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1978 Michigan gubernatorial election

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1978 Michigan gubernatorial election

← 1974 November 2, 1978 1982 →
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Nominee William Milliken William B. Fitzgerald Jr.
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,628,485 1,237,256
Percentage 56.8% 43.1%

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County results
Milliken:      50–60%      60–70%      70-80%
Fitzgerald:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

William Milliken

Elected Governor

William Milliken

The 1978 Michigan gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Republican William Milliken was elected to a third term as Michigan Governor.

As of 2021, this remains the last election in which the Republican candidate for Governor carried Wayne County.


Michigan gubernatorial election, 1978[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Milliken (incumbent) 1,628,485 56.80
Democratic William B. Fitzgerald Jr. 1,237,256 43.15
Write-ins 1,471 0.05
Majority 2,867,212
Republican hold

Primary elections

The primary elections occurred on August 8, 1978.[2]

Democratic primary

Michigan gubernatorial Democratic primary, 1978[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William B. Fitzgerald Jr. 240,641 39.79
Democratic Zolton Ferency 151,062 24.98
Democratic Patrick McCollough 108,742 17.98
Democratic William Ralls 104,364 17.25
Democratic Write-ins 52 0.01
Total votes 604,861 100.00

Republican primary

Michigan gubernatorial Republican primary, 1978[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Milliken 393,010 99.98
Republican Write-ins 89 0.02
Total votes 393,099 100.00


  1. ^ Parker, Randy (June 6, 2010). "Our Campaigns: MI Governor". Our Campaigns.
  2. ^ a b c Michigan (1981). Michigan manual. 1979/1980 – via HathiTrust.

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