United States gubernatorial elections, 2005

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United States gubernatorial elections, 2005
United States
2004 ←
November 8, 2005
→ 2006

Governorships of NJ, NMI, and VA
  Majority party Minority party
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 28 governorships 22 governorships
Seats before 28 22
Seats after 28 22
Seat change +0 +0

2005 Gubernatorial election map.svg

  Democratic holds

The United States gubernatorial elections of 2005 were held on November 8, 2005. Two states, New Jersey and Virginia, and the Northern Mariana Islands, voted to select a governor, as well as other statewide offices and members of state legislatures.

National Effect[edit]

Shortly before election day, U.S. President George W. Bush returned from a trip to Latin America to provide last minute campaigning for Virginian gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore. After the defeat of Kilgore and Doug Forrester in New Jersey, Democrats prescribed these victories to the President's decreasing popularity. Republicans then tried to downplay these Democratic triumphs as victories exclusive to those states and their candidates. Some speculate that these two elections were harbingers of the positive momentum around the Democratic party, and it could be said that they had some positive effect on, the landmark victories in the 2006 midterm elections for the party. Republicans, however, maintain that the Democrats' advantage in 2005 was due simply to the fact that they were the incumbent party.

Election results[edit]

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
New Jersey Richard Codey (acting) Democratic Not running for governor, Democratic victory Jon Corzine (Democratic) 52.87%
Doug Forrester (Republican) 43.17%
Hector Castillo (Independent) 1.29%
Jeffrey Pawlowski (Libertarian) 0.67%
Matt Thieke (Green) 0.54%
Richard Codey (as write-in) 0.43%
Edward Forchion (Marijuana) 0.41%
Michael Latigona (Independent) 0.23%
Wesley Bell (Independent) 0.18%
Angela Lariscy (Socialist Workers) 0.11%
Constantino Rozzo (Socialist) 0.09%
Northern Mariana Islands Juan N. Babauta Republican Defeated, 26.6% Benigno Fitial (Covenant) 28.1%
Heinz Hofschneider (Independent) 27.3%
Froilan Tenorio (Democratic) 18%
Virginia Mark Warner Democratic Term-Limited, Democratic victory Tim Kaine (Democratic) 51.72%
Jerry W. Kilgore (Republican) 45.99%
Russ Potts (Independent) 2.22%

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