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South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1978

The 1978 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1978 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. Richard Riley, the Democratic nominee, defeated Republican Edward Lunn Young and became the 111th governor of South Carolina.

Democratic primary

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary for governor on June 13, featuring three high tier candidates. Richard Riley, a former member of the General Assembly, emerged as the winner of the runoff election over Lieutenant Governor W. Brantley Harvey, Jr. on June 27.

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 | W. Brantley Harvey, Jr.
 | align="right" | 142,785
 | align="right" | 37.5


 | Richard Riley
 | align="right" | 125,184
 | align="right" | 32.9


 | William Jennings Bryan Dorn
 | align="right" | 112,793
 | align="right" | 29.6

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Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Richard Riley 180,882 53.3 +20.4
W. Brantley Harvey, Jr. 158,655
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