1986 South Dakota gubernatorial election

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South Dakota gubernatorial election, 1986

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Nominee George Mickelson Lars Herseth
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Walter D. Miller Ted Thoms
Popular vote 152,543 141,898
Percentage 51.8% 48.2%

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County results

Mickelson:      50-60%      60-70%

Herseth:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Bill Janklow
Republican

Elected Governor

George Mickelson
Republican

The 1986 South Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1986 to elect the Governor of South Dakota. Incumbent Bill Janklow was term-limited, so the field for the new governor was open. Republican nominee George S. Mickelson was elected, defeating Democratic nominee Ralph Lars Herseth.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George S. Mickelson 40,979 35.30
Republican Clint Roberts 37,250 32.08
Republican Lowell Hansen 21,884 18.85
Republican Alice Kundert 15,985 13.77
Total votes 116,098 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Dakota gubernatorial election, 1986[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George S. Mickelson 152,543 51.81
Democratic Ralph Lars Herseth 141,898 48.19
Total votes 294,441 100.00
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leip, David (April 17, 2007). "1986 Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election Results - South Dakota". Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Official Election Returns and Registration Figures for South Dakota" (PDF). South Dakota Secretary of State. South Dakota Secretary of State. 1986. p. 3. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Leip, David (May 18, 2008). "1986 Gubernatorial General Election Results - South Dakota". Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved June 5, 2014.