1981 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1981

← 1980 November 3, 1981 1982 →

3 governorships
2 states; 1 territory
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 27 governorships 23 governorships
Seats before 27 23
Seats after 27 23
Seat change Steady Steady

1981 and 2013 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Republican pickup
  Democratic pickup

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 3, 1981 in two states and one territory. Both seats were open due to term limits, and both also switched parties, resulting in zero net change for both parties.

Election results[edit]

State Incumbent Party Result Opposing candidates
New Jersey Brendan Byrne Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Thomas Kean (Republican) 49.5%
James Florio (Democratic) 49.4%[1]
Virginia John N. Dalton Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Chuck Robb (Democratic) 53.6%
Marshall Coleman (Republican) 46.4%
  1. ^ The original election results were close; Florio called for a recount. The results here are from the recount.