United States elections, 2017

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2017 United States elections
Off-year elections
Election day November 7
Congressional special elections
Seats contested 7 House seats and 1 Senate seat
Net change 0
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Map of 2017 special congressional elections
     Democratic hold      Democratic gain

     Republican hold      Republican gain      Not yet held
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 2
Color coded map of the 2017 gubernatorial races
Map of the 2017 gubernatorial races
     Term-limited Democrat      Term-limited Republican      No election

The 2017 United States elections will be held (for the most part) on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. This off-year election will feature gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as state legislative elections in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature and in the lower house of the Virginia legislature. Numerous citizen initiatives, mayoral races, and a variety of other local elections will also occur. Five Special elections to the United States House of Representatives have already taken place, with two other House seats and one Senate seat still to be filled.

Federal elections

The following special elections will be held to replace Senators or Representatives who resigned in the 115th U.S. Congress:


  • Alabama Class 2: Incumbent Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate to serve as United States Attorney General on February 8, 2017, and subsequently resigned from the Senate. Governor Robert J. Bentley chose Luther Strange, the Attorney General of Alabama, to succeed Sessions, filling the seat until the special election takes place. Although he had the power to schedule an election in 2017, Bentley decided to align it with the 2018 general election. Following Bentley's resignation in April 2017, Governor Kay Ivey decided to reschedule the elections. The primary election took place on August 15 with Doug Jones winning the Democratