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Hawaii gubernatorial election, 1978

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Nominee George Ariyoshi John R. Leopold
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Jean King Virginia Isbell
Popular vote 153,394 124,610
Percentage 54.5% 44.3%

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County results

Governor before election

George Ariyoshi

Elected Governor

George Ariyoshi

The 1978 Hawaii gubernatorial election was Hawaii's sixth gubernatorial election. The election was held on November 7, 1978, and resulted in a victory for the Democratic candidate, Governor George Ariyoshi over Republican candidate, State Senator John R. Leopold[1] and three other candidates. Ariyoshi received more votes than any other candidate in every county in the state.[2]


Primary elections were held on October 7, 1978.

Democratic Primary[edit]

Candidates and primary votes:[3]

Republican Primary[edit]

Candidates and primary votes:[4]

Nonpartisan Primary[edit]

Candidates and primary votes:[5]

General election[edit]

Hawaii gubernatorial election, 1978[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic George Ariyoshi (incumbent) 153,394 54.48 -0.10
Republican John R. Leopold 124,610 44.25 -1.17
Nonpartisan Alema Leota 1,982 0.70 +0.70
Libertarian Gregory Reeser 1,059 0.38 +0.38
Aloha Democratic John Moore 542 0.19 +0.19
Majority 28,784 10.22 +1.06
Turnout 281,587 36.57 +4.14
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ "Candidate – John R. Leopold". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b "HI Governor Race – Nov 07, 1978". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  3. ^ "HI Governor - D Primary Race - Oct 07, 1978". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  4. ^ "HI Governor - R Primary Race - Oct 07, 1978". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  5. ^ "HI Governor - NP Primary Race - Oct 07, 1978". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 


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