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United States gubernatorial elections, 1994

United States Gubernatorial elections, 1994

November 8, 1994

Governorships of GA, HI, ID, IL, 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 Republican Democratic
Last election 19 governorships 29 governorships
Seats before 20[1][2] 29
Seats after 30 19
Seat change Increase10 Decrease10

  Republican holds
  Republican pickups
  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Independent pickups

The 1994 U.S. gubernatorial elections were held on November 8, 1994 in 36 states. Many seats held by Democratic Party governors switched to the Republican Party during the time known as the Republican Revolution.

Heading into the election, there were 21 seats held by Democrats, 14 held by Republicans, and one by an independent. By the end of the elections, 11 seats would be held by Democrats, 24 by Republicans, and one by an independent.

The elections coincided with the mid-term elections for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

Election results

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.
State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Alabama Jim Folsom, Jr. Democratic Defeated, 49.4% Fob James (Republican) 50.3%
Alaska Walter Joseph Hickel Republican Retired, Democratic victory Tony Knowles (Democratic) 41.1%
Jim Campbell (Republican) 40.8%
Jack Coghill (Alaskan Independence) 13%
Jim Sykes (Green) 4.1%
Jack Coghill (Patriot) 0.8%
Arizona Fife Symington III Republican Re-elected, 52.5% Eddie Basha (Democratic) 44.3%
John Buttrick (Libertarian) 3.1%
Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker Democratic Re-elected, 59.6% Sheffield Nelson (Republican) 40.4%
California Pete Wilson Republican Re-elected, 55.3% Kathleen Brown (Democratic) 40.4%
Richard Rider (Libertarian) 1.7%
Jerome McCready (American Ind.) 1.6%
Gloria LaRiva (Peace & Freedom) 0.9%
Colorado Roy Romer Democratic Re-elected, 55.5% Bruce Benson (Republican) 38.7%
Kevin Swanson (Taxpayers) 3.6%
Philip Hufford (Green) 1.5%
Earl Dodge (Prohibition) 0.7%
Connecticut Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. A Connecticut Party Retired, Republican victory John G. Rowland (Republican) 36.2%
Bill Curry (Democratic) 32.7%
Eunice Groark (A Connecticut Party) 18.9%
Tom Scott (Independence) 11.3%
Joseph A. Zdonczyk (Concerned Citizens) 0.9%
Florida Lawton Chiles Democratic Re-elected, 50.7% Jeb Bush (Republican) 49.2%
Georgia Zell Miller Democratic Re-elected, 51.05% Guy Millner (Republican) 48.95%
Hawaii John D. Waihee III Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Ben Cayetano (Democratic) 36.6%
Frank Fasi (Best Party of Hawaii) 30.7%
Pat Saiki (Republican) 29.2%
Kioni Dudley (Green) 3.5%
Idaho Cecil D. Andrus Democratic Retired, Republican victory Phil Batt (Republican) 52.3%
Larry EchoHawk (Democratic) 43.9%
Ronald D. Rankin (Independent) 3.8%
Illinois Jim Edgar Republican Re-elected, 63.9% Dawn Clark Netsch (Democratic) 34.4%
David L. Kelley (Libertarian) 1.7%
Iowa Terry E. Branstad Republican Re-elected, 56.80% Bonnie Campbell (Democratic) 41.6%
Richard O'Dell Hughes (Nom. By Petition) 0.6%
Veronica Wells Butler (Natural Law) 0.4%
Carl E. Olsen (Libertarian) 0.3%
Michael Galati (Socialist Workers) 0.1%
Kansas Joan Finney Democratic Retired, Republican victory Bill Graves (Republican) 64.1%
Jim Slattery (Democratic) 35.9%
Maine John R. McKernan, Jr. Republican Term-limited, Independent victory Angus King (Independent) 35.4%
Joseph E. Brennan (Democratic) 33.8%
Susan Collins (Republican) 23.1%
Johnathan Carter (Green) 6.4%
Ed Finks (Write-in) 1.3%
Maryland William Donald Schaefer Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Parris Glendening (Democratic) 50.1%
Ellen Sauerbrey (Republican) 49.8%
