United States gubernatorial elections, 1974

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United States Gubernatorial elections, 1974
United States
1973 ←
November 5, 1974 → 1975

Governorships of AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA,

MI, MN, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, WI, WY, GU, and VI

  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 32 governorships 18 governorships
Seats before 32 18
Seats after 36 13
Seat change Increase4 Decrease5

The United States gubernatorial elections of 1974 were held on November 5, 1974 in thirty-five states. The Democrats achieved a net gain of four, Republicans took a net loss of five, and one Independent was elected to the governorship of a state.

Election results 1974[edit]

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama[1] George Wallace Democratic Re-elected, 83.16% Elvin McCary (Republican) 14.77%
Jim Partain (Prohibition) 2.06%
Alaska[2] William Allen Egan Democratic Defeated, 47.37% Jay Hammond (Republican) 47.67%
Joe Vogler (Alaskan Ind.) 4.96%
Arizona[3] Jack Richard Williams Republican Retired, Democratic victory Raul Hector Castro (Democratic) 50.41%
Russell Williams (Republican) 49.56%
Arkansas[4] Dale Bumpers Democratic Retired, Democratic victory David Pryor (Democratic) 65.57%
Ken Coon (Republican) 34.41%
California Ronald Reagan Republican Retired, Democratic victory Jerry Brown (Democratic) 50.11%
Houston I. Flournoy (Republican) 47.25%
Edmon Kaiser (AI) 1.34%
Elizabeth Keathley (PF) 1.2%
Colorado[5] John David Vanderhoof Republican Defeated, 45.69% Richard Lamm (Democratic) 53.26%
Earl Dodge (Prohibition) 0.77%
Lann Meyers (U.S. Labor) 0.28%
Connecticut[6] Thomas Joseph Meskill Republican Retired, Democratic victory Ella T. Grasso (Democratic) 58.35%
Robert H. Steele (Republican) 39.91%
Thomas Pallone (George Wallace Party) 1.51%
Allen Peichert (American) 0.21%
Florida Reubin O'Donovan Askew Democratic Re-elected, 61.2% Jerry Thomas (Republican) 38.8%
Georgia[7] Jimmy Carter Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory George Busbee (Democratic) 69.07%
Ronnie Thompson (Republican) 30.87%
Hawaii[8] John A. Burns Democratic Retired, Democratic victory George Ariyoshi (Democratic) 54.58%
Randolph Crossley (Republican) 45.42%
Idaho Cecil D. Andrus Democratic Re-elected, 70.92% Jack M. Murphy (Republican) 26.47%
Nolan Victor (American) 2.6%
Iowa[9] Robert D. Ray Republican Re-elected, 58.07% James Schaben (Democratic) 41.02%
Ralph Scott (American) 0.9%
Kansas[10] Robert Docking Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Robert Frederick Bennett (Republican) 49.47%
Vern Miller (Democratic) 49%
Marshall Uncapher (Prohibition) 1.53%
Maine Kenneth M. Curtis Democratic Term-limited, Independent victory James B. Longley (Independent) 39.14%
George J. Mitchell (Democratic) 36.33%
James Erwin (Republican) 23.13%
Stanley Leen (Independent) 0.79%
William B. Hughes (Independent) 0.36%
Maryland[11] Marvin Mandel Democratic Re-elected, 63.5% Louise Gore (Republican) 36.5%
Massachusetts Francis W. Sargent Republican Defeated, 42.29% Michael Dukakis (Democratic) 53.5%
Leo Kahian (American) 3.4%
Donald Gurewitz (Socialist Workers) .81%
Michigan[12] William Milliken Republican Re-elected, 51.07% Sander M. Levin (Democratic) 46.75%
Zolton Ferency (Human Rights) 1.08%
Hugh M. Davidson (American Independent) .76%
Eldon Andrews (Conservative) .16%
Minnesota Wendell Anderson Democratic Re-elected, 62.8% John W. Johnson (Republican) 29.35%
James Miles (Independent) 4.8%
Harry Pool (American) 1.63%
Jane VanDeusen (Socialist Workers) .74%
Erwin Marquit (Communist) .28%
Nebraska[13] J. James Exon Democratic Re-elected, 59.16% Richard Marvel (Republican) 35.4%
Ernie Chambers (Independent) 5.39%
Nevada[14] Mike O'Callaghan Democratic Re-elected, 67.38% Shirley Crumpler (Republican) 17.1%
James R. Houston (Ind. American) 15.52%
New Hampshire[15] Meldrim Thomson, Jr. Republican Re-elected, 51.15% Richard W. Leonard (Democratic) 48.79%
New Mexico[16] Bruce King Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Jerry Apodaca (Democratic) 49.94%
Joe Skeen (Republican) 48.8%
Gene Gonzales (American Independent) 1.26%
New York Malcolm Wilson Republican Defeated, 41.94% Hugh Carey (Democratic) 57.22%
Wayne Amato (Courage) 0.24%
Ohio[17] John J. Gilligan Democratic Defeated, 48.25% Jim Rhodes (Republican) 48.62%
Nancy Lazar (Independent) 3.11%
Oklahoma[18] David Hall Democratic Defeated in primary, Democratic victory David L. Boren (Democratic) 63.91%
Jim Inhofe (Republican) 36.09%
Oregon Tom McCall Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Robert W. Straub (Democratic) 57.73%
Victor G. Atiyeh (Republican) 42.14%
Pennsylvania Milton Shapp Democratic Re-elected, 53.66% Andrew L. Lewis, Jr. (Republican) 45.11%
Stephen Depue (Constitutionalist) 0.96%
Frederick L. Stanton (Socialist Workers) 0.26%
Rhode Island[19] Philip W. Noel Democratic Re-elected, 78.48% James Nugent (Republican) 21.52%
South Carolina John C. West Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory James B. Edwards (Republican) 50.68%
William Jennings Bryan Dorn (Democratic) 47.41%
Penny Jennings (Independent) 1.58%
Charles Ravenel (Write-in) .12%
South Dakota[20] Richard F. Kneip Democratic Re-elected, 53.61% John E. Olson (Republican) 46.39%
Tennessee[21] Winfield Dunn Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Ray Blanton (Democratic) 55.88%
Lamar Alexander (Republican) 44.12%
Texas[22] Dolph Briscoe Democratic Re-elected, 61.41% Jim Granberry (Republican) 31.1%
Ramsey Muniz (La Raza Unida) 5.64%
Sam McDonnell (American) 1.34%
Sherry Smith (Socialist Workers) 0.2%
Vermont[23] Thomas P. Salmon Democratic Re-elected, 63.03% Walter L. Kennedy (Republican) 32.36%
Martha Abbott (Liberty Union) 4.6%
Wisconsin Patrick Lucey Democratic Re-elected, 53.2% William Dyke (Republican) 42.08%
William H. Upham Jr. (American) 2.84%
Crazy Jim (Independent) 1.03%
William O. Hart (Socialist) 0.43%
Wyoming[24] Stanley K. Hathaway Republican Retired, Democratic victory Edgar Herschler (Democratic) 55.88%
Dick Jones (Republican) 44.12%

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