United States gubernatorial elections, 1988

United States gubernatorial elections, 1988

United States Gubernatorial elections, 1988

November 8, 1988

Governorships of DE, IN, MO, MT, NH, NC, ND, RI, UT, VT, WA, WV, AS, PR
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 26 governorships 24 governorships
Seats before 27[1] 23
Seats after 28 22
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1

  Republican holds
  Republican pickups
  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups

The 1988 United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 8, 1988 in twelve U.S. states. Going into the elections, eight seats were held by Republicans, and four being held by Democrats. After the elections, the Democrats had a net gain of one seat. The elections coincided with the 1988 presidential election.

Election results

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
Delaware Michael N. Castle Republican Re-elected, 70.7% Jacob Kreshtool (Democratic) 29.3%
Indiana Robert D. Orr Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Evan Bayh (Democratic) 53.2%
John Mutz (Republican) 46.8%
Missouri John Ashcroft Republican Re-elected, 64.2% Betty Hearnes (Democratic) 34.8%
Mike Roberts (Libertarian) 1.0%
Montana Ted Schwinden Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Stan Stephens (Republican) 51.9%
Thomas Lee Judge (Democratic) 46.1%
New Hampshire John H. Sununu Republican Retired, Republican victory Judd Gregg (Republican) 60.4%
Paul McEachern (Democratic) 39.0%
North Carolina James G. Martin Republican Re-elected, 56.1% Robert B. Jordan, III (Democratic) 43.9%
North Dakota George Sinner Democratic Re-elected, 59.9% Leon L. Mallberg (Republican) 40.1%
Rhode Island Edward D. DiPrete Republican Re-elected, 50.8% Bruce Sundlun (Democratic) 49.2%
Utah Norman H. Bangerter Republican Re-elected, 40.1% Ted Wilson (Democratic) 38.4%
Merrill Cook (Independent) 21.1%
Kitty K. Burton (Libertarian) 0.3%
Arly H. Pedersen (Ind. American) 0.2%
Vermont Madeleine M. Kunin Democratic Re-elected, 55.3% Michael Bernhardt (Republican) 43.3%
Richard Gottlieb (Liberty Union) 1.2%
Washington Booth Gardner Democratic Re-elected, 62.2% Robert Williams (Republican) 37.8%
West Virginia Arch A. Moore, Jr. Republican Defeated, 41.1% Gaston Caperton (Democratic) 58.9%


  1. ^ Rose Mofford (D) succeeded Arizonan Governor Evan Mecham (R) following his Impeachment