1982 South Carolina gubernatorial election

1982 South Carolina gubernatorial election

November 2, 1982
 Portrait of SC Governor Dick Riley.jpgWilliam D. Workman in 1962 (cropped).jpg
NomineeRichard RileyW. D. Workman, Jr.
PartyDemocraticRepublican
Popular vote468,787202,806
Percentage69.8%30.2%

South Carolina Governor Election Results by County, 1982.svg
County results
Riley:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Richard Riley
Democratic

Elected Governor

Richard Riley
Democratic

The 1982 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1982 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. The state constitution was amended by the voters on November 4, 1980 to allow for the governor to serve a second consecutive four-year term. Governor Richard Riley, the popular Democratic incumbent, easily defeated Republican W. D. Workman, Jr. and became the first governor since Thomas Gordon McLeod in 1924 to be elected to a second consecutive term. As of 2021, this is also the last election that a Democrat has carried every county in South Carolina.

Democratic primary

Governor Richard Riley faced no opposition from South Carolina Democrats and avoided a primary election.

Republican primary

The South Carolina Republican Party held their primary for governor in the summer of 1982. The lack of a Democratic primary for Governor gave the Republicans an opportunity to increase interest in their party, but the popularity of Governor Richard Riley prevented many additional voters from participating in the primary. W. D. Workman, Jr. decisively defeated Roddy T. Martin and earned the right to face Riley in the general election.

Republican Primary
CandidateVotes%
W. D. Workman, Jr.17,12881.8
Roddy T. Martin3,81618.2

General election

The general election was held on November 2, 1982 and Richard Riley was elected as the next governor of South Carolina. Turnout decreased from the previous gubernatorial election because of the uncompetitive nature of the race. Riley won every County in the state.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1982
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticRichard Riley (incumbent) 468,787 69.8 +8.5
RepublicanW. D. Workman, Jr.202,80630.2-7.5
No partyWrite-Ins1840.0-0.1
Majority265,98139.6+16.0
Turnout671,77754.6-2.6
Democratic hold
1982 South Carolina gubernatorial election map, by percentile by county.
  65+% won by Riley
  60%-64% won by Riley
  50%-54% won by Riley

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Preceded by
1978
South Carolina gubernatorial electionsSucceeded by
1986

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)
William D. Workman in 1962 (cropped).jpg
Author/Creator: Photo scanned by South Carolina Political Collections at the University of South Carolina, Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0
William D. Workman speaking at a GOP event in 1962