1992 Indiana gubernatorial election

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Indiana gubernatorial election, 1992

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  Evan Bayh official portrait v2.jpg Linley Pearson (cropped).jpg
Nominee Evan Bayh Linley E. Pearson
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Frank O'Bannon Robert D. Green
Popular vote 1,382,151 822,533
Percentage 62.0% 36.9%

Blue counties won by Bayh.
Red counties won by Pearson.

Governor before election

Evan Bayh

Elected Governor

Evan Bayh

The 1992 Indiana gubernatorial Election was held on November 3, 1992. Incumbent Governor Evan Bayh, a Democrat, won reelection over his Republican challenger, Linley E. Pearson with 62% of the vote. He was the first Democratic governor of Indiana to win reelection since governors became eligible for election to consecutive terms in office in 1972.



Incumbent Governor Evan Bayh won unopposed.

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Evan Bayh (Incumbent) 298,478 100.00
Total votes 298,478 100.00



  • Linley E. Pearson, Indiana Attorney General
  • H. Dean Evans, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • John A. Johnson, former Republican nominee for Congress in the 5th District
Republican primary results [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Linley E. Pearson 223,373 48.9
Republican H. Dean Evans 153,089 33.5
Republican John A. Johnson 80,784 17.7
Total votes 457,246 100.00

Minor parties[edit]

New Alliance[edit]

The New Alliance Party nominated Mary Barton to be its gubernatorial candidate in 1992. Elmetta Wellington became the nominee for lieutenant governor.


Bayh won the election with 62% of the popular vote to Pearson's 37%. Bayh's total in the popular vote was the largest in recent history.

Indiana gubernatorial election, 1992
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Evan Bayh (incumbent) 1,382,151 62.0
Republican Linley E. Pearson 822,533 36.9
New Alliance Mary Barton 24,378 1.1


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