1987 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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1987 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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Nominee Wallace Wilkinson John Harper
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 504,674 273,141
Percentage 64.50% 34.91%

Governor before election

Martha Layne Collins
Democratic

Elected Governor

Wallace Wilkinson
Democratic

The 1987 Kentucky gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1987. Democratic nominee Wallace Wilkinson defeated Republican nominee John Harper with 64.50% of the vote.

Primary elections[edit]

Primary elections were held on May 26, 1987.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wallace Wilkinson 221,138 34.90
Democratic John Y. Brown Jr. 163,204 25.75
Democratic Steve Beshear 114,439 18.06
Democratic W. Grady Stumbo 84,613 13.35
Democratic Julian Carroll 42,137 6.65
Democratic Stanley Luttrell 3,788 0.60
Democratic Dinwiddle Lampton Jr. 2,638 0.42
Total votes 633,718 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Harper 37,432 41.42
Republican Joseph E. Johnson III 22,396 24.78
Republican Leonard "Buck" Beasley 21,067 23.31
Republican Thurman Jerome Hamlin 9,475 10.49
Total votes 90,370 100.00

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Wallace Wilkinson, Democratic
  • John Harper, Republican

Results[edit]

1987 Kentucky gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Wallace Wilkinson 504,674 64.50%
Republican John Harper 273,141 34.91%
Majority 231,533
Turnout 777,815
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  2. ^ "General Election". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-01.