1986 Arizona gubernatorial election

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Nominee Evan Mecham Carolyn Warner Bill Schulz
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 343,913 298,986 224,085
Percentage 39.67% 34.49% 25.85%

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County results
Mecham:      30–40%      40–50%
Warner:      40–50%      60–70%

Governor before election

Bruce Babbitt

Elected Governor

Evan Mecham

The 1986 Arizona gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 1986, for the post of Governor of Arizona. Republican Evan Mecham, who defeated Burton Barr for the Republican nomination, defeated the Democratic nominee and State Superintendent Carolyn Warner and independent candidate Bill Schulz. However, Mecham did not complete his full term, as he was impeached and removed from office in 1988. This was the first gubernatorial election in which La Paz County participated after separating from Yuma County in between this election and the one just before it.

General election


Arizona gubernatorial election, 1986[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Evan Mecham 343,913 39.67% +7.20%
Democratic Carolyn Warner 298,986 34.49% -27.98%
Independent Bill Schulz 224,085 25.85%
Majority 44,927 5.18% -24.82%
Turnout 866,984
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2014-12-31.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)