New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1977

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New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1977

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Nominee Brendan Byrne Raymond Bateman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,184,564 888,880
Percentage 55.7% 41.8%

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Results by county
  Byrne 60–70%
  Byrne 50–60%
  Byrne <50%
  Bateman 50–60%

Governor before election

Brendan Byrne
Democratic

Elected Governor

Brendan Byrne
Democratic

The 1977 New Jersey gubernatorial election was held on November 8, 1977. Incumbent Democrat Brendan Byrne defeated Republican nominee Raymond Bateman with 55.71% of the vote. As of 2017, Byrne is New Jersey's last Democratic governor to win re-election.[1]

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on June 7, 1977.[2]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brendan Byrne 175,448 30.30
Democratic Robert A. Roe 134,116 23.16
Democratic Ralph DeRose 99,948 17.26
Democratic James Florio 87,743 15.15
Democratic Joseph A. Hoffman 58,835 10.16
Democratic Raymond Garramone 6,602 1.14
Democratic A. Howard Freund 6,205 1.07
Democratic Paul T. Jordan 2,996 0.52
Democratic Emery J. Zold 2,934 0.51
Democratic George Koukos 2,889 0.50
Democratic Melvin M. Whaley 1,282 0.22
Total votes 578,998 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Party primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Raymond Bateman 196,592 54.70
Republican Thomas Kean 129,982 36.17
Republican C. Robert Sarcone 20,961 5.81
Republican William A. Angus Jr. 11,954 3.33
Total votes 359,389 100.00

General election

Candidates

Major party candidates

  • Brendan Byrne, Democratic
  • Raymond Bateman, Republican

Other candidates

  • Francis W. Flowers, Declare Your Independence
  • Chester Grabowski, Independents for All
  • Frank J. Primich, Libertarian
  • Chauncey E. McSpiritt, Cheap, Chauncey, Upstart
  • Paul B. Rizzo, Independent
  • Richard D. McAleer, Anti-Income Tax
  • John F. Donato, Axe The Tax
  • Angelo S. Massaro, People's Choice
  • William Zsidisin, One For All
  • Jules Levin, Socialist Labor Party of America
  • Jasper C. Gould, Independent
  • Leif O. Johnson, Labor
  • Robert Ganteaume, Grass Roots
  • Bill Gahres, Right to Die

Results

New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1977[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Brendan Byrne 1,184,564 55.71%
Republican Raymond Bateman 888,880 41.81%
Independent Francis W. Flowers 8,677 0.41%
Independent Chester Grabowski 8,494 0.40%
Libertarian Frank J. Primich 5,674 0.27%
Independent Chauncey E. McSpiritt 4,464 0.21%
Independent Paul B. Rizzo 3,691 0.17%
Independent Richard D. McAleer 3,688 0.17%
Independent John F. Donato 3,189 0.15%
Independent Angelo S. Massaro 3,031 0.14%
Independent William Zsidisin 2,974 0.14%
Socialist Labor Julius Levin 2,276 0.11%
Independent Jasper C. Gould 2,248 0.11%
Independent Leif O. Johnson 1,601 0.08%
Independent Robert Ganteaume 1,480 %
Independent Bill Gahres 1,333 %
Majority
Turnout
Democratic hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "One-Term and Done: The Curse that the Next Dem Governor Would Face". Insider NJ. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Candidates for the Office of Governor - State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1977. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Votes Cast for the Office of Governor of the State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1977. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
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