North Carolina gubernatorial election, 1992

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North Carolina gubernatorial election, 1992
North Carolina
1988 ←
November 3, 1992 → 1996

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Nominee Jim Hunt Jim Gardner
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,368,246 1,121,955
Percentage 52.72% 43.23%

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County Results

Governor before election

James G. Martin
Republican

Elected Governor

Jim Hunt
Democratic

The North Carolina gubernatorial election of 1992 was held on November 3, 1992. Incumbent Governor James G. Martin was unable to run for a third consecutive term due to term limits, and his Lieutenant Governor, Jim Gardner, was chosen to replace him as the Republican nominee. Former Governor Jim Hunt decided to seek his third term as the Democratic nominee. The race became one of the nastiest and most talked about races in the country, with Hunt winning a third term easily over Gardner and Libertarian nominee Scott McLaughlin.

Primary election results[edit]

1992 NC Governor Democratic Primary Election Results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Hunt 459,300 65.46
Democratic Lacy Thornburg 188,806 26.91
Democratic Marcus W. Williams 25,660 3.66


1992 NC Governor Republican Primary Election Results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Gardner 215,528 81.96
Republican Ruby T. Hooper 26,179 9.96
Republican Gary M. Dunn 21,256 8.08


General election results[edit]

1992 NC Governor Election Results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Hunt 1,368,246 52.72
Republican Jim Gardner 1,121,955 43.23 -9.49%
Libertarian Scott McLaughlin 104,983 4.05
Turnout 2,595,184

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