment as U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1977–1981).[2] Incumbent Evans, successor to Andrus in 1977, chose to run for the U.S. Senate.

Neither Andrus nor Leroy faced opposition for their respective nominations.[3]


As election day neared polls showed Democrat Andrus ahead in of the Republican Leroy.[1]

Election results[edit]

It was the third win for Andrus and the fifth consecutive for the Democrats.

Idaho gubernatorial election, 1986[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Cecil D. Andrus 193,429 49.9 -3.0
Republican David H. Leroy 189,794 49.0 +1.9
Independent James Miller 4,203 1.1 +1.1
Majority 3,635 0.9 -4.9
Turnout 387,426
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ a b c "Long Idaho battle ending". Daily Record. 3 November 1986. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Andrus to announce candidacy Monday". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). wire reports. March 7, 1986. p. 3.
  3. ^ "Voters make choices in primary elections". Argus-Press. 29 May 1986. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  4. ^ "1986 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Idaho". Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 13 April 2012.

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