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Following are the results of elections of governors since 1974. Party primaries as well as general elections are included whenever possible although Republican totals are not available for some early primaries.

The official canvass from the Legislature, the Archives Section of the Texas State Library, and the Texas Secretary of State annual reports are used when available. Otherwise, reports from various editions of the Texas Almanac are used.

Party designations abbreviated are: Dem., Democratic; Rep., Republican; Lib., Libertarian; Ind., Independent; W-I, write-in.

Since 1974, Texas governors serve four-year terms. That followed the 1972 amendment of the state contitution changing the term from two years.

2014

Republican Primary

Gregg Abbott 1,222,596 91.48 %
Lisa Fritsch 59,172 4.42 %
Miriam Martinez 35,567 2.66 %
Secede Kilgore 19,039 1.42 %
Total vote 1,336,374  

Democratic Primary

Wendy Davis 432,595 78.08 %
Reynaldo "Ray" Madrigal 121,419 21.91 %
Total vote 554,014  

General Election

Gregg Abbott Rep. 2,796,547 59.15 %
Wendy Davis Dem. 1,835,596 38.83 %
Kathie Glass Lib. 75,488 1.59 %
Brandon Parmer Green 18.490 0.39 %
Sarah M. Pavitt W-I 1,060 0.02 %
Total vote   4,727,181  

2010

Republican Primary

Rick Perry  759,296  51.15 %
Kay Bailey Hutchison 450,087 30.32 %
Debra Medina 275,159 18.53 %
Total vote 1,484,542  

Democratic Primary

Bill White 517,487 76.04 %
Farouk Shami 87,411 12.84 %
Felix Rodriguez Alvarado 33,714 4.95 %
Alma Ludivina Aguado 19,273 2.83 %
Clement E. Glenn 9,836 1.45 %
Bill Dear 6,551 0.96 %
Star Locke 6,276 0.92 %
Total vote 680,548  

 General Election

Rick Perry Rep. 2,737,481 54.97 %
Bill White Dem. 2,106,395 42.30 %
Kathie Glass Lib. 109,211 2.19 %
Deb Shafto Green 19,516 0.39 %
Andy Barron W-I 7,267 0.15 %
Total vote   4,979,870  

2006

Republican Primary

Rick Perry 552,545 84.24 %
Larry Kilgore 50,119 7.64 %
Rhett R. Smith 30,225 4.61 %
Star Locke 23,030 3.51 %
Total vote 655,919  

Democratic Primary

Chris Bell 324,869 63.87 %
Bob Gammage 145,081 28.53 %
Rashad Jafer 38,652 7.60 %
Total vote 508,602  

General Election

Rick Perry Rep. 1,716,792 39.03 %
Chris Bell Dem. 1,310,337 29.79 %
Carole Keeton Strayhorn Ind. 796,851 18.11 %
Richard "Kinky" Friedman Ind. 547,674 12.45 %
James Werner Lib. 26,749 0.61 %
James "Patriot" Dillon W-I 713 0.02 %
Total vote   4,399,116  

2002

Republican Primary

Rick Perry (unopposed) 620,463 100.00%
Total vote 620,463  

Democratic Primary

Tony Sanchez 609,383 60.73 %
Dan Morales 330,873 32.98 %
Bill Lyon 43,011 4.29 %
John Worldpeace 20,121 2.01 %
Total vote 1,003,388  

General Election

Rick Perry Rep. 2,632,591 57.81 %
Tony Sanchez Dem. 1,819,798 39.96 %
Jeff Daiell Lib. 66,720 1.47 %
Rahul Mahajan Green 32,187 0.71 %
Elaine Eure Henderson W-I 1,715 0.04 %
Earl W. "Bill" O'Neil W-I 976 0.02 %
Total vote   4,553,987  

1998

Republican Primary

George W. Bush 576,528 96.60 %
R.C. Crawford 20,311 3.40 %
Total vote 596,839  

Democratic Primary

Garry Mauro (unopposed) 492,419 100.00 %
Total vote 492,419  

 General Election

George W. Bush Rep. 2,550,821 68.24 %
Garry Mauro Dem. 1,165,592 31.18 %
Lester R. Turlington Jr. Lib. 20,711 0.55 %
Susan Lee Solar W-I 954 0.03 %
    3,738,078  

