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2000 Missouri gubernatorial election

The Missouri gubernatorial election of 2000 was Missouri's 50th gubernatorial election. The election was held on November 7, 2000 and resulted in a narrow victory for the Democratic nominee, State Treasurer of Missouri Bob Holden, over the Republican candidate, U.S. Representative Jim Talent, and several other candidates.

Missouri gubernatorial election, 2000

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  Bob Holden rep.jpg Jim Talent official photo.jpg
Nominee Bob Holden Jim Talent
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,152,752 1,131,307
Percentage 49.1% 48.2%

Missouri Governor Election Results by County, 2000.svg
County Results

Holden:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Talent:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Roger B. Wilson

Elected Governor

Bob Holden

This is the only time since 1972 that the winner of the Missouri gubernatorial election did not come from the same party as the winner of the presidential election held simultaneously (although Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore did win the popular vote; it would not be until the 2016 gubernatorial election that Missouri elected a governor from the party whose presidential nominee lost the national popular vote).


This gubernatorial election was one of the closet in Missouri history. Bob Holden did well, as expected in St. Louis and Kansas City. Talent easily won most rural parts of the state. Holden did poorly in the St. Louis and Kansas City suburbs. However Holden's wins in the Democratic strongholds of St. Louis and Kansas City proved to be just enough to push him over the finish line. Because the election was decided by less than 1% Talent could have requested a recount that his campaign would have to pay for since it was not below half a percent. It was clear though that Holden had won. Most recounts never see a swing of more than a 1,000 votes. Talent was trailing 21,445. Talent eventually waived his right for a recount and conceded defeat on the late evening of November 14. This remains as one of the closest gubernatorial elections Missouri has ever seen.

2000 gubernatorial election, Missouri[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bob Holden 1,152,752 49.12 -8.05
Republican Jim Talent 1,131,307 48.21 +7.78
Independent Larry Rice 34,431 1.47
Libertarian John M. Swenson 11,274 0.48 -1.92
Green Lavoy (Zaki Baruti) Reed 9,008 0.38 +0.38
Reform Richard Kline 4,916 0.21 +0.21
Constitution Richard L. Smith 3,142 0.13 +0.13
Majority 21,445 0.91 -15.82
Turnout 2,346,830 41.94 +0.07
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ "MO Governor Race - Nov 07, 2000". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  2. ^ "Official Election Returns - November 7, 2000 General Election". Retrieved 2013-02-11.