2002 Iowa gubernatorial election

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Iowa gubernatorial election, 2002

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  Tom Vilsack ChangeGov Press (cropped).jpg Doug Gross (cropped).jpg
Nominee Tom Vilsack Doug Gross
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 540,449 456,612
Percentage 52.7% 44.5%

Iowa Governor Election Results by County, 2002.svg
County Results

Vilsack:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Gross:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70-80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Tom Vilsack
Democratic

Elected Governor

Tom Vilsack
Democratic

The Iowa gubernatorial election of 2002 took place November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack sought re-election to a second term as governor. Governor Vilsack won his party's nomination uncontested, while Doug Gross, an advisor to former Governor Terry Branstad, narrowly won the Republican Party's primary in a crowded and competitive election. In the general election, Vilsack was able to improve ever so slightly on his margin of victory four years earlier to win what would be his second and final term as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Vilsack (incumbent) 79,277 98.6
Democratic Write-ins 1,166 1.4
Total votes 80,443 100

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Gross 71,478 35.9
Republican Steve Sukup 64,490 32.4
Republican Bob Vander Plaats 63,077 31.7
Republican Write-ins 189 0.1
Total votes 199,234 100

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Iowa gubernatorial election, 2002[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Tom Vilsack (inc.) 540,449 52.7% +0.38%
Republican Doug Gross 456,612 44.5% -1.99%
Green Jay Robinson 14,628 1.4%
Libertarian Clyde Cleveland 13,098 1.3%
Write-ins 1,025 0.1%
Majority 83,837 8.2% +2.38%
Turnout 1,025,802
Democratic hold Swing

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