 1994

Republican Primary

George W. Bush 520,130 93.32 %
Ray Hollis 37,210 6.68 %
Total vote 557,340  

Democratic Primary

Ann W. Richards 806,597 77.79 %
Gary Espinosa 230,310 22.21 %
  1,036,907  

General Election

George W. Bush Rep. 2,350,994 53.48 %
Ann W. Richards Dem. 2,016,928 45.88 %
Keary Ehlers Lib. 28,320 0.64 %
Total vote   4,396,242  

 1990

Republican Primary

Clayton Williams 520,014 60.80 %
Kent Hance 132,142 15.45 %
Tom Luce 115,835 13.54 %
Jack Rains 82,461 9.64 %
W.N. Otwell 2,310 0.27 %
Royce X. Owens 1,392 0.16 %
Ed Cude 1,077 0.13 %
Total vote 855,231  

 Democratic Primary

Ann W. Richards 580,191 39.01 %
Jim Mattox 546,103 36.72 %
Mark White 288,161 19.38 %
Theresa Hearn-Haynes 31,395 2.11 %
Earl Holmes 17,904 1.20 %
Stanley Adams 16,118 1.08 %
Ray Rachal 9,388 0.63 %
Total vote 1,487,280  

Democratic Runoff

Ann W. Richards 640,995 57.09 %
Jim Mattox 481,739 42.91 %
Total vote 1,122,734  

General Election

Ann W. Richards Dem. 1,925,670 49.47 %
Clayton Williams Rep. 1,826,431 46.92 %
Jeff Daiell Lib. 129,128 3.32 %
Others   11,517  
Total vote   3,892,746  

 1986

Republican Primary

William P. Clements Jr. 318,808 58.53 %
Tom Loeffler 117,673 21.60 %
Kent Hance 108,238 19.87 %
Total vote 544,719  

Democratic Primary

Mark White 589,536 53.76 %
Andrew C. Briscoe III 248,850 22.69 %
A. Don Crowder 120,999 11.03 %
Bobby Locke 58,936 5.37 %
Sheila Bilyeu 39,370 3.59 %
Ron Slover 38,861 3.54 %
Total vote 1,096,552  

General Election

William P. Clements Jr. Rep. 1,813,779 52.70 %
Mark White Dem. 1,584,515 46.04 %
Theresa Doyle Lib. 42,496 1.23 %
Others   670  
Total vote   3,441,460  

1982

Republican Primary

William P. Clements Jr. 246,120 92.58 %
Duke Embs 19,731 7.42 %
Total vote 265,851  

Democratic Primary

Mark White 592,658 44.94 %
Buddy Temple 402,693 30.54 %
Bob Armstrong 262,189 19.88 %
David L. Young 25,386 1.93 %
Ray Allen Mayo 20,088 1.52 %
Donald R. Beagle 15,649 1.19 %
Total vote 1,318,663  

(White was declared winner of the race after Temple declined to participate in a runoff.)

General Election

Mark White Dem. 1,697,870 53.21 %
William P. Clements Jr. Rep. 1,465,937 45.94 %
David Hutzelman Lib. 19,143 0.60 %
Bob Poteet Constitution 8,065 0.25 %
Others   76  
Total vote   3,191,091  

1978

Republican Primary

William P. Clements Jr. 115,345 72.82 %
Ray Hutchison 38,268 24.16 %
Clarence Thompson 4,790 3.02 %
Total vote 158,403  

 Democratic Primary

John Hill 932,345 51.43 %
Dolph Briscoe 753,309 41.55 %
Preston Smith 92,202 5.09 %
Ray Allen Mayo 20,249 1.12 %
Donald R. Beagle 14,791 0.82 %
Total vote 1,812,896  

General Election

William P. Clements Jr. Rep. 1,183,828 49.96 %
John Hill Dem. 1,166,919 49.24 %
Mario C. Compean La Raza Unida 14,213 0.60 %
Sara Jean Johnston Socialist Workers 4,624 0.20 %
Others   115  
Total vote   2,369,699  

 1974

Republican Primary

Jim Granberry 53,617 77.59 %
Odell McBrayer 15,484 22.41 %
Total vote 69,101  

Democratic Primary

Dolph Briscoe 1,025,632 67.42 %
Frances Farenthold 437,287 28.74 %
W.H. Posey 31,498 2.07 %
Steve S. Alexander 26,889 1.77 %
Total vote 1,521,306  

General Election

Dolph Briscoe Dem. 1,016,334 61.41 %
Jim Granberry Rep. 514,725 31.10 %
Ramsey Muniz La Raza Unida 93,294 5.64 %
S.W. McDonnell American 22,208 1.34 %
Sherry Smith Socialist Workers 8,171 0.49 %
Others   251  
Total vote   1,654,984