Texas gubernatorial election, 1994
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The 1994 Texas gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1994 to elect the Governor of Texas. Incumbent Democratic Governor Ann Richards was defeated in her bid for re-election by Republican nominee George W. Bush, the son of former President George H. W. Bush.
Although prior to the election year, Governor Ann Richards held a large approval rating as the state economy was strong into the mid-term election. George Bush's campaigning on cultural and religious issues resonated with many Texan voters and Governor Richard's lead over Bush significantly narrowed up to election day into a tossup.
On election day, Bush carried 188 of the state's 254 counties, while Richards carried 66. Exit polls revealed that Bush won overwhelmingly among white voters (69% to 31%) while Richards performed well among African Americans (83% to 15%) and Latinos (75% to 25%). The 1994 election marked the last time that a Democrat won more than 45% of the vote in a gubernatorial election and was the last election in which the Democrats won any statewide offices.
|Republican||George W. Bush||520,130||93.32%|
|Democratic||Ann Richards (Inc.)||806,607||77.79%|
|Source||Date||Bush (R)||Richards (D)|
|KPRC-TV||Nov. 4, 1994||48%||44%|
|Houston Post/KHOU-TV||Nov. 2, 1994||44%||47%|
|KPRC-TV||Oct. 23, 1994||47%||44%|
|Houston Post/KHOU-TV||Oct. 7, 1994||43%||41%|