1996 United States gubernatorial elections

1996 United States gubernatorial elections

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13 governorships
11 states; 2 territories
  Majority party Minority party
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 31 governorships 18 governorships
Seats before 32[1] 17
Seats after 32 17
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 5,550,803 6,230,913
Percentage 47.11% 52.89%

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  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 5, 1996 in 11 states and two territories. Going into the elections, seven of the seats were held by Democrats and four by Republicans. Democrats picked up the open seat in New Hampshire, and Republicans picked up the open seat in West Virginia, for no net change in the partisan balance of power. These elections coincided with the presidential election.

Election results[edit]

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

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
Delaware Tom Carper Democratic Re-elected, 69.5% Janet Rzewnicki (Republican) 30.5%
Indiana Evan Bayh Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Frank O'Bannon (Democratic) 51.5%
Steve Goldsmith (Republican) 46.8%
Steve Dillon (Libertarian) 1.7%
Missouri Mel Carnahan Democratic Re-elected, 57.2% Margaret Kelly (Republican) 40.4%
Mark Oglesby (Libertarian) 2.4%
Montana Marc Racicot Republican Re-elected, 79.2% Judy Jacobson (Democratic) 20.8%
New Hampshire Steve Merrill Republican Retired, Democratic victory Jeanne Shaheen (Democratic) 57.2%
Ovide Lamontagne (Republican) 39.5%
Fred Bramante (Independent Reform) 2.1%
Robert Kingsbury (Libertarian) 1.2%
North Carolina Jim Hunt Democratic Re-elected, 56.0% Robin Hayes (Republican) 42.8%
Scott Yost (Libertarian) 0.7%
Julia Van Witt (Natural Law) 0.6%
North Dakota Ed Schafer Republican Re-elected, 66.2% Lee Kaldor (Democratic) 33.8%
Utah Mike Leavitt Republican Re-elected, 75.0% James Bradley (Democratic) 23.3%
Ken Larsen (Independent American) 0.7%
Dub Richards (Independent) 0.6%
Robert Lesh (Natural Law) 0.4%
Vermont Howard Dean Democratic Re-elected, 70.5% John Gropper (Republican) 22.5%
Mal Herbert (Liberty Union) 1.6%
Dennis Lane (Grassroots) 1.4%
Bill Brunelle (Natural Law) 1.3%
August St. John (Independent) 1.3%
Neil Randall (Libertarian) 1.2%
Washington Mike Lowry Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Gary Locke (Democratic) 58.0%
Ellen Craswell (Republican) 42.0%
West Virginia Gaston Caperton Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Cecil Underwood (Republican) 51.6%
Charlotte Pritt (Democratic) 45.8%
Wallace Johnson (Libertarian) 2.6%

Note: Candidates' vote percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent. Candidates who earned 0.05% or more of the vote are included.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Huckabee (R) succeeded Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker (D) after the latter resigned due to convictions for one count of conspiracy and one count of mail fraud.