1997 United States elections
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|Election day||November 4|
|Congressional special elections|
|Net seat change||Republican +1|
|Net seat change||0|
|1997 Gubernatorial election results map|
The 1997 United States elections were off-year elections were held on Tuesday, November 4, 1997, comprising 2 gubernatorial races, 3 congressional special elections, and a plethora of other local elections across the United States. No Senate special elections were held.
United States House of Representatives special elections
In 1997, three special elections were held to fill vacancies to the 105th United States Congress. They were for Texas's 28th congressional district, New Mexico's 3rd congressional district, and New York's 13th congressional district.
|District||Date||Predecessor||Winner||Cause of vacancy|
|Texas 28||April 12, 1997||Frank Tejeda (D)||Ciro Rodriguez (D)||Died.|
|New Mexico 3||May 13, 1997||Bill Richardson (D)||Bill Redmond (R)||Resigned upon appointment as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.|
|New York 13||November 4, 1997||Susan Molinari (R)||Vito Fossella (R)||Resigned to become anchor of CBS This Morning.|
State and local elections
Two gubernatorial elections were held in 1997 in New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Virginia in which both seats were held by the Republican Party. Another gubernatorial race was held in the Northern Mariana Islands as well which resulted as a Republican gain.
|New Jersey||Christine Todd Whitman||Republican||Re-elected, 47.1%||Jim McGreevey (Democratic) 46.0%|
Murray Sabrin (Libertarian) 4.7%
Richard Pezzullo (Conservative) 1.5%
Madelyn Hoffman (Green) 0.4%
Michael Perrone (Independent) 0.3%
Robert Miller (Socialist Workers) 0.1%
|Northern Mariana Islands||Froilan Tenorio||Democratic||Defeated, 27.27%||Pedro Tenorio (Republican) 46.47%|
Jesse Borja (Independent) 26.26%
|Virginia||George Allen||Republican||Term-limited, Republican victory||Jim Gilmore (Republican) 55.8%|
Don Beyer (Democratic) 42.6%
Sue DeBauche (Reform) 1.5%
Note: Candidates' vote percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent. Candidates earning 0.05% or more of the vote are included.
This section is missing information about other Mayoral elections in 1997.December 2018)(
- The New York City mayoral election saw the re-election of Republican Rudy Giuliani against Democratic Party nominee Ruth Messinger, the Manhattan Borough President.
- In Boston, Democrat Thomas Menino ran unopposed in the election and therefore served his second term as Mayor.
- Houston's officially nonpartisan election resulted in Lee P. Brown, a Democrat, ascend to the Mayor's office two years after leaving U.S. President Bill Clinton's cabinet as Director of National Drug Control Policy.
- The mayoral election in Los Angeles was the most recent election to date in which a Republican, incumbent Richard Riordan, was elected mayoral of the city. He defeated Democratic challenger Tom Hayden on election day.
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- "Giuliani Wins With Ease", CNN.com, November 4, 1997.
- Berke, Richard L. (November 5, 1997). "THE 1997 ELECTIONS: MAYORAL RACES; For Incumbents in Cities, Celebrations Came Easily". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
- "City of Los Angeles Primary Nomination Final - Official Election Results". Office of the City Clerk, City of Los Angeles.
- "Los Angeles Mayor". Our Campaigns.