1985 Virginia gubernatorial election

In the 1985 Virginia gubernatorial election, incumbent Governor Chuck Robb, a Democrat, was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Jerry Baliles, the Attorney General of Virginia, was nominated by the Democratic Party to run against the Republican nominee, Wyatt B. Durrette. This is the most recent time the Democratic candidate won a gubernatorial race in Virginia with a double-digit margin of victory.

1985 Virginia gubernatorial election

← 1981 November 5, 1985 1989 →
Turnout53.0% (voting eligible)[1]
 
Nominee Gerald Baliles Wyatt Durrette
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 741,438 601,652
Percentage 55.2% 44.8%

County and independent city results
Baliles:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Durrette:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Charles Robb
Democratic

Elected Governor

Gerald Baliles
Democratic

Candidates edit

Results edit

Virginia gubernatorial election, 1985[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gerald L. Baliles 741,438 55.20% +1.67%
Republican Wyatt B. Durrette Jr. 601,652 44.79% -1.63%
Write-ins 153 0.01%
Majority 139,786 10.41% +3.30%
Turnout 1,343,243
Democratic hold Swing

References edit

  1. ^ Virginia Department of Elections (2016). "Registration/Turnout Statistics". The Commonwealth of Virginia. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  2. ^ 1985 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Virginia US Election Atlas