1974 Alaska gubernatorial election

The 1974 Alaska gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1974, for the post of Governor of Alaska. Republican challenger and mayor of Bristol Bay Borough Jay Hammond narrowly beat Democratic incumbent Bill Egan in a close race that was forced into a recount to verify the results. The formation of the new Alaskan Independence Party was considered to have a large impact on the race.

1974 Alaska gubernatorial election

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  Jay Hammond 1975.jpg William A. Egan.jpg Joe Vogler.jpg
Nominee Jay Hammond Bill Egan Joe Vogler
Party Republican Democratic Alaskan Independence
Running mate Lowell Thomas Jr. Red Boucher Wayne Peppler
Popular vote 45,840 45,553 4,770
Percentage 47.7% 47.4% 5.0%

Governor before election

Bill Egan

Elected Governor

Jay Hammond


1974 gubernatorial election, Alaska[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jay Hammond 45,840 47.67%
Democratic Bill Egan (inc.) 45,553 47.37%
Alaskan Independence Joe Vogler 4,770 4.96%
Majority 287 0.30%
Turnout 96,163
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ "1974 Gubernatorial General Election Results – Alaska" (PDF). Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved 2009-08-31.