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1978 Iowa gubernatorial election

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1978 Iowa gubernatorial election

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Nominee Robert D. Ray Jerome D. Fitzgerald
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 491,713 345,519
Percentage 58.32% 40.98%

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County Results

Ray:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Fitzgerald:      50–60%

Governor before election

Robert D. Ray

Elected Governor

Robert D. Ray

The 1978 Iowa gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Republican Robert D. Ray defeated Democratic nominee Jerome D. Fitzgerald with 58.32% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on June 6, 1978.[1]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerome D. Fitzgerald 58,039 55.48
Democratic Tom Whitney 37,132 35.49
Democratic Warren D. Strait 9,443 9.03
Total votes 104,614 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert D. Ray 136,517 87.51
Republican Donovan D. Nelson 19,486 12.49
Total votes 156,003 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • Robert D. Ray, Republican
  • Jerome D. Fitzgerald, Democratic

Other candidates

  • John Ball, Libertarian
  • Joseph Grant, Socialist


1978 Iowa gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert D. Ray 491,713 58.32%
Democratic Jerome D. Fitzgerald 345,519 40.98%
Libertarian John Ball 3,947 0.47%
Socialist Joseph Grant 1,935 0.23%
Majority 146,194
Turnout 843,190
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ a b c "Summary of Official Canvass of Votes Cast in Iowa Primary Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of Iowa. 1978. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Summary of Official Canvass of Votes Cast in Iowa General Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of Iowa. 1978. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
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