United States gubernatorial elections, 1976

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United States Gubernatorial elections, 1976
United States
← 1975 November 2, 1976 1977 →

15 governorships
14 states; 1 territory
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 36 governorships 13 governorships
Seats before 36 13
Seats after 37 12
Seat change +1 -1

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  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Republican holds
  Republican pickups

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 2, 1976 in 14 states and one territory. Democrats achieved a net-gain of one in these elections. This coincided with the House, Senate elections and the presidential election.

This was the last year in which Illinois held a gubernatorial election on the same year as the presidential election. The state of Illinois moved its gubernatorial election date to midterm congressional election years. As a result, the governor elected this year, served a term of only 2 years.

Election results[edit]

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

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Arkansas[1] David Pryor Democratic Re-elected, 83.24% Leon Griffith (Republican) 16.74%
Delaware[2] Sherman W. Tribbitt Democratic Defeated, 42.46% Pierre S. du Pont, IV (Republican) 56.86%
George Cripps (American) 0.55%
Harry Connor (Prohibition) 0.13%
Illinois[3] Daniel Walker Democratic Defeated in Primary,[4] Republican victory James R. Thompson (Republican) 64.68%
Michael Howlett (Democratic) 34.71%
Ishmael Flory (Communist) 0.22%
Indiana[5] Otis R. Bowen Republican Re-elected, 56.85% Larry Conrad (Democratic) 42.63%
Daniel P. Talbot (American) 0.45%
Samuel L. Washington (U.S. Labor) 0.08%
Missouri[6] Kit Bond Republican Defeated, 49.55% Joseph P. Teasdale (Democratic) 50.23%
Leon Striler (Nonpartisan) 0.22%
Montana[7] Thomas Lee Judge Democratic Re-elected, 61.7% Robert Woodahl (Republican) 36.58%
Charley Mahoney (Independent) 1.72%
New Hampshire[8] Meldrim Thomson, Jr. Republican Re-elected, 57.66% Harry Spanos (Democratic) 42.32%
North Carolina[9] James Holshouser Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Jim Hunt (Democratic) 64.99%
David Flaherty (Republican) 33.9%
Herbert F. "Chub" Seawell Jr. (American) 0.82%
Arlan Andrews (Libertarian) 0.29%
North Dakota[10] Arthur A. Link Democratic Re-elected, 51.58% Richard Elkin (Republican) 46.53%
Martin Vaaler (American) 1.89%
Rhode Island[11] Philip W. Noel Democratic Retired, Democratic victory John Garrahy (Democratic) 54.82%
James Taft (Republican) 44.71%
John C. Swift (Independent) 0.32%
Utah[12] Calvin L. Rampton Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Scott M. Matheson (Democratic) 52.02%
Vernon B. Romney (Republican) 45.96%
L. S. Brown (American) 1.33%
Betty Bates (Concerned Citizens) 0.69%
Vermont[13] Thomas P. Salmon Democratic Retired, Republican victory Richard A. Snelling (Republican) 53.39%
Stella Hackel (Democratic) 40.48%
Bernie Sanders (Liberty Union) 6.09%
Washington Daniel J. Evans Republican Retired, Democratic victory Dixy Lee Ray (Democratic) 53.14%
John Spellman (Republican) 44.43%
Art Manning (American) 0.8%
Red Kelly (OWL Party) 0.8%
Henry Killman (Socialist Labor) 0.27%
West Virginia[14] Arch A. Moore, Jr. Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Jay Rockefeller (Democratic) 66.15%
Cecil H. Underwood (Republican) 33.82%

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