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Kansas gubernatorial election, 1990

Kansas gubernatorial election, 1990

Nominee Joan Finney Mike Hayden Christina Campbell-Cline
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Popular vote 380,609 333,589 69,127
Percentage 48.6% 42.6% 8.8%

Governor before election

Mike Hayden

Elected Governor

Joan Finney

The Kansas gubernatorial election of 1990 included incumbent Republican Governor Mike Hayden lost re-election to Democratic nominee Joan Finney.[1]


  • Background 1
  • Candidates 2
    • Republican 2.1
    • Democratic 2.2
    • Independent 2.3
  • Results 3
  • Distinctions 4
  • References 5


Hayden was chosen as chair of the Republican Governors Association. Hayden's term saw tax cuts and programs to combat substance abuse. Unfortunately for the governor, a split in the Kansas Republican Party between moderates and conservatives considerably reduced other accomplishments. Hayden himself was perceived as a moderate; on abortion, for instance, he took a pro-choice position. Because of the legislative gridlock, Hayden was not able to reinstate the death penalty. Hayden lost his re-election bid primarily because of voter passage of a property reclassification amendment in Kansas which resulted in property reappraisals - the first in some cases in 20 years - and the resulting property tax increases when market values were applied to properties for tax purposes.





  • Christina Campbell-Cline, accountant[2]


Governor candidate Running Mate Party Popular Vote
Joan Finney James Francisco Democratic 380,609 48.6%
Mike Hayden Harland Priddle Republican 333,589 42.6%
Christina Campbell-Cline Benton Independent 69,127 8.8%


State Treasurer Finney was elected governor over Hayden in 1990, giving Hayden the distinction of being the first incumbent governor of any state to lose to a woman. In addition to being Kansas's first female governor, she was Kansas' oldest governor (65), Kansas' first Roman Catholic Governor, and one of the few pro-life Democratic Governors at the time [1].


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