1992 Missouri gubernatorial election

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Missouri gubernatorial election, 1992

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  CarnahanMel.jpg William L. Webster (cropped).jpg
Nominee Mel Carnahan William L. Webster
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,375,425 968,574
Percentage 58.7% 41.3%

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  Carnahan >= 50%
  Carnahan >= 60%
  Carnahan >= 70%
  Webster >= 50%
  Webster >= 60%

Governor before election

John Ashcroft

Elected Governor

Mel Carnahan

The Missouri gubernatorial election of 1992 was Missouri's 48th gubernatorial election. The election was held on November 3, 1992 and resulted in a victory for the Democratic nominee, Lt. Governor Mel Carnahan, over the Republican candidate, Missouri Attorney General William L. Webster, and Libertarian Joan Dow.[1]


Despite the fact that Webster was well known having served as Attorney General of Missouri he was handily defeated by just over 17%. Carnahan won typically Democratic strongholds such as St. Louis and Kansas City. Carnahan did surprisingly well in most of rural Missouri. Carnahan was also likely helped because Bill Clinton won Missouri in the concurrent 1992 presidential election. Webster conceded defeat soon after the polls closed. The election was also important for Democrats because this was a pick up for them.

1992 gubernatorial election, Missouri[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mel Carnahan 1,375,425 58.68 +23.93
Republican William L. Webster 968,574 41.32 -22.90
Libertarian Joan Dow (write-in) 66 0.00 -1.03
Majority 406,851 17.36 -12.10
Turnout 2,344,065 45.81 +3.38
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010828025646/http://www.rahul.net/cgi-bin/jwd3-cgi-bin/er-lookup?z=MO92gov
  2. ^ "MO Governor Race - Nov 03, 1992". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-10.