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South Dakota gubernatorial election, 1994

South Dakota Gubernatorial, 1994

November 8, 1994

Nominee Bill Janklow Jim Beddow
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Carole Hillard James W. Abbott
Popular vote 172,515 126,273
Percentage 55.36% 40.52%

Governor before election

Walter Dale Miller

Elected Governor

Bill Janklow

The 1994 South Dakota gubernatorial election took place on November 8, 1994 to elect a Governor of South Dakota. Republican former Governor Bill Janklow was elected, defeating Democratic nominee Jim Beddow.


  • Republican primary 1
    • Candidates 1.1
    • Results 1.2
  • Democratic primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
    • Results 2.2
  • Third parties 3
    • Candidates 3.1
  • General election 4
    • Results 4.1
  • References 5

Republican primary



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Janklow 57,221 53.99
Republican Walter D. Miller 48,754 46.01
Total votes 105,975 100.00

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Beddow 29,082 55.45
Democratic Carrol V. Allen 12,184 23.23
Democratic Jim Burg 11,181 21.32
Total votes 52,447 100.00

Third parties


General election


South Dakota gubernatorial election, 1994[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Janklow 172,515 55.36% -3.54%
Democratic Jim Beddow 126,273 40.52% -0.59%
Libertarian Nathan A. Barton 12,825 4.12% +4.12%
Majority 46,242 14.84% -2.95%
Turnout 311,613
Republican hold Swing


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