1978 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1978

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Nominee James R. Thompson Michael Bakalis
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate David C. O'Neal Dick Durbin
Popular vote 1,859,684 1,263,134
Percentage 59.0% 40.1%

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County Results

Thompson:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Bakalis:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

James R. Thompson
Republican

Elected Governor

James R. Thompson
Republican

Gubernatorial elections were held in Illinois in November 7, 1978. Republican candidate James R. Thompson easily won a second term in office, defeating Democrat Michael Bakalis by nearly 600,000 votes. It was the first election that coincided with congressional midterm elections.[1] The previous election had been in 1976.

Results[edit]

1978 gubernatorial election, Illinois[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican James R. Thompson (incumbent) 1,859,684 59.04
Democratic Michael Bakalis 1,263,134 40.10
Libertarian Georgia Shields 11,420 0.36
Socialist Workers Cecil Lampkin 11,026 0.35
U.S. Labor Melvin Klenetsky 4,737 0.15
N/A write-ins 106 0.00 n-a
Majority 596,550 18.94
Turnout 3,150,107
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ w. "Illinois Constitution – Article V". Ilga.gov. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  2. ^ [1]