1966 Alaska gubernatorial election

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Nominee Wally Hickel William A. Egan
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 33,145 32,065
Percentage 50.0% 48.4%

Governor before election

William A. Egan

Elected Governor

Wally Hickel

The 1966 Alaska gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1966, for the post of Governor of Alaska. Republican challenger Wally Hickel narrowly defeated incumbent Democratic governor William A. Egan, falling just 3 votes short of an overall majority. Hickel had defeated former State House Speaker Bruce B. Kendall and former Territorial Governor Mike Stepovich for the Republican nomination, while Egan was challenged in the Democratic primary by former House Speaker Wendell P. Kay.


1966 Alaska gubernatorial election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Wally Hickel 33,145 49.99%
Democratic William A. Egan (inc.) 32,065 48.37%
Independent John Grasse 1,084 1.64%
Majority 1,080 1.63%
Turnout 66,294
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ "1966 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Alaska" (PDF). Alaska Division of Elections. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2009-08-31.