1982 Illinois gubernatorial election

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Illinois gubernatorial election, 1982

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Nominee James R. Thompson Adlai Stevenson III
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate George Ryan Grace Mary Stern
Popular vote 1,816,101 1,811,027
Percentage 49.4% 49.3%

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County results

Governor before election

James R. Thompson

Elected Governor

James R. Thompson

Gubernatorial elections were held in Illinois on November 2, 1982. Republican candidate James R. Thompson won a third term in office, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson III by a slim margin of about 5,000 votes.


Thompson managed to prevail by a narrow 5,074 vote margin. Thompson won a clear majority of Illinois's 102 counties, but Stevenson won Cook County home of Chicago. Cook County accounts for more than 25% of the states total population. Thompson was most likely able to win narrowly, because he performed well in the Collar (Suburban) counties of Chicago, including, Will, Lake, and DuPage counties. Immediately following the election Stevenson filed a motion with the Illinois Supreme Court for a state paid recount. But his motion for a recount was denied by the panel by just one vote. Shortly after the court's decision Stevenson conceded defeat, and called Thompson to congratulate him on his victory.

1982 gubernatorial election, Illinois[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican James R. Thompson (incumbent) 1,816,101 49.44
Democratic Adlai Stevenson III 1,811,027 49.30
Libertarian Bea Armstrong 24,417 0.66
Taxpayers John E. Roche 22,001 0.60
N/A write-ins 161 0.00 n-a
Majority 5,074 0.14
Turnout 3,673,707
Republican hold Swing


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