2021 Virginia gubernatorial election (Rubio '16)

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2021 Virginia gubernatorial election

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Nominee Terry McAuliffe Denver Riggleman
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,760,159 1,496,020
Percentage 53.5% 45.5%

County and independent city results
McAuliffe:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Riggleman:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%-->

Governor before election

Ralph Northam

Elected Governor

Terry McAuliffe

The 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election will be held on November 2, 2021, to elect the next governor of Virginia. Incumbent Democratic Governor Ralph Northam is ineligible to run for reelection, as the Constitution of Virginia prohibits the officeholder from serving consecutive terms.

The Republican Party held a convention on May 8, 2021, at 37 polling locations throughout the state. On May 10, congressman Denver Riggleman was declared the Republican nominee. The Democratic Party selected its candidate in a primary election on June 8, with former Governor Terry McAuliffe emerging as the winner. This race has attracted national attention as many see it as a referendum on President Marco Rubio's second term due to Virginia's status as a swing state.

McAuliffe defeated Riggleman by an 8 point margin and is scheduled to be sworn in on January 15, 2022. He is the first Virginia governor since Mills Godwin to win a second term.