1980 Indiana gubernatorial election

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Nominee Robert D. Orr John A. Hillenbrand II
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,257,383 913,116
Percentage 57.7% 41.9%

County results
Orr:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Hillenbrand:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Otis Bowen
Republican

Elected Governor

Robert D. Orr
Republican

The 1980 Indiana gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1980 in all 92 counties in the state of Indiana. Otis Bowen, the state's incumbent governor was ineligible for a third consecutive term due to term limits set forth in the Indiana Constitution. Robert D. Orr, the state's incumbent Republican lieutenant governor, was elected to his first term, defeating John A. Hillenbrand II, and a minor party challenger.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Announced

Declined

Two candidates emerged to contest the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1980. These were John A. Hillenbrand, a businessman from Batesville, Indiana, and Wayne Townsend, who had previously served three terms in the Indiana State Senate.[2][3] Hillenbrand defeated Townsend by a relatively narrow margin of 26,403 votes, or less than five percent of all votes cast. Townsend would go on to win the Democratic nomination for governor in 1984.

Results

Indiana Democratic primary election, 1980[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John A. Hillenbrand II 284,182 52.44
Democratic Wayne Townsend 257,779 47.56

General election

Indiana gubernatorial election, 1980[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert D. Orr 1,257,383 57.72% +0.87
Democratic John A. Hillenbrand II 913,116 41.92% -0.71
American Cletis Artist 7,904 0.36% -0.09
Majority 344,267
Republican hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "'I could have won' but won't run: Fithian". Journal and Courier. 18 May 1979. p. 3. Archived from the original on 24 December 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Stocks".
  3. ^ "WAYNE TOWNSEND Obituary (2015) Fort Wayne Newspapers".
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - IN Governor- D Primary Race - May 06, 1980".
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - IN Governor Race - Nov 04, 1980".