Maine gubernatorial election, 1986
Counties won by Tierney Counties won by McKernan
1986 Maine gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 1986. Incumbent
Joseph Brennan was term limited and unable to seek re-election.
First district Congressman
John McKernan defeated
Democratic Party challenger
James Tierney as well as former Republican turned
Sherry Huber and former
Portland, Maine city manager
John Menario, making McKernan the first Republican to win
The Blaine House since 1968.
The three main issues during the campaign were: the future of the
Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in
Wiscasset, economic development and McKernan's congressional record.
The future of the Power Plant had been placed up for statewide referendum in 1980 and again in 1982. McKernan and Menario opposed the closure of Maine Yankee, while Tierney and Huber supported the efforts to close the Plant in 1988.