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1983 Mississippi gubernatorial election

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1983 Mississippi gubernatorial election
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Nominee William Allain Leon Bramlett
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 409,209 288,764
Percentage 55.10% 38.88%

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County Results

Allain:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%

Bramlett:      50-60%

Governor before election

William Winter

Elected Governor

William Allain

The 1983 Mississippi gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1983, in order to elect the Governor of Mississippi. Incumbent Democrat William Winter was term-limited, and could not run for reelection to a second term. As of 2021, this is the last time Hinds County voted for the Republican candidate.

Democratic primary

No candidate received a majority in the Democratic primary, so a runoff was held between the top two candidates. The runoff election was won by Attorney General William Allain, who defeated former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Gandy.


Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1983[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Evelyn Gandy 316,304 38.19
Democratic William Allain 293,348 35.42
Democratic Mike Sturdivant 172,526 20.83
Democratic Lonnie C. Johnson 32,861 3.97
Democratic Billy Davis 13,172 1.59
Total votes 828,211 100.00


Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial primary runoff, 1983[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Allain 405,348 52.42
Democratic Evelyn Gandy 367,953 47.58
Total votes 773,301 100.00

General election


In the campaign, the private detective Rex Armistead, formerly with the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, helped to spread rumors that Allain had sexual intercourse with two African-American male transvestites.[3][4][5] Allain denied the charges.[4] The transvestites went on the record with a lie detector but in 1984, after the election had been held, they claimed that they had never met Allain and had been paid for their testimony.[3][6] Bramlett lost the general election, 288,764 (38.9 percent) to Allain's 409,209 (55.1 percent). Charles Evers, the African American civil rights activist from Fayette, ran as an Independent and polled 30,593 (4.1 percent).[7] Carmichael ran in 1983 for lieutenant governor against the incumbent Democrat Brad Dye, who prevailed with 464,080 votes (64.3 percent) to Carmichael's 257,623 (35.7 percent). Bramlett hence outpolled Carmichael by just over 31,000 votes when both were on the ballot as ticket mates.[7]


Mississippi gubernatorial election, 1983[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William Allain 409,209 55.10
Republican Leon Bramlett 288,764 38.88
Independent Charles Evers 30,493 4.12
Independent Billie H. Taylor 7,869 1.06
Independent Henry McMullen Williams 6,302 0.85
Total votes 742,737 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ "MS Governor D Primary 1983". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "MS Governor D Primary Runoff 1983". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  3. ^ a b John Howard, Men Like That: A Southern Queer History, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1999, pp. 281–297
  4. ^ a b "Elections '83; A Winning Round", Time magazine
  5. ^ Warren Johansson, William A. Percy, Outing: Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence, Routledge, 1994, p. 156 [1]
  6. ^ "Transvestites withdraw allegations", Rock Hill Herald
  7. ^ a b "Leon Bramlett". Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "MS Governor 1983". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
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