Massachusetts William Weld Republican Re-elected, 70.8% Mark Roosevelt (Democratic) 28.3%
Dean Cook (Libertarian) 0.7%
Jeffrey W. Rebello (LaRouche was Right) 0.2%
Michigan John Engler Republican Re-elected, 61.5% Howard Wolpe (Democratic) 38.5%
Minnesota Arne Carlson Independent-
Re-elected, 63.3% John Marty (DFL) 34.1%
Will Shetterly (Grassroots) 1.2%
Eric Arthur Olson (Libertarian) 0.9%
Leslie Davis (Nutritional Rights Alliance) 0.3%
Jon Hillson (Socialist Workers) 0.2%
Nebraska Ben Nelson Democratic Re-elected, 73.0% Gene Spence (Republican) 25.6%
Ernie Chambers (Write-in) 0.5%
Nevada Bob Miller Democratic Re-elected, 52.7% Jim Gibbons (Republican) 41.3%
Daniel Hansen (Independent American) 2.6%
None of These Candidates 2.3%
Denis Shotly (Libertarian) 1.1%
New Hampshire Steve Merrill Republican Re-elected, 70.0% Wayne King (Democratic) 25.6%
Steve Winter (Libertarian) 4%
Cal Warburton (Libertarian) 0.4%
New Mexico Bruce King Democratic Defeated, 39.9% Gary Johnson (Republican) 49.8%
Roberto Mondragon (Green) 10.3%
New York Mario Cuomo Democratic Defeated, 45.4% George Pataki (Republican) 48.8%
Tom Golisano (Independence) 4.2%
Robert T. Walsh (Right-to-Life) 1.3%
Robert Schulz (Libertarian) 0.2%
Lawrence Lane (Socialist Workers) 0.1%
Ohio George Voinovich Republican Re-elected, 71.8% Rob Burch (Democratic) 25%
Billy R. Inmon (Independent) 3.2%
Oklahoma David Walters Democratic Retired, Republican victory Frank Keating (Republican) 46.9%
Jack Mildren (Democratic) 29.6%
Wes Watkins (Independent) 23.5%
Oregon Barbara Roberts Democratic Retired, Democratic victory John Kitzhaber (Democratic) 51%
Denny Smith (Republican) 42.4%
Ed Hickam (American) 4.8%
Danford P. Vander Ploeg (Libertarian) 1.7%
Pennsylvania Robert P. Casey Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Tom Ridge (Republican) 45.4%
Mark Singel (Democratic) 39.9%
Peg Luksik (Constitution) 12.8%
Patrick Fallon (Libertarian) 0.9%
Timothy E. Holloway (Patriot) 0.9%
Rhode Island Bruce Sundlun Democratic Defeated in primary, Republican victory Lincoln Almond (Republican) 47.4%
Myrth York (Democratic) 43.5%
Robert J. Healey (Independent) 9.1%
South Carolina Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Republican Term-limited, Republican victory David Beasley (Republican) 50.4%
Nick Theodore (Democratic) 47.9%
John R. Peeples, Jr. (Taxpayers) 0.9%
Wayne B. Griffin (New Alliance) 0.6%
South Dakota Walter Dale Miller Republican Defeated in primary, Republican victory Bill Janklow (Republican) 55.4%
Jim Beddow (Democratic) 40.5%
Nathan Barton (Libertarian) 4.1%
Tennessee Ned McWherter Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Don Sundquist (Republican) 54.3%
Phil Bredesen (Democratic) 44.7%
Stephanie E. Holt (Independent) 0.7%
Will Smith (Independent) 0.2%
Charlie Moffett (Independent) 0.2%
Texas Ann Richards Democratic Defeated, 45.9% George W. Bush (Republican) 53.5%
Keary Ehlers (Libertarian) 0.6%
Vermont Howard Dean Democratic Re-elected, 68.7% David F. Kelley (Republican) 19.0%
Thomas J. Morse (Independent) 7.1%
Dennis Lane (Vermont Grassroots) 1.0%
William Brueckner (Independent) 1.0%
August Jaccaci (People of Vermont) 1.0%
Richard F. Gottlieb (Liberty Union) 0.8%
Bill Brunelle (Natural Law) 0.8%
Wisconsin Tommy Thompson Republican Re-elected, 67.2% Chuck Chvala (Democratic) 30.9%
David S. Harmon (Libertarian) 1.0%
Edward J. Frami (Taxpayers) 1.0%
Michael J. Mangan (Independent) 1.0%
Wyoming Mike Sullivan Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Jim Geringer (Republican) 58.7%
Kathy Karpan (Democratic) 40.2%
Seaghan Uibreaslain (Libertarian) 1.1%


  1. ^ Alaskan Governor Wally Hickel was elected on the Alaskan Independence Party line in 1990, but switched to the Republican Party in April 1994.
  2. ^ "Alaska's Gov. Hickel Rejoins Gop Amid Speculation Over Another Term".  
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