Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1984

Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1984
November 6, 1984

Nominee Bill Clinton Woody Freeman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 554,561 331,987
Percentage 62.55% 37.45%

Election results by county

Governor before election

Bill Clinton

Elected Governor

Bill Clinton

The Arkansas gubernatorial election of 1984 was held on November 6, 1984. Incumbent Governor Bill Clinton won reelection with a 25% margin of victory over Jonesboro businessman Woody Freeman. This was the last gubernatorial election in Arkansas before the implementation of Amendment 63, lengthening the term of the governor of Arkansas from two to four years.[1] Winning his third of five terms as Governor of Arkansas, Clinton continued to serve this office until shortly after he was elected President of the United States in 1992.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary results [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Clinton 317,214 64.43
Democratic Lonnie Turner 119,264 24.23
Democratic Kermit Moss 31,727 6.44
Democratic Monroe Schwarzlose 24,116 4.90
Total votes ' '

Democratic nominee

Republican primary

Republican primary results [3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Woody Freeman 13,030 68.48
Republican Erwin Davis 6,010 31.57
Total votes ' '

Republican Nominee


During Governor Clinton's reelection campaign, he pointed to efforts in pushing through strong education reform including competency tests for new and working teachers and raising pay for most of Arkansas teachers, using anger from the Arkansas teachers’ unions to his advantage.[4] Freeman attacked Clinton on not focusing on economic issues, pledging not to raise taxes and running the state government more like a business.[5] Freeman saw some high profile visits from prominent Republicans, including then President Ronald Reagan, who campaigned for Freeman. During a rally for the Reagan/Bush reelection campaign just days before election day Reagan told an audience, "Please send Woody Freeman to the Statehouse." [6] Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger also campaigned for Freeman during the election but seemed to have little of substance to offer the Arkansas candidate, and Governor Clinton on the campaign trail attacked the visit saying that, "I hope Mr. Kissinger tells us everything he knows about what Arkansas needs, and I hope my opponent tells Mr. Kissinger everything he knows about what Arkansas needs in a utility contractor." [7]


Arkansas gubernatorial election, 1984 [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bill Clinton 554,561 62.55 +7.84
Republican Woody Freeman 331,987 37.45
Democratic hold Swing


  1. "Constitution Of The State Of Arkansas Of 1874 AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF ARKANSAS OF 1874" (PDF). Retrieved 12/11/2012. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "AR Governor - D Primary". Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  3. "AR Governor - R Primary". Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  4. "Bill Clinton Political Career". Retrieved 1997. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. "1984 Governor's Race". December 11, 2012.
  6. "Remarks at a Reagan-Bush Rally in Little Rock, Arkansas". Retrieved November 3, 1984. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. "1984 Governor's Race". December 11, 2012.
  8. "AR Governor - R Primary". Retrieved December 9, 2006.
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