1990 Maine gubernatorial election

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Nominee John McKernan Joseph Brennan Andrew Adam
Party Republican Democratic Independent
Popular vote 243,766 230,038 48,377
Percentage 46.7% 44.1% 9.3%

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County Results

McKernan:      40–50%      50–60%

Brennan:      40-50%

Governor before election

John McKernan
Republican

Elected Governor

John McKernan
Republican

The 1990 Maine gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1990. Incumbent Republican Governor John McKernan defeated Democratic Party challenger (and former governor) Joseph E. Brennan in a tight contest. Independent Andrew Adam took in 9.3% of the vote. As of 2020, this is the last Maine gubernatorial election in which the winner was of the same party as the incumbent president.

General election

Candidates

Results

1990 Maine gubernatorial election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John R. McKernan (incumbent) 243,766 46.68% -
Democratic Joseph E. Brennan 230,038 44.05% -
Independent Andrew Adam 48,377 9.27% -
Plurality 13,728 2.63%
Turnout 522,181
Republican hold Swing