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United States gubernatorial elections, 1976

United States Gubernatorial elections, 1976

November 2, 1976

Governorships of AR, DE, IL, IN, MO, MT, NH, NC, ND, RI, UT, VT, WA, WV, PR
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 36 governorships 13 governorships
Seats before 36 13
Seats after 37 12
Seat change +1 -1

  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Republican holds
  Republican pickups

The United States gubernatorial elections of 1976 were held on November 2, 1976 in fourteen states. Democrats achieved a net-gain of one in these elections. This coincided with the Presidential election of 1976 and with the 1976 Congressional elections.

This was the last year in which Illinois held a gubernatorial election on the same year as the presidential election. The state of Illinois moved its gubernatorial election date from Presidential election years to midterm Congressional election years.

Election results

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.
State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Arkansas[1] David Pryor Democratic Re-elected, 83.24% Leon Griffith (Republican) 16.74%
Delaware[2] Sherman W. Tribbitt Democratic Defeated, 42.46% Pierre S. du Pont, IV (Republican) 56.86%
American) 0.55%
Harry Connor (Prohibition) 0.13%
Illinois[3] Daniel Walker Democratic Defeated in Primary,[4] Republican victory James R. Thompson (Republican) 64.68%
Michael Howlett (Democratic) 34.71%
Ishmael Flory (Communist) 0.22%
Indiana[5] Otis R. Bowen Republican Re-elected, 56.85% Larry Conrad (Democratic) 42.63%
Daniel P. Talbot (American) 0.45%
Samuel L. Washington (U.S. Labor) 0.08%
Missouri[6] Kit Bond Republican Defeated, 49.55% Joseph P. Teasdale (Democratic) 50.23%
Leon Striler (Nonpartisan) 0.22%
Montana[7] Thomas Lee Judge Democratic Re-elected, 61.7% Robert Woodahl (Republican) 36.58%
Charley Mahoney (Independent) 1.72%
New Hampshire[8] Meldrim Thomson, Jr. Republican Re-elected, 57.66% Harry Spanos (Democratic) 42.32%
North Carolina[9] James Holshouser Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Jim Hunt (Democratic) 64.99%
David Flaherty (Republican) 33.9%
Herbert F. "Chub" Seawell Jr. (American) 0.82%
Arlan Andrews (Libertarian) 0.29%
North Dakota[10] Arthur A. Link Democratic Re-elected, 51.58% Richard Elkin (Republican) 46.53%
Martin Vaaler (American) 1.89%
Rhode Island[11] Philip W. Noel Democratic Retired, Democratic victory John Garrahy (Democratic) 54.82%
James Taft (Republican) 44.71%
John C. Swift (Independent) 0.32%
Utah[12] Calvin L. Rampton Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Scott M. Matheson (Democratic) 52.02%
Vernon B. Romney (Republican) 45.96%
L. S. Brown (American) 1.33%
Betty Bates (Concerned Citizens) 0.69%
Vermont[13] Thomas P. Salmon Democratic Retired, Republican victory Richard A. Snelling (Republican) 53.39%
Stella Hackel (Democratic) 40.48%
Bernie Sanders (Liberty Union) 6.09%
Washington Daniel J. Evans Republican Retired, Democratic victory Dixy Lee Ray (Democratic) 53.14%
John Spellman (Republican) 44.43%
Art Manning (American) 0.8%
Red Kelly (OWL Party) 0.8%
Henry Killman (Socialist Labor) 0.27%
West Virginia[14] Arch A. Moore, Jr. Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Jay Rockefeller (Democratic) 66.15%
Cecil H. Underwood (Republican) 33.82%

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