1974 Nebraska gubernatorial election

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Nominee James Exon Richard D. Marvel Ernie Chambers (Write-in)
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Running mate Gerald T. Whelan Anne S. Batchelder
Popular vote 267,012 159,780 24,320
Percentage 59.2% 35.4% 5.4%

County results
Exon:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Marvel:      40-50%      50–60%

Governor before election

James Exon
Democratic

Elected Governor

James Exon
Democratic

The 1974 Nebraska gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 1974, and featured incumbent Governor James Exon, a Democrat, defeating Republican nominee, state Senator Richard D. Marvel. Independent state Senator Ernie Chambers also captured 5% of the vote as a write-in candidate. This was the first gubernatorial election in Nebraska in which the nominees for Governor and Lieutenant Governor ran as a single ticket, though were chosen in separate primary elections.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Exon (incumbent) 125,690 87.40
Democratic Richard D. Schmitz 17,889 12.44
Democratic Write-in 232 0.16

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard D. Marvel 139,783 99.49
Republican Write-in 720 0.51

General election

Results

Nebraska gubernatorial election, 1974[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Exon (incumbent) 267,012 59.16%
Republican Richard D. Marvel 159,780 35.40%
Write-in Ernie Chambers 24,320 5.39%
Write-in Others 194 0.04%
Total votes 451,306 100.0%

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