United States Virgin Islands gubernatorial election, 2010

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United States Virgin Islands gubernatorial election, 2010
United States Virgin Islands
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  Governor John de Jongh - United States Virgin Islands.jpg Kenneth Ezra Mapp.png
Candidate John de Jongh Kenneth Mapp
Party Democratic Independent
Popular vote 17,535 13,580
Percentage 56.27 43.58

Governor before election

John de Jongh

Elected Governor

John de Jongh

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The United States Virgin Islands gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010, and won by incumbent Democratic Governor John de Jongh. De Jongh was elected to his first term in 2006 with 57.3% of the vote over Kenneth Mapp.[1]

Governor John de Jongh was elected to a second, full year-term, over independent Kenneth Mapp, in what was essentially a rematch of the 2006 gubernatorial runoff election.



Defeated in primary[edit]


  • Kenneth Mapp, former Lieutenant Governor; gubernatorial candidate in 2006
    • Dr. Malik Sekou, Mapp's running mate.[5] Sekeu is a political science professor and department chair at the University of the Virgin Islands. He has written on history, social science and political science. He had previously been elected to the Virgin Islands Board of Education.[5]

Independent Citizens Movement[edit]



  • None

Primary election[edit]

The gubernatorial primary was held on Saturday, September 11, 2010.[6] The only contested primary was for the Democratic nomination.

In the four-way Democratic primary, incumbent Governor John de Jongh and Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis won the nomination with 7,487 votes (53%). Senator Adlah Donastorg Jr., who ran against de Jongh in 2006, placed second with 4,300 votes.[6] Former Lieutenant Governor Gerard Luz James came in third place in the primary with 1,823 votes, while James O'Bryan Jr. placed fourth with 423 votes.[6] Governor John de Jongh garnered more votes than all three of his Democratic challengers combined,[7] who together earned 6,555 votes.[7] In response to his 53% victory, de Jongh stated, "The combination of their votes by no means comes close to what we achieved this evening ... That feels very good."[7] Second place candidate Senator Adlah Donastorg left the Virgin Islands Legislature when his term expired in January 2011, after seven terms in office.[7] He told the Virgin Islands Daily News that he will return to the private sector after the election.[7]

Former Lieutenant Governor Gerard Luz James, told the media he "accepted the people's decision,"[6] but also added in response to the election, "The people of the Virgin Islands showed me today that they really and truly endure mistreatment, endure corruption, endure mismanagement, and they also endure maltreatment to each other ... The only thing that I can see is continued destruction, and it's sad, sad, sad."[7] James stated that he would not endorse Governor de Jongh for a second term stating, "Why should I endorse anyone when it shows me truly that the people don't want to have anything that is right?"[7] James O'Bryan, who with running mate Pamela Richards Samuel received 432 votes, said, "The people have spoken, I respect their wishes, and I will go forward with this episode from now on."[7] With the completion of the Democratic primary, Governor John de Jongh went on to face independent candidate Kenneth Mapp in the general election on November 2, 2010. de Jongh won the Election with 56.27% of the vote.

Primary election results[edit]

Democratic primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Gregory R. Francis 7,487 53.30
Democratic Adlah A. "Foncie" Donastorg and Samuel Baptiste 4,300 30.61
Democratic Gerard Luz James II and Glen J. Smith 1,823 12.98
Democratic James A. O'Bryan, Jr. and Pamela R. Samuel 432 3.08
Total votes 14,042 99.97

General election[edit]

The gubernatorial general election was held on November 2, 2010, with incumbent Governor John de Jongh being challenged by independent Kenneth Mapp, a former Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, for a second consecutive executive election. De Jongh had narrowly defeated Mapp in the 2006 gubernatorial runoff election.

The incumbent gubernatorial team of Gov. John de Jongh and Lt. Governor Gregory Francis won re-election to a second term in office, garnering 17,535 votes.[9] The independent ticket of Kenneth Mapp and Malik Sekou placed second in the election, earning 13,580 votes.[9] Mapp initially refused to concede despite trailing by a wide margin, citing voting irregularities.[10]

Ralph T. O'Neal, the Premier of the neighboring British Virgin Islands, called Governor de Jongh on November 4, 2010, to congratulate on his re-election.[10]

General election results[edit]

General election results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Gregory R. Francis 17,535 56.27
Independent Kenneth E. Mapp and Malik Sekou 13,580 43.58
Total votes 31,115 100


  1. ^ Mann, Susan (2006-11-22). "DeJongh wins USVI gubernatorial runoff election". Caribbean New News. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Simescu, Christian (2010-07-26). "Donastorg seeks Democratic line for governor". Virgin Islands Daily News. Archived from the original on 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  3. ^ a b Bauer, John (2010-08-01). "James Joins Governor's Race". St. Croix Source. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Kossler, Bill (2010-07-26). "Gubernatorial Challengers Pick Running Mates". St. Croix Source. Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  6. ^ a b c d Pancham, Ananta (2010-09-12). "DeJongh-Francis Clinch Top Spots in Democratic Primary". St. John Source. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Lewin, Aldeth (2010-09-13). "DeJongh-Francis victory leaves rivals with uncertain futures". Virgin Islands Daily News. Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ a b Pancham, Ananta (2010-10-02). "DeJongh-Francis to Return for Second Term". St. Thomas Source. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  10. ^ a b Kossler, Bill (2010-10-05). "BVI's O'Neal Congratulates DeJongh as Mapp Won't Fold". St. Thomas Source. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  11. ^ [3][dead link]

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