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Virginia gubernatorial election, 1981

Virginia gubernatorial election, 1981

November 3, 1981

Nominee Chuck Robb J. Marshall Coleman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 760,357 659,398
Percentage 53.52% 46.42%

Governor before election

John N. Dalton

Elected Governor

Charles Robb

In the 1981 Virginia gubernatorial election, Republican incumbent Governor John N. Dalton was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Chuck Robb, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, was nominated by the Democratic Party to run against the Republican nominee, state Attorney General J. Marshall Coleman.



Virginia gubernatorial election, 1981[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chuck Robb 760,357 53.56% +10.32%
Republican J. Marshall Coleman 659,398 46.44% -9.41%
Majority 100,959 7.11% -5.51%
Turnout 1,419,755
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ http://www.coopercenter.orgs/default/files/autoVANLPubs/Virginia%20News%20Letter%201982%20Vol.%2058%20No.%206.pdf

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