Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 1982

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The 1982 Massachusetts gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1982. Michael Dukakis was elected to a second non-consecutive term. He beat Republican John W. Sears in the General election, after defeating Incumbent Governor Edward J. King in the Democratic primary.

Primaries[edit]

Governor[edit]

Former Governor Michael Dukakis challenged incumbent Governor Edward J. King in a rematch of the 1978 Democratic primary. This time Dukakis was victorious, defeating King 53%-47%.

Former Suffolk County sheriff and Boston city councilman John Winthrop Sears defeated businessman John Lakian and State Representative Andrew Card for the Republican nomination. [1]

Lt. Governor[edit]

Incumbent Lt. Governor Thomas P. O'Neill III did not run for re-election. Former Navy Lieutenant and anti-war activist John Kerry won a five way contest for the Democratic nomination. State Representative Leon Lombardi was the Republican nominee.

Results[edit]

Democratic primaries[edit]

1982 Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Michael Dukakis 631,911 53.49%
Democratic Edward J. King 549,335 46.50%
Majority 82,576 6.99%
1982 Massachusetts Democratic Lt. gubernatorial primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Kerry 325,890 29.00%
Democratic Evelyn Murphy 286,378 25.48%
Democratic Samuel Rotondi 228,086 20.29%
Democratic Lou Nickinello 150,829 13.42%
Democratic Lois Pines 132,734 11.81%
Majority 39,512 3.52%

Republican primaries[edit]

1982 Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial primary
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John W. Sears 90,617 50.71%
Republican John Lakian 46,675 26.12%
Republican Andrew Card 40,899 22.95%
Majority 43,942 24.59%

General election[edit]

1982 Massachusetts gubernatorial election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Michael Dukakis (John Kerry) 1,219,109 59.48%
Republican John W. Sears (Leon Lombardi) 749,679 36.57%
Independent Frank Rich (John Davies) 63,068 3.08%
Libertarian Rebecca Shipman (Norman MacConnell, Jr.) 17,918 0.87%
Majority 469,430 22.91%

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