1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Allen I. Olson Arthur A. Link
Party Republican Democratic–NPL
Running mate Ernest Sands Wayne Sanstead
Popular vote 162,230 140,391
Percentage 53.61% 46.39%

1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results

Olson:      50–60%      60–70%

Link:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Arthur A. Link
Democratic–NPL

Elected Governor

Allen I. Olson
Republican

The 1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1980. Republican nominee Allen I. Olson defeated Democratic-NPL incumbent Arthur A. Link with 53.61% of the vote.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on September 2, 1980.[1]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic–NPL Arthur A. Link (inc.) 41,751 100.00
Total votes 41,751 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allen I. Olson 60,016 75.66
Republican Orville W. Hagen 19,306 24.34
Total votes 79,322 100.00

General election

Candidates

Results

1980 North Dakota gubernatorial election[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allen I. Olson 162,230 53.61%
Democratic–NPL Arthur A. Link (inc.) 140,391 46.39%
Total votes 302,621 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic–NPL

References

  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1980. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "General Election" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. 1980. Retrieved November 3, 2018.