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1978 Ohio gubernatorial election

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1978 Ohio gubernatorial election

← 1974 November 7, 1978 1982 →
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Nominee Jim Rhodes Dick Celeste
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate George Voinovich Michael J. Dorrian
Popular vote 1,402,167 1,354,631
Percentage 49.31% 47.64%

Ohio Governor Election Results by County, 1978.svg
County Results

Rhodes:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Celeste:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Jim Rhodes

Elected Governor

Jim Rhodes

The 1978 Ohio gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978. Incumbent Republican Jim Rhodes defeated Democratic nominee Dick Celeste with 49.31% of the vote.

Primary elections

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

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dick Celeste 491,524 84.80
Democratic Dale R. Reusch 88,134 15.20
Total votes 579,658 100.00

Republican primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Rhodes 393,632 67.73
Republican Charles Kurfess 187,544 32.27
Total votes 581,176 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • Jim Rhodes, Republican
  • Dick Celeste, Democratic

Other candidates

  • Patricia Wright, Independent
  • John O'Neill, Independent
  • Allan Friedman, Independent


1978 Ohio gubernatorial election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Rhodes 1,402,167 49.31% +0.69%
Democratic Dick Celeste 1,354,631 47.64% -0.61%
Independent Patricia Wright 35,164 1.24% N/A
Independent John O'Neill 29,413 1.03% N/A
Independent Allan Friedman 21,951 0.77% N/A
Majority 47,536
Turnout 2,843,326
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ a b "Democratic Primary: June 6, 1978". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  2. ^ "Republican Primary: June 6, 1978". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  3. ^ "General Election Overview: November 7, 1978". Retrieved 2018-10-08.
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