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1982 Georgia gubernatorial election

The 1982 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1982. Joe Frank Harris was elected as the 78th Governor of Georgia.

Georgia gubernatorial election of 1982

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Nominee Joe Frank Harris Robert H. Bell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 734,090 434,496
Percentage 62.8% 37.2%

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County Results


Harris:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%      90-100%
Bell:

     50-60%

Governor before election

George Busbee
Democratic

Elected Governor

Joe Frank Harris
Democratic

Democratic nominationEdit

With 10 candidates running, Bo Ginn won the primary with 316,019 votes (35.11%) to 2nd place Joe Frank Harris and his 223,545 votes (24.84%), necessitating a runoff. In the runoff, Harris prevailed with 500,765 votes (54.97%) to Ginn's 410,259 votes (45.03%).[1][2]

Republican nominationEdit

Robert H. Bell won the primary with 36,347 votes (59.19%) over Benjamin B. Blackburn and his 25,063 votes (40.81%).[3]

General election resultsEdit

Though the Democrats once again won the election, Bell did win five counties (Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Fayette, Bulloch) and the GOP gained their most votes in an election since Howard Callaway in 1966.

Georgia gubernatorial Election 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Frank Harris 734,090 62.79%
Republican Robert H. Bell 434,496 37.17%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GA Governor - D Runoff". OurCampaigns.com.
  2. ^ "Congressman Loses Georgia Gubernatorial Runoff". The New York Times. September 1, 1982. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "GA Governor - R Primary". OurCampaigns.com.