Alabama gubernatorial election, 1994

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Alabama gubernatorial election, 1994
Alabama
1990 ←
November 8, 1994
→ 1998

  Jim Folsom Jr..jpg
Nominee Fob James Jim Folsom, Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 604,926 594,169
Percentage 50.3% 49.4%

Seal of the Governor of Alabama.svg
Governor before election

Jim Folsom, Jr.
Democratic

Elected Seal of the Governor of Alabama.svg
Governor

Fob James
Republican

The 1994 Alabama gubernatorial election was held on 8 November 1994 to select the governor of the state of Alabama. The election saw Republican Fob James defeat Democratic incumbent Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. in an upset.

Democratic primary[edit]

The Democratic primary saw Jim Folsom defeat Paul Hubbert for the Democratic nomination. Lieutenant Governor Folsom had become Governor on 22 April 1993 after Republican Governor H. Guy Hunt was removed from office.[1]

Candidate # of votes  % of votes
Jim Folsom, Jr. 380,227 54.0
Paul Hubbert 285,554 40.6
F. Ross Stewart 24,354 3.5
Tom Hayden 13,532 1.9

Source: 1994 Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Election Results - Alabama

Republican primary[edit]

Fob James defeated five other candidates for the Republican nomination.

Candidate # of votes  % of votes
Fob James 84,021 39.5
Ann Bedsole 54,450 25.6
Winton Blount, III 51,795 24.4
Mickey Kirkland 18,538 8.7
Robin Swift 3,138 1.5
Jack Pollard 543 0.3

Source: 1994 Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election Results - Alabama

General election results[edit]

Polling[edit]

Source Date James (R) Folsom (D)
WFSA-TV Nov. 6, 1994 40% 47%
WALA-TV Oct. 23, 1994 38% 49%

Results[edit]

Folsom led in the polls during the campaign which showed him 10 to 12 percent ahead of James on the last weekend before the election. However James pulled off a narrow upset victory in the election.[2]

1994 gubernatorial election, Alabama
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Fob James 604,926 50.3
Democratic Jim Folsom, Jr. 594,169 49.4
Write-In 2,874 0.2
Majority 10,757 0.9
Turnout 1,201,969 38.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Elisha Folsom, Jr.". Alabama Department of Archives & History. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Jim Folsom learned his lesson". The Tuscaloosa News. 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
Preceded by
1990 election
Gubernatorial election in Alabama
1994
Succeeded by
1998 election