South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1982

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The 1982 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1982 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. The state constitution was amended by the voters on November 4, 1980 to allow for the governor to serve a second consecutive four year term. Governor Richard Riley, the popular Democratic incumbent, easily defeated Republican W. D. Workman, Jr. and became the first governor since Thomas Gordon McLeod in 1924 to be elected to a second consecutive term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Governor Richard Riley faced no opposition from South Carolina Democrats and avoided a primary election.

Republican primary[edit]

The South Carolina Republican Party held their primary for governor in the summer of 1982. The lack of a Democratic primary for Governor gave the Republicans an opportunity to increase interest in their party, but the popularity of Governor Richard Riley prevented many additional voters from participating in the primary. W. D. Workman, Jr. decisively defeated Roddy T. Martin and earned the right to face Riley in the general election.

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
W. D. Workman, Jr. 17,128 81.8
Roddy T. Martin 3,816 18.2


General election[edit]

The general election was held on November 2, 1982 and Richard Riley was elected as the next governor of South Carolina. Turnout decreased from the previous gubernatorial election because of the uncompetitive nature of the race.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Richard Riley 468,787 69.8 +8.5
Republican W. D. Workman, Jr. 202,806 30.2 -7.5
No party Write-Ins 184 0.0 -0.1
Majority 265,981 39.6 +16.0
Turnout 671,777 54.6 -2.6
  Democratic hold
1982 South Carolina gubernatorial election map, by percentile by county.
  65+% won by Riley
  60%-64% won by Riley
  50%-54% won by Riley

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Preceded by
1978
South Carolina gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1986