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2013 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 2013

← 2012 November 5, 2013 2014 →

2 governorships
  Majority party Minority party
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Leader Bobby Jindal Peter Shumlin
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Louisiana Vermont
Last election 33 governorships (30 states) 23 governorships (20 states)
Seats before 33 (30 states) 23 (20 states)
Seats after 32 (29 states) 24 (21 states)
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1
Popular vote 2,292,286[1] 1,879,767[1]
Percentage 52.53%[1] 43.08%[1]

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Results of the November 2013 elections:
     Democratic gain
     Republican hold

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 5, 2013 in two states. These elections formed part of the 2013 United States elections.

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Have you ever wondered who has the authority to make laws or punish people who break them? When we think of power in the United States, we usually think of the President, but he does not act alone. In fact, he is only one piece of the power puzzle and for very good reason. When the American Revolution ended in 1783, the United States government was in a state of change. The founding fathers knew that they did not want to establish another country that was ruled by a king, so the discussions were centered on having a strong and fair national government that protected individual freedoms and did not abuse its power. When the new constitution was adopted in 1787, the structure of the infant government of the United States called for three separate branches, each with their own powers, and a system of checks and balances. This would ensure that no one branch would ever become too powerful because the other branches would always be able to check the power of the other two. These branches work together to run the country and set guidelines for us all to live by. The legislative branch is described in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. Many people feel that the founding fathers put this branch in the document first because they thought it was the most important. The legislative branch is comprised of 100 U.S. Senators and 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is better known as the U.S. Congress. Making laws is the primary function of the legislative branch, but it is also responsible for approving federal judges and justices, passing the national budget, and declaring war. Each state gets two Senators and some number of Representatives, depending on how many people live in that state. The executive branch is described in Article 2 of the Constitution. The leaders of this branch of government are the President and Vice President, who are responsible for enforcing the laws that Congress sets forth. The President works closely with a group of advisors, known as the Cabinet. These appointed helpers assist the President in making important decisions within their area of expertise, such as defense, the treasury, and homeland security. The executive branch also appoints government officials, commands the armed forces, and meets with leaders of other nations. All that combined is a lot of work for a lot of people. In fact, the executive branch employs over 4 million people to get everything done. The third brand of the U.S. government is the judicial branch and is detailed in Article 3. This branch is comprised of all the courts in the land, from the federal district courts to the U.S. Supreme Court. These courts interpret our nation's laws and punish those who break them. The highest court, the Supreme Court, settles disputes among states, hears appeals from state and federal courts, and determines if federal laws are constitutional. There are nine justices on the Supreme Court, and, unlike any other job in our government, Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, or for as long as they want to stay. Our democracy depends on an informed citizenry, so it is our duty to know how it works and what authority each branch of government has over its citizens. Besides voting, chances are that some time in your life you'll be called upon to participate in your government, whether it is to serve on a jury, testify in court, or petition your Congress person to pass or defeat an idea for a law. By knowning the branches, who runs them, and how they work together, you can be involved, informed, and intelligent.


Election summaries

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
NJ Chris Christie Republican Re-elected, 60.3% Barbara Buono (D) 38.19%
VA Bob McDonnell Republican Term-limited, Democratic gain Terry McAuliffe (D) 47.75%
Ken Cuccinelli (R) 45.23%
Robert Sarvis (L) 6.52%

Term-limited Republican incumbent

Bob McDonnell (Virginia)

Governor Bob McDonnell was term-limited in 2013, as Governors of Virginia cannot serve consecutive terms.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was the Republican nominee for Governor, after winning the nomination at Virginia's 2013 Republican Party convention.[2]

Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was the Democratic nominee for Governor, after being the only candidate to file for the race.[3]

Robert Sarvis, an entrepreneur and lawyer, was the Libertarian Party nominee. On June 26, 2013, the Virginia State Board of Elections confirmed to Sarvis's campaign that he would be listed on the ballot statewide during the elections this November.[4]

On November 5, 2013, Terry McAuliffe narrowly beat Ken Cuccinelli by a margin of 48% to 45.5% with Robert Sarvis accounting for the other 6.6% of the vote.[5]

Republican incumbent who sought re-election

Chris Christie (New Jersey)

Governor Chris Christie ran for a second term.[6] Christie's re-election campaign could be the prelude to a 2016 presidential campaign for him.[7]

Christie's approval ratings have hovered at or above 50% consistently throughout 2012, and broke records as the highest approval rating of any New Jersey governor in a recent Fairleigh Dickinson poll.[8][9][10]

State Senator and former State Senate Democratic Leader Barbara Buono was the Democratic nominee.[11]

The Libertarian nominee was Ken Kaplan, who also ran for U.S. Senator in 2012.[12]

Chris Christie cruised to victory on November 5, 2013 when he won in a landslide victory against his adversary, Barbara Buono. Christie won 60.4% of the vote compared to 38.1% of the vote Buono earned. Exit polls also showed that Christie appealed to ethnic minorities, an increasing priority for Republicans.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "2013 Gubernatorial Election Results". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved Aug 3, 2014.
  2. ^ Associated, The (2013-05-18). "Ken Cuccinelli nominated for governor by Virginia GOP". Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  3. ^ Walker, Julian (April 2, 2013). "McAuliffe named Dem governor nominee, 4 others make ballot". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Libertarian Candidate Robert Sarvis Makes the Ballot in Virginia Governor's Race". Charlottesville Newsplex. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  5. ^ "Virginia Governor – 2013 Election Results". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Steinhauser, Paul (November 26, 2012). "Chris Christie files for re-election bid". CNN. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Rubin, Jennifer (1 May 2013). "Christie will cruise to reelection. Then what?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  8. ^ Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger. "Gov. Christie's approval rate highest ever among N.J. residents". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  9. ^ "Christie's Approval Rating Rises to Record in Voter Poll". Businessweek. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  10. ^ "Monmouth Poll: Christie approval rating at 51%". Politicker NJ. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  11. ^ "U.S. News | National News – ABC News". Retrieved 2013-10-16.[dead link]
  12. ^ Lesiak, Krzysztof (2013-05-04). "Libertarian Kenneth Kaplan to Run for Governor of New Jersey in 2013". Independent Political Report. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  13. ^ "New Jersey Governor – 2013 Election Results". The New York Times.

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