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Hawaii gubernatorial election, 1986
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Nominee John D. Waihee III D. G. Anderson
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Ben Cayetano John Henry Felix
Popular vote 173,655 160,460
Percentage 52.0% 48.0%

Hawaii Election Results by County, all Democratic.svg
County results

Governor before election

George Ariyoshi

Elected Governor

John D. Waihee III

The 1986 Hawaii gubernatorial election was Hawaii's eighth gubernatorial election. The election was held on November 4, 1986, and resulted in a victory for the Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. John D. Waihee III over the Republican candidate, State Senator D. G. Anderson.[1] Waihee received more votes than Anderson in every county in the state.[2]

This was Anderson's second loss for the position of governor, having previously lost the 1982 election.


Primary elections were held on September 20, 1986.

Democratic Primary[edit]

Candidates and primary votes:[3]

Republican Primary[edit]

Candidates and primary votes:[4]

General election[edit]

Hawaii gubernatorial election, 1986[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John D. Waihee III 173,655 51.98 +6.75
Republican D. G. Anderson 160,460 48.02 +21.88
Majority 13,195 3.95 -12.64
Turnout 334,115 34.63 +2.30
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ "Candidate – D.G. "Andy" Anderson". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b "HI Governor Race – Nov 04, 1986". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  3. ^ "HI Governor - D Primary Race - Sep 20, 1986". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  4. ^ "HI Governor - R Primary Race - Sep 20, 1986". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 


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