1980 Washington gubernatorial election

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Washington gubernatorial election, 1980

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Nominee John Spellman Jim McDermott
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 981,083 749,813
Percentage 56.7% 43.3%

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County results

Governor before election

Dixy Lee Ray

Elected Governor

John Spellman

The State of Washington holds its gubernatorial election every fourth year, concurrent with the United States presidential election. This election took place on November 4, 1980. Incumbent Democratic Governor Dixy Lee Ray ran for a second term, but lost in the primary to State Representative Jim McDermott. McDermott was defeated in the general election by Republican candidate John Spellman, the King County Executive. As of 2019, this is the most recent election in which a Republican was elected Governor of Washington.

General election results[edit]

Governor of Washington election, 1980[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Spellman 981,083 56.68
Democratic Jim McDermott 749,813 43.32
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ "Election Search Results - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State". Sos.wa.gov. Retrieved 13 July 2018.