1990 Arizona gubernatorial election

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1990-91 Arizona gubernatorial election

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  Fife Symington by Gage Skidmore.jpg Terry Goddard by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Nominee Fife Symington Terry Goddard
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 492,569 448,168
Percentage 52.4% 47.6%

Arizona gubernatorial election 1990.svg
Election results by county

Governor before election

Rose Mofford
Democratic

Elected Governor

Fife Symington
Republican

The 1990 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1990 for the post of Governor of Arizona. Republican Fife Symington defeated the Democratic nominee and Mayor of Phoenix Terry Goddard. Because no candidate received a majority of votes, a runoff election was held later on February 26, 1991, which Symington also won. This is the only election where Arizona used a runoff election.

Evan Mecham, a former governor who had resigned the office in 1988, unsuccessfully ran for another term. His replacement and incumbent Governor, Rose Mofford, declined to run for a full term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Terry Goddard 212,579 84.00
Democratic Dave Moss 40,478 16.00
Total votes 253,057 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Fife Symington, Real estate developer
  • Evan Mecham, former Governor
  • Fred Koory, Jr, former State Senator
  • Sam Steiger, former U.S. Representative for Arizona
  • Bob Barnes, former Governor's aide

Results[edit]

Republican primary results [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fife Symington 163,010 43.78
Republican Evan Mecham 91,136 24.48
Republican Fred Koory, Jr 61,487 16.51
Republican Sam Steiger 49,019 13.17
Republican Bob Barnes 7,672 2.06
Total votes 372,324 100.00


General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Arizona gubernatorial election, 1990[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Fife Symington III 523,984 49.65% +9.98%
Democratic Terry Goddard 519,691 49.24% +14.75%
Stop Abortion Max Hawkins (write-in) 10,983 1.04% +1.04%
Libertarian Ed Yetman (write-in) 316 0.03% +0.03%
Write-ins 432 0.04%
Majority 4,293 0.41% -4.77%
Turnout 1,055,406

Runoff election[edit]

Prior to 1992, the Arizona State Constitution required a runoff election for the office of Governor if no candidate received a majority of the votes. As a result, a runoff election was held on February 28, 1991.

Results[edit]

Arizona Gubernatorial Runoff Election, 1991 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fife Symington III 492,569 52.36
Democratic Terry Goddard 448,168 47.64
Majority 44,401 4.72
Turnout 940,736
Republican gain from Democratic

References[edit]

  1. ^ Our Campaigns - AZ Governor - D Primary Race - Sep 11, 1990
  2. ^ Our Campaigns - AZ Governor - R Primary Race - Sep 11, 1990
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2009-04-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ [1] Our Campaigns - AZ Governor Runoff - Feb 28, 1991