Kunin: 40–50% 50–60%
|Elections in Vermont|
The 1986 Vermont gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 1986. Incumbent Democrat Madeleine Kunin ran successfully for re-election to a second term as Governor of Vermont, defeating Republican candidate Peter Plympton Smith and independent candidate Bernie Sanders. Since no candidate won a majority of the popular vote, Kunin was elected by the Vermont General Assembly per the state constitution.
|Democratic||Madeleine M. Kunin (inc.)||19,401||95.1|
|Republican||Peter Plympton Smith||24,837||96.8|
|Liberty Union||Richard F. Gottlieb||135||86.0|
|Liberty Union||Bernie Sanders (write-in)||16||10.2|
|Liberty Union||Write-ins (other)||6||3.8|
|Democratic||Madeleine M. Kunin (inc.)||92,485||47.0||-3.0|
|Republican||Peter Plympton Smith||75,239||38.2||-10.3|
|Liberty Union||Richard F. Gottlieb||491||0.2||-0.1|
After no candidate received a majority of the vote, the Vermont Legislature, consisting of 150 representatives and 30 senators, voted to decide the winner, per the state constitution.
|Democratic||Madeleine M. Kunin (inc.)||139||77.22|
|Republican||Peter Plympton Smith||39||21.66|