Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1982

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Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1982
Arkansas
1980 ←
November 2, 1982
→ 1984

  Bill Clinton.jpg Frank D. White 1995.jpg
Nominee Bill Clinton Frank D. White
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 431,855 357,496
Percentage 54.71% 45.29%

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Election results by county

Governor before election

Frank D. White
Republican

Elected Governor

Bill Clinton
Democratic

The Arkansas gubernatorial election of 1982 was the second since Reconstruction in which an incumbent was defeated. Coincidentally, the first had been the preceding election.

One-term Democratic Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton regained the position after having narrowly been defeated by Republican Frank D. White at the previous election. Clinton continued to serve until he was elected President of the United States in 1992.

Democratic nomination[edit]

  • Gov. Bill Clinton, Governor of Arkansas 1979-1981
  • Lt. Governor Joe Purcell, former Acting Governor of Arkansas, 1979, former Lieutenant Governor 1975-1981

Republican nomination[edit]

Frank D. white - Incumbent Governor

Campaign[edit]

Bill Clinton, one of the youngest ex-governors in the nation, at the age of 36, was running to reclaim his political career. Frank White easily won renomination from the Republican party.

Result[edit]

Bill Clinton, who was defeated in the last election, won the election, and elected again in 1984, 1986, and 1990, until his presidential victory in November 1992.

Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Clinton 431,855 54.71%
Republican Frank D. White 357,496 45.29%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

Source: http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=28234

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