1987 United States gubernatorial elections

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1987 United States gubernatorial elections

← 1986 October 24, 1987 (LA), November 3, 1987 (KY and MS) 1988 →

4 governorships
3 states; 1 territory
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 26 governorships 24 governorships
Seats before 26 24
Seats after 26 24
Seat change Steady Steady

1987 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Democratic holds

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 3, 1987 in three states and one territory. Democrats retained all three seats up for election although three new people were elected governor.

Election results[edit]

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
Kentucky Martha Layne Collins Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Wallace G. Wilkinson (Democratic) 64.5%
John Harper (Republican) 34.9%
Louisiana Edwin Edwards Democratic Advanced in primary (27.9%), withdrew from runoff Buddy Roemer (Democratic) 33.2%
Bob Livingston (Republican) 18.5%
Billy Tauzin (Democratic) 9.9%
Jim Brown (Democratic) 8.9%
Speedy O. Long (Democratic) 1.2%
Mississippi William Allain Democratic Retired, Democratic victory Ray Mabus (Democratic) 53.4%
Jack Reed (Republican) 46.6%