1991 Kentucky gubernatorial election

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Kentucky gubernatorial election, 1991

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Nominee Brereton Jones Larry J. Hopkins
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Paul Patton
Popular vote 540,468 294,452
Percentage 64.73% 35.27%

Governor before election

Wallace Wilkinson
Democratic

Elected Governor

Brereton Jones
Democratic

The 1991 Kentucky gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1991. Incumbent Governor Wallace Wilkinson was not eligible to seek a second term due to term limits established by the Kentucky Constitution, creating an open seat. At the time, Kentucky was one of two states, along with Virginia, which prohibited its governors from serving immediate successive terms. The Democratic nominee, Lieutenant Governor Brereton Jones, defeated Republican nominee and U.S. Congressman Larry J. Hopkins to win a term as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brereton C. Jones 184,703 37.55
Democratic Scott Baesler 149,352 30.36
Democratic Floyd G. Poore 132,060 26.84
Democratic Gatewood Galbraith 25,834 5.25
Total votes 491,949 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry J. Hopkins 81,526 50.60
Republican Larry Forgy 79,581 49.40
Total votes 161,107 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Kentucky gubernatorial election, 1991[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Brereton C. Jones 540,468 64.73% -8.77%
Republican Larry J. Hopkins 294,452 35.27% +8.82%
Majority 246,016 29.47% -17.59%
Turnout 834,920
Democratic hold Swing

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