North Carolina gubernatorial election, 1988

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North Carolina gubernatorial election, 1988

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  James G. Martin (cropped).jpg Robert B. Jordan (cropped).jpg
Nominee James G. Martin Robert B. Jordan III
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,222,258 997,408
Percentage 55.06% 44.94%

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County Results

Governor before election

James Martin

Elected Governor

James Martin

The North Carolina gubernatorial election of 1988 was held on November 8, 1988. Popular Incumbent Governor James G. Martin ran and was re-elected by a comfortable margin over Democratic Challenger former Lieutenant Governor Robert B. Jordan III. Martin also made history by becoming the first Republican to be re-elected in North Carolina.

Primary election results

1988 NC Governor Democratic Primary Election Results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert B. Jordan 404,620 79.20%
Democratic Billy Martin 60,770 11.97%
Democratic Carrol W. Crawford 21,884 4.30%
Democratic James Lloyd 10,438 2.06%
Democratic Bruce A. Friedman 9,876 1.95%

General election results

1988 NC Governor Election Results[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican James G. Martin 1,222,258 55.06%
Democratic Robert B. Jordan 997,408 44.94% -0.47%
Turnout 2,219,66 100%


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  2. ^ "Atlas Forum Index". Atlas Forum. July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-23.

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