1986 Michigan gubernatorial election

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Michigan gubernatorial election, 1986

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Nominee James Blanchard William Lucas
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,632,138 753,647
Percentage 68.1% 31.4%

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County results

Governor before election

James Blanchard

Elected Governor

James Blanchard

The Michigan gubernatorial election of 1986 was held on November 4.

The Democrats nominated incumbent Governor James Blanchard.

The Republicans nominated Wayne County executive William Lucas, who made history by being the first African American nominee for either major party for Governor of Michigan.[citation needed]

Blanchard was re-elected, winning the election with 68.1% of the vote.[1]


Michigan gubernatorial election, 1994[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Blanchard (incumbent) 1,632,138 68.10
Republican William Lucas 753,647 31.45
Workers League Martin P. McLaughlin 9,477 0.40
Independent Others 1,302 0.05
Majority 2,396,564
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b Parker, Randy; RBH (June 14, 2009). "Our Campaigns: MI U.S. Senate". Our Campaigns.