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1978 Oklahoma gubernatorial election

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1978 Oklahoma gubernatorial election
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Nominee George Nigh Ron Shotts
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 402,240 367,055
Percentage 51.7% 47.2%

County results
Nigh:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Shotts:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

David L. Boren

Elected Governor

George Nigh

The 1978 Oklahoma gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978, to elect the governor of Oklahoma. Incumbent Republican Governor David L. Boren chose not to run for re-election to a second term in office. Instead Boren decided to run for the United States Senate. Former governor, and sitting lieutenant governor George Nigh was elected, defeating Republican nominee Ron Shotts.

Democratic primary

The primary elections took place on August 22, 1978.


  • Larry Derryberry
  • Bob Funston
  • George Nigh, lieutenant governor, and former governor of Oklahoma


Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Nigh 276,910 49.94
Democratic Larry Derryberry 208,055 37.52
Democratic Bob Funston 69,475 12.53
Total votes 554,440 100.00


The Runoff election took place on September 19, 1978.

Democratic runoff results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Nigh 269,681 57.64
Democratic Larry Derryberry 197,457 43.36
Total votes 467,138 100.00

Republican primary

The primary elections took place on August 22, 1978.



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Shotts 82,895 76.85
Republican Jerry L. Mash 18,145 12.19
Republican Jim Head 11,826 10.96
Total votes 107,866 100.00



  • Billy Joe Clegg
  • Jim McCuiston
  • Floyd Shealy

General election


1978 Oklahoma gubernatorial election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Nigh 402,240 51.74
Republican Ron Shotts 367,055 47.21
Independent Billy Joe Clegg 3,887 0.50
Independent Floyd Shealy 2,395 0.31
Independent Jim McCuiston 1,395 0.18
Total votes 777,414 100.0
Democratic hold

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Election Results and Statistics". Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
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