1985 Virginia gubernatorial election

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Virginia gubernatorial election, 1985

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Turnout53.0% (voting eligible)[1]
  Gerald Baliles 1986.jpg Wyatt Durrette 1976.jpg
Nominee Gerald Baliles Wyatt Durrette
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 741,438 601,652
Percentage 55.20% 44.79%

Virginia Governor Election Results by County, 1985.svg
County and Independent City results
Baliles:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Durrette:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Charles Robb

Elected Governor

Gerald Baliles

In the 1985 Virginia gubernatorial election, incumbent Governor Chuck Robb, a Democrat, was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Jerry Baliles, the Attorney General of Virginia, was nominated by the Democratic Party to run against the Republican nominee, Wyatt B. Durrette. This is the most recent time the Democratic candidate won a gubernatorial race in Virginia with a double-digit margin of victory.



Virginia gubernatorial election, 1985[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gerald L. Baliles 741,438 55.20% +1.67%
Republican Wyatt B. Durrette, Jr. 601,652 44.79% -1.63%
Write-ins 153 0.01%
Majority 139,786 10.41% +3.30%
Turnout 1,343,243
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ Virginia Department of Elections (2016). "Registration/Turnout Statistics". The Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  2. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?fips=51&year=1985&f=0&off=5