1979 United States gubernatorial elections

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1979 United States gubernatorial elections

← 1978 October 27, 1979 (Louisiana primary)
November 6, 1979 (Kentucky and Mississippi)
December 8, 1979 (Louisiana general election)
1980 →

4 governorships
3 states; 1 territory
  Majority party Minority party
  Ella Grasso.jpg Richard A Snelling.jpg
Leader Ella Grasso Richard A. Snelling
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Connecticut Vermont
Last election 32 governorships 18 governorships
Seats before 32 18
Seats after 31 19
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1

1979 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Democratic holds
  Republican pickups

United States gubernatorial elections were held in the fall of 1979, in three states and one territory.

Republicans gained one gubernatorial seat in this year with Dave Treen's victory in Louisiana, who as a result became the first Republican Governor of that state since Reconstruction. Treen led a field of six major candidates in the October 27 primary, and narrowly edged state senator Louis Lambert in the December 8 general election (or "runoff").

Democrats held control of the governor's mansions in Kentucky and Mississippi in the November 6 general elections.

Election results[edit]

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

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
Kentucky[1] Julian Carroll Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory John Y. Brown Jr. (Democratic) 59.41%
Louie Nunn (Republican) 40.59%
Louisiana Edwin Edwards Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Dave Treen (Republican) 21.79% (50.35% in Runoff)
Louis Lambert (Democratic) 20.74% (49.65% in Runoff)
Jimmy Fitzmorris (Democratic) 20.56%
Paul Hardy (Democratic) 16.62%
E. L. Henry (Democratic) 9.94%
Edgar G. "Sonny" Mouton, Jr. (Democratic) 9.103%
L. D. Knox (Democratic) 0.46%
Mississippi[2] Cliff Finch Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory William Winter (Democratic) 61.07%
Gil Carmichael (Republican) 38.93%


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2010-05-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=17288