1978 South Carolina gubernatorial election

1978 South Carolina gubernatorial election

November 7, 1978
 Portrait of SC Governor Dick Riley.jpgEdward Lunn Young.jpg
NomineeRichard RileyEdward Lunn Young
PartyDemocraticRepublican
Popular vote384,898236,946
Percentage61.3%37.7%

South Carolina Governor Election Results by County, 1978.svg
County results
Riley:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Young:      50-60%

Governor before election

James B. Edwards
Republican

Elected Governor

Richard Riley
Democratic

The 1978 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. Richard Riley, the Democratic nominee, defeated Republican Edward Lunn Young and became the 111th governor of South Carolina.

Democratic primary

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary for governor on June 13, featuring three high tier candidates. Richard Riley, a former member of the General Assembly, emerged as the winner of the runoff election over Lieutenant Governor W. Brantley Harvey, Jr. on June 27.

Democratic Primary
CandidateVotes%
W. Brantley Harvey, Jr.142,78537.5
Richard Riley125,18432.9
William Jennings Bryan Dorn112,79329.6
Democratic Primary Runoff
CandidateVotes%±%
Richard Riley180,88253.3+20.4
W. Brantley Harvey, Jr.158,65546.7+9.2

Republican primary

The South Carolina Republican Party held their primary for governor on June 13. The race between Edward Lunn Young and Raymon Finch drew little interest compared to the Democratic primary and turnout for the Republican was less than that of 1974. Young defeated Finch in a close contest and earned the right to face Riley in the general election.

Republican Primary
CandidateVotes%
Edward Lunn Young12,14351.4
Raymon Finch11,50148.6

General election

The general election was held on November 7, 1978 and Richard Riley was elected as the next governor of South Carolina. Turnout was higher than the previous gubernatorial election because of the increasingly competitive nature of the race between the two parties.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1978
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticRichard Riley 384,898 61.3 +14.3
RepublicanEdward Lunn Young236,94637.7-12.6
IndependentJudy Reynolds5,3380.9-0.7
No partyWrite-Ins7310.1-1.0
Majority147,95223.6+20.3
Turnout627,91357.2+4.2
Democratic gain from Republican
1978 South Carolina gubernatorial election map, by percentile by county.
  65+% won by Riley
  60%-64% won by Riley
  55%-59% won by Riley
  50%-54% won by Riley
  50%-54% won by Young

See also

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Preceded by
1974
South Carolina gubernatorial electionsSucceeded by
1982


Media files used on this page

Portrait of SC Governor Dick Riley.jpg
Author/Creator: Photo scanned by South Carolina Political Collections at the University of South Carolina, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
A portrait of South Carolina Governor Dick Riley (1979-1987)
Edward Lunn Young.jpg
Edward Lunn Young, U.S. Representative from South Carolina