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The Arkansas gubernatorial election of 1982 was the second since Reconstruction in which an incumbent was defeated; the preceding election was the first. One-term Democratic Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton regained the position after having narrowly been defeated by Republican Frank D. White at the previous election. Clinton eventually continued to serve this office until he was later elected President in 1992.
- Gov. Bill Clinton, Governor of Arkansas 1979-1981
- Lt. Governor Joe Purcell, former Acting Governor of Arkansas, 1979, former Lieutenant Governor 1975-1981
Frank D. White – Incumbent Governor
Bill Clinton, one of the youngest ex-governors in the nation, at the age of 36, was running to reclaim his political career. Frank White easily won renomination from the Republican party.
White was hurt politically due to several unpopular decisions that he made, and Clinton ran an aggressive campaign.
Bill Clinton, who was defeated in the last election, won the election, and elected again in 1984, 1986, and 1990, until his presidential victory in November 1992.
|Republican||Frank D. White (incumbent)||357,496||45.29%||-6.64%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|