Idaho gubernatorial election, 1994

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The 1994 Idaho gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1994 to select the governor of the U.S. state of Idaho. Cecil D. Andrus, the Democratic incumbent, chose not to seek reelection after a total of 14 years in office. Former state senator and Republican Party chair Phil Batt engineered a come-from-behind victory to defeat Democratic Attorney General Larry EchoHawk. Batt's victory put the Idaho statehouse in Republican hands for the first time since 1970.

Republican Primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Batt 57,066 48.00%
Republican Larry Eastland 38,664 32.52%
Republican Chuck Winder 16,063 13.51%
Republican Doug Dorn 7,098 5.97%
Totals 118,891 100.00%

Democratic Primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Larry EchoHawk 42,661 73.81%
Democratic Ron Beitelspacher 12,377 21.41%
Democratic David W. Sheperd 2,759 4.77%
Totals 57,797 100.00%

General election[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Although at first many thought EchoHawk would win the election and become the first Native American governor in the United States, Batt prevailed with an aggressive campaign and with the help of a Republican tide that was especially powerful in Idaho in 1994.

Results[edit]

Idaho gubernatorial election, 1994[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Phil Batt 216,123 52.29% +20.49%
Democratic Larry EchoHawk 181,363 43.88% -24.33%
Independent Ronald D. Rankin 15,793 3.82%
Write-ins 67 0.02%
Majority 34,760 8.41% -28.00%
Turnout 419,330
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

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Preceded by
1990
Idaho gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1998