Governors Who Ran For President

Name the governors who have run for president since 1968, and who received more than 3% of the primary or general election vote.
Parties: Democratic, Republican, Independent
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Last updated: August 30, 2018
First submittedOctober 27, 2010
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Year
State
Governor
2016
Ohio
John Kasich
2012
Massachusetts
Mitt Romney
2008
Arkansas
Mike Huckabee
2008
Massachusetts
Mitt Romney
2004
Texas
George W. Bush
2004
Vermont
Howard Dean
2000
Texas
George W. Bush
1996
Arkansas
Bill Clinton
1996
Tennessee
Lamar Alexander
1992
Arkansas
Bill Clinton
1992
California
Jerry Brown
1988
Massachusetts
Michael Dukakis
Year
State
Governor
1984
California
Ronald Reagan
1980
California
Ronald Reagan
1980
Georgia
Jimmy Carter
1976
Georgia
Jimmy Carter
1976
California
Ronald Reagan
1976
California
Jerry Brown
1976
Alabama
George Wallace
1972
Alabama
George Wallace
1968
Alabama
George Wallace
1968
California
Ronald Reagan
1968
New York
Nelson Rockefeller
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Level 77
Oct 13, 2012
I'm hoping to see Gary Johnson here soon...
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Level 72
Oct 10, 2016
Didn't make it in 2012, but he probably will this time round.
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Level 81
Oct 17, 2019
This comment is almost ready for another 4-year cycle.
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Level 80
Jun 12, 2013
I did better on this than I was expecting but I missed Dean and Huckabee.
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Level 82
Jun 26, 2014
Missed Dean!! YYYAAAARRRGGGHH!
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Level 80
Mar 16, 2016
got 'em both this time. BYAAAHHH!
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Level 36
Mar 3, 2016
Scott Walker?
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Level ∞
Mar 4, 2016
Dropped out several months before the primaries began.
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Level 36
Mar 22, 2016
Ah
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Level 61
Mar 3, 2016
Cool quiz, would be better when updated for this election cycle. Also, Nelson Rockefeller was in the GOP.
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2016
It may happen. There is only one governor in the race who could still get 3% of the primary vote (Kasich). But there's also the chance that somebody else could be nominated at a contested convention or run as an independent in the general election.
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Level 44
Mar 3, 2016
Great quiz but, as the quizler said, Nelson Rockefeller was a Republican. Back in 1968 there were still conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans, and Rockefeller was one of those...he and others like him were gradually pushed out and by the time Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, there were already almost none of them left in positions of power.
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Level ∞
Mar 4, 2016
Fixed
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Level 42
Mar 7, 2016
Of all the governors who ran for president, you had to use a photo of Mike Huckabee.
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Level 44
Mar 16, 2016
What about Bob Kerry?
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Level 65
Mar 16, 2016
Why aren't Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie on the list? What counts as "running" for president if they don't make the cut?
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Level 65
Mar 16, 2016
Oops. Just saw that 3% qualifier.
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Level 85
Mar 17, 2016
You *can* delete a comment, you know.
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Level 48
Mar 16, 2016
Umm no Rick Perry
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Level 81
Oct 17, 2019
We wish.
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Level 78
Mar 16, 2016
Need to add 2012 to Answer Stats for Romney.
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Level 61
Jul 2, 2017
Shouldn't Gary Johnson be added? I am pretty sure the Libertarian Party got over 3 percent of the vote.
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Level 64
Jul 31, 2017
Yes they did!
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Level 61
Nov 24, 2017
So can Quizmaster add Gary Johnson to the list, pretty please?
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Level 64
Jul 31, 2017
Gary Johnson won 3.27% of the national vote which qualifies him to enter this quiz.
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Level 35
Mar 19, 2018
Gary Johnson should be added for 2016.
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2020
What am I missing that Richard Nixon isn't one of the answer choices?
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Level 64
Jun 6, 2020
The fact that he was never governor. After losing the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon said "You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore. Because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference."

And then he left politics forever.

Just kidding.
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Level 56
Apr 13, 2020
Interesting how much easier this is than the Senators version!
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Level 37
Jul 29, 2020
Gary Johnson got over 3% in 2016 in the General Election. Former governor of New Mexico.
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Level 63
Sep 10, 2020
It seems Quizmaster´s dad was personally shot by Gary Johnson