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United States elections, 2001


United States elections, 2001

2001 United States elections
Off-year elections
Election day November 5
Congressional special elections
Seats contested 7
Net change Republican +1
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 2
Net change Democratic +2
2001 Gubernatorial election results map
2001 Gubernatorial election results map
  Democratic pickups
  not contested

The United States General elections of 2001 were held on November 5 of that year (with some exceptions for local elections and other special elections across the country). The 2001 recession was a dominant issue throughout the year as well as to a lesser extent the September 11 Terrorist attacks and subsequent War on Terror, the later of which would become especially important issue in the next year.


  • Federal elections 1
    • United States Congressional elections 1.1
      • United States House of Representatives special elections 1.1.1
  • State elections 2
    • Gubernatorial elections 2.1
    • Other state-wide Officer elections 2.2
    • State Legislative elections 2.3
    • Initiatives and Referendums 2.4
  • Local elections 3
    • Mayoral elections 3.1
    • Other County and Municipal elections 3.2
  • References 4

Federal elections

United States Congressional elections

No elections to either the Senate or House were regularly scheduled to occur in 2001.

United States House of Representatives special elections

In 2001, seven special elections to fill vacancies in the House of Representatives were held. Special elections were held for Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district (on May 15), California's 32nd congressional district (June 5), Virginia's 4th congressional district (June 19), Massachusetts's 9th congressional district (October 16), Florida's 1st congressional district (October 16), Arkansas's 3rd congressional district (November 20), and South Carolina's 2nd congressional district (December 18). Only one district, Virginia's 4th congressional district, changed hands with state Senator Randy Forbes' (R) victory to the seat previously held by Norman Sisisky (D). Thus Republicans increased their majority in the House by one seat.

State elections

Gubernatorial elections

During the 2001 gubernatorial elections, the governorships of two states and one territory were up for election.

Going into the elections, Republicans held the Governorships of twenty-nine states and one territory, Democrats held the governorships of nineteen states, four territories, and the Mayorship of the District of Columbia, and two governorships were held by incumbents of neither party. Democrats gained the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. However, Republicans retained the governorship of the Northern Mariana Islands. Thus the balance of power between Republicans and Democrats was changed from 29–19 to 27–21.

Other state-wide Officer elections

The offices of Lieutenant Governor (in Virginia as a separate election and the Northern Mariana Islands on the same ticket as the gubernatorial nominee) and state Attorney General in the former were up for election. There were no other statewide elective offices in New Jersey open with the office of governor aside.

State Legislative elections

In 2001, seats of the Legislatures of two states and one territory were up for election.

Though Democrats gained control of both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature, Republicans retained control of the Virginia General Assembly and Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Legislature.

Initiatives and Referendums

Local elections

Mayoral elections

During 2001, several Major American cities held mayoral elections in that year, including the following:

Other County and Municipal elections


  1. ^ "Holliday re-elected mayor of Greensboro". November 7, 2001. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
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