1990 Idaho gubernatorial election

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Idaho gubernatorial election, 1990

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Nominee Cecil Andrus Roger Fairchild
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 218,673 101,937
Percentage 68.2% 31.8%

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County Results
Andrus:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Fairchild:      50–60%

Governor before election

Cecil Andrus

Elected Governor

Cecil Andrus

The 1990 Idaho gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1990, to elect the Governor of the state of Idaho. Cecil D. Andrus, the Democratic incumbent, ran for an unprecedented fourth term. State Senator Roger Fairchild won the Republican nomination, but was easily defeated by the popular incumbent. As of 2019, this is the most recent election in which a Democrat was elected Governor of Idaho.

Democratic primary[edit]



Andrus ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Republican primary[edit]


  • Milt Erhart
  • Roger Fairchild, State Senator
  • Rachel S. Gilbert, anti-wilderness activist


Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Fairchild 37,728 37.09
Republican Rachel S. Gilbert 33,483 32.92
Republican Milt Erhart 30,514 30.00
Total votes 101,725 100.00

General election[edit]


Although Fairchild attempted to capitalize on his business experience and Andrus' veto of a bill passed by the Idaho Legislature severely restricting abortion earlier in the year, the incumbent's personal popularity in Idaho proved to be too much to overcome.


Idaho gubernatorial election, 1990[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Cecil D. Andrus (inc.) 218,673 68.21% +18.28%
Republican Roger Fairchild 101,937 31.79% -17.19%
Majority 116,736 36.41% +35.47%
Turnout 320,610
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]


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