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United States gubernatorial elections, 1989

United States Gubernatorial elections, 1989

November 7, 1989

Governorships of NJ, NMI, and VA
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 28 governorships 22 governorships
Seats before 28 22
Seats after 29 21
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1

  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups

The United States gubernatorial elections of 1989 were held on November 7, 1989. Two states, New Jersey and Virginia, voted to select a governor, as well as other statewide offices and members of state legislatures. Democrats picked up the open seat in New Jersey formerly held by a Republican while keeping another open seat in Virginia held by a Democrat.


Election results

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
New Jersey Thomas Kean Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory James Florio (Democratic) 61.23%
Jim Courter (Republican) 37.21%
Dan Karlan (Libertarian) .53%
Michael Ziruolo (Independent) .45%
Tom Fuscaldo (Independent) .31%
Catherine Renee Sedwick (Socialist Workers) .28%
Virginia Gerald L. Baliles Democratic Term-Limited, Democratic victory Douglas Wilder (Democratic) 50.19%
Marshall Coleman (Republican) 49.81%


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