2017 United States gubernatorial elections
United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 7, 2017 in two states: Virginia and New Jersey. These elections formed part of the 2017 United States elections. The last regular gubernatorial elections for these two states were in 2013. Both incumbents were term-limited, so both seats were open.
- 1 Election predictions
- 2 Race summary
- 3 Term-limited Republican incumbent
- 4 Term-limited Democratic incumbent
- 5 References
Several sites and individuals publish predictions of competitive seats. These predictions look at factors such as the strength of the incumbent (if the incumbent is running for re-election), the strength of the candidates, and the partisan leanings of the state (reflected in part by the state's Cook Partisan Voting Index rating). The predictions assign ratings to each seat, with the rating indicating the predicted advantage that a party has in winning that seat. Most election predictors use "tossup" to indicate that neither party has an advantage, "lean" to indicate that one party has a slight advantage, "likely" or "favored" to indicate that one party has a significant but not insurmountable advantage, and "safe" or "solid" to indicate that one party has a near-certain chance of victory. Some predictions also include a "tilt" rating that indicates that one party has an advantage that is not quite as strong as the "lean" rating would indicate.
|New Jersey||D+7||(Chris Christie) (R)||60.3% R||Likely D||Likely D||Safe D||Phil Murphy|
|Virginia||D+1||(Terry McAuliffe) (D)||47.8% D||Lean D||Tilt D||Lean D||Ralph Northam|
|State||Incumbent||Party||First elected||Incumbent status||Candidates|
|New Jersey||Chris Christie||Republican||2009||Term-limited, Democratic victory|
|Virginia||Terry McAuliffe||Democratic||2013||Term-limited, Democratic victory||Ralph Northam (Democratic)
Cliff Hyra (Libertarian)
Term-limited Republican incumbent
Term-limited Democratic incumbent
Former chairman of the Republican National Committee and 2014 United States Senate nominee Ed Gillespie was the Republican nominee for governor. Gillespie defeated State Senator Frank Wagner, and Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2013 Corey Stewart. Gillespie was declared the winner of his primary in June 2017.
Cliff Hyra, a lawyer from Mechanicsville, won the gubernatorial nomination of his party.
- Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia changed party affiliation from Democratic to Republican, 4 August 2017.
- Parentheses around an incumbent's name indicates that the incumbent is retiring, possibly due to term limits.
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- Corasaniti, Nick (6 June 2017). "Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno Win Primaries in New Jersey Governor's Race". New York Times.
- "N.J. pastor ready to take on the establishment in run for governor". www.nj.com.
- Official List Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor For November 2017 General Election (PDF). New Jersey Department of State. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
- McLaughlin, Seth (June 13, 2017). "Gillespie ekes out GOP win in Virginia governor's race; Northam easily claims Democratic victory". The Washington Times. Operations Holdings. Retrieved June 30, 2017.