Virginia gubernatorial election, 1989

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Virginia gubernatorial election, 1989
Virginia
1985 ←
November 7, 1989
→ 1993

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Candidate L. Douglas Wilder J. Marshall Coleman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 897,139 890,285
Percentage 50.14% 49.75%

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Virginia gubernatorial election results map.
Blue denotes counties/districts won by Wilder.
Red denotes those won by Coleman.

Governor before election

Jerry Baliles
Democratic

Elected Governor

L. Douglas Wilder
Democratic

Incumbent Democratic Governor Jerry Baliles was unable to seek a second term due to term limits. Democratic nominee and Lieutenant Governor L. Douglas Wilder squared off against former Attorney General of Virginia J. Marshall Coleman in one of the closest elections in Virginia history.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Marshall Coleman 147,941 36.81%
Republican Paul S. Trible, Jr. 141,120 35.11%
Republican Stanford Parris 112,826 28.07%
Totals 401,887 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

Virginia gubernatorial election, 1989[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic L. Douglas Wilder 897,139 50.14% -5.05%
Republican J. Marshall Coleman 890,285 49.75% +4.96%
Write-ins 1,947 0.11%
Majority 6,854 0.38% -10.03%
Turnout 1,789,371
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commonwealth of Virginia. State Board of Elections. "Recapitulation--Republican Primary Election" Official Election Results 1989. Comp. Susan H. Fitz-Hugh. Richmond, Virginia: n.p., 1989. 49. Print.
  2. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?fips=51&year=1989&f=0&off=5