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Texas gubernatorial election, 1990
November 6, 1990
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Candidate Ann Richards Clayton Williams
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,925,670 1,826,431
Percentage 49.47% 46.92 %
Results by county

Previous Governor
Bill Clements

Anne Richards

The 1990 Texas gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1990 to select the Governor of the state of Texas.





Incumbent Republican Governor Bill Clements announced early in the year that he would not be seeking reelection. The candidates to succeed him were:


"Claytie vs. The Lady vs. The Libertarian"

Williams spent freely from his personal fortune, running a "Good Old Boy" campaign initially appealing to conservatives.[1] Prior to a series of legendary gaffes, he was leading Richards (the race was dubbed "Claytie vs. The Lady")[2] in the polls and was in striking distance of becoming only the second Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction. Meanwhile, Libertarian nominee Jeff Daiell was launching a TV campaign which, combined with personal appearances across Texas, boosted him to a showing of 129,128 votes. His drawing power made Richards the first Texas governor in many years elected without a majority.[3].

In one of his widely-publicized missteps, Williams refused to shake hands with Ann Richards in a public debate, an act seen as uncouth. Senator John Tower had similarly refused to shake the hand of Democratic opponent Robert Krueger in a 1978 appearance in Houston[citation needed] but went on to win a fourth term by a narrow margin.

Earlier, Williams made an infamous joke to reporters, likening bad weather to rape, having quipped: "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it".[4] In addition, it has been claimed that as an undergraduate at Texas A&M, he had participated in visits to the Chicken Ranch, a well-known Texas brothel in La Grange, and the Boy's Towns of Mexico.[5][6] His sense of humor was again demonstrated when he urged Hispanic Americans to support his candidacy because he met Modesta in a Mexican restaurant[citation needed]. As a result of his reported comments, Williams was occasionally parodied, such as in the mock political ad, "Satan Williams," which appeared on Dallas/Fort Worth public television during the 1990 campaign season.[7]


1990 Texas Governor's Race
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ann Richards 1,925,670 49.47%
Republican Clayton W. "Claytie" Williams, Jr. 1,826,431 46.92%
Libertarian Jeff Daiell 129,128 3.32%
Majority 99,239 2.55%
Turnout 3,892,746
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

Race for Lieutenant Governor

The office of lieutenant governor was up for reelection on a separate ticket. Democratic incumbent William P. Hobby, Jr. retired after holding the office for eighteen years. State Comptroller Bob Bullock ran as a Democrat to succeed Hobby. He defeated the Republican candidate, Robert Mosbacher, Jr., 53% to 44%.



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