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Turnout in State Gubernatorial Primary Elections, 1950-1982

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Dataset : aggregate data
  • Jewell, Malcolm
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
African Americans; gubernatorial elections; political history; political parties; primaries; racial discrimination; social history; state elections; vote count; voter turnout
  • Abstract

    This collection consists of voting turnout statistics for every contested gubernatorial primary election in 47 states from 1950 through 1982. Information is also included for states holding elections for four-year gubernatorial terms during 1946 and 1948. Data are not available for Delaware, Indiana, and New York, since primaries had not been adopted yet in these states. Information is provided on the number of candidates in each primary, total vote for the winner, and total vote in the party primary. In addition to raw vote totals, several derived variables are also included. A "normal" Democratic and Republican vote statistic, based on the average number of votes cast for the party's candidates for governor, United States senator, and United States congressman, is calculated for each year in each state as a means of comparing the total party primary vote with its vote in the general election. Furthermore, the study includes an adjusted voting age estimate for 11 southern states. That estimate is a ratio of the total number of Blacks of voting age to the total number of Black registered voters and is designed to control for the impact of discrimination on voter turnout prior to 1970.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Sampled Universe
The universe consists of all contested gubernatorial primary elections from 1950-1982 for 47 states, excluding Delaware, Indiana, and New York. It also includes contested gubernatorial primaries in 1946 and 1948 for states that had four-year gubernatorial elections during 1946-1982. Smallest Geographic Unit: United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) Despite the 1950-1982 date range in the title of this study, data for 1946 and 1948 are also present. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-8195701).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8390 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08390.v1
  • Jewell, Malcolm E., Morehouse, Sarah M.. What Are Party Endorsements Worth? A Study of Preprimary Gubernatorial Endorsements. American Politics Quarterly.24, (3), 338-362.1996.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X9602400303 (DOI)
  • King, Gary. Constituency Service and Incumbency Advantage. British Journal of Political Science.21, (1), 119-128.1991.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0007123400006062 (DOI)
  • Lowery, David. The Distribution of Tax Burdens in the American State: The Determinants of Fiscal Incidence. Western Political Quarterly.40, (1), 137-158.1987.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Jewell, Malcolm E.. Northern State Gubernatorial Primary Elections: Explaining Voting Turnout. American Politics Quarterly.12, (1), 101-116.1984.
    • ID: 10.1177/1532673X8401200106 (DOI)
  • Jewell, Malcolm E.. Voting Turnout in State Gubernatorial Elections. Western Political Quarterly.30, (2), 236-254.1977.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Jewell, Malcolm (1985): Turnout in State Gubernatorial Primary Elections, 1950-1982. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.