1982 Alabama gubernatorial election

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1982 Alabama gubernatorial election

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  Governor George Wallace (205360242).jpg Emory M. Folmar (cropped).jpg
Nominee George Wallace Emory Folmar
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 650,538 440,815
Percentage 57.6% 39.1%

1982 Alabama gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Wallace:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Folmar:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Fob James
Democratic

Elected Governor

George Wallace
Democratic

The 1982 Alabama gubernatorial election included the last campaign and final electoral victory of George Wallace. The election occurred on November 2, 1982. Incumbent Governor Fob James declined to run for a second term, allowing for an open election in 1982. In the Democratic primary, Wallace received challenges from Lieutenant Governor George McMillan, Speaker of the State House Joe McCorquodale, former Governor Jim Folsom, and Reuben McKinley. Because Wallace did not receive a majority of the votes, he advanced to a run-off with McMillan and then narrowly won the Democratic nomination. Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar went unchallenged for the Republican nomination.

Wallace, formerly a notorious segregationist, renounced those views in 1979. On November 2, 1982, Wallace not only won the general election, but also over 90% of the black vote. Overall, Wallace received 650,538 (57.64%) votes against Folmar's 440,815 (39.06%) votes.

Background[edit]

Incumbent Governor Fob James declined to seek a second term. Shortly after former Governor George Wallace survived an assassination attempt in 1972, he renounced his infamous segregationist past, especially when he stood in front of the school house door at the University of Alabama in 1963, noting that, "I was wrong. Those days are over, and they ought to be over." With Governor James retiring, Wallace decided to run for a fourth non-consecutive term in 1982.

Democratic primary[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Governor Fob James decided to not seek a second term.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Wallace 425,469 42.53
Democratic George McMillan 296,271 29.62
Democratic Joe McCorquodale 250,614 25.05
Democratic Jim Folsom 17,333 1.73
Democratic Reuben McKinley 10,617 1.06
Total votes 1,000,304 100.00
Democratic runoff results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Wallace 512,203 51.19
Democratic George McMillan 488,444 48.81
Total votes 1,000,647 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Emory M. Folmar won the Republican Party primary without any opposition.

Election results[edit]

  • George Wallace (D) – 650,538 (57.64%)
  • Emory M. Folmar (R) – 440,815 (39.06%)
  • Leo Suiter (Alabama Conservative) – 17,936 (1.59%)
  • Henry Klingler (Libertarian) – 7,671 (0.68%)
  • John Jackson (Alabama National Democrat) – 4,693 (0.42%)
  • John Dyer (Prohibition) – 4,364 (0.39%)
  • Martin J. Boyers (Socialist Workers) – 2,578 (0.23%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AL Governor, 1982 - D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  2. ^ "AL Governor, 1982 - D Runoff". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 30 May 2021.