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1997 Virginia gubernatorial election

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The 1997 Virginia gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1997. The incumbent Governor, George Allen, was barred from seeking a second term due to Virginia's unique term limits law. The Republican candidate was Jim Gilmore, the Attorney General of Virginia. The Democratic nominee was Don Beyer, the incumbent Lieutenant Governor.

Virginia gubernatorial election, 1997

← 1993 November 4, 1997 2001 →
Turnout49.5% (voting eligible)[1]
  Jim Gilmore by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Donald S Beyer Jr ambassador (cropped).jpg
Nominee Jim Gilmore Don Beyer
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 969,062 738,971
Percentage 55.8% 42.6%

Virginia Governor Election Results by County, 1997.svg
Virginia gubernatorial election results map.
Red denotes counties/districts won by Gilmore.
Blue denotes those won by Beyer.

Gilmore:      40–50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%
Beyer:      40–50%      50-60%      60-70%



Governor before election

George Allen
Republican

Elected Governor

Jim Gilmore
Republican

Contents

General electionEdit

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Don
Beyer (D)
Jim
Gilmore (R)
Other Undecided
Washington Post October 19–21, 1997 1,005 ± 3.0% 41% 48% 4% 11%
Washington Post September 12–16, 1997 808 ± 3.5% 44% 43% 4% 9%

ResultsEdit

Virginia gubernatorial election, 1997[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jim Gilmore 969,062 55.81% -2.46%
Democratic Don Beyer 738,971 42.56% +1.67%
Reform Sue Harris DeBauche 25,955 1.49%
Write-ins 2,326 0.13%
Majority 230,091 13.25% -4.13%
Turnout 1,736,314
Republican hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Virginia Department of Elections (2016). "Registration/Turnout Statistics". The Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/Files/ElectionResults/1997/GOV97DST.htm