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Virginia gubernatorial election, 1997


Virginia gubernatorial election, 1997

Virginia gubernatorial election, 1997

November 4, 1997

Nominee Jim Gilmore Don Beyer
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Virginia Virginia
Popular vote 969,062 738,971
Percentage 55.81% 42.56%

Virginia gubernatorial election results map.
Red denotes counties/districts won by Gilmore.
Blue denotes those won by Beyer.

Governor before election

George Allen

Elected Governor

Jim Gilmore

The 1997 Virginia gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 1997. The incumbent Governor, Republican candidate was Jim Gilmore, the Attorney General of Virginia. The Democratic nominee was Don Beyer, the Lieutenant Governor.

General election


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Beyer (D)
Gilmore (R)
Other Undecided
Washington Post October 19–21, 1997 1,005 ± 3.0% 41% 48% 4% 11%
Washington Post September 12–16, 1997 808 ± 3.5% 44% 43% 4% 9%


Virginia gubernatorial election, 1997[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Gilmore 969,062 55.81% -2.46%
Democratic Don Beyer 738,971 42.56% +1.67%
Reform Sue Harris DeBauche 25,955 1.49%
Write-ins 2,326 0.13%
Majority 230,091 13.25% -4.13%
Turnout 1,736,314
Republican hold Swing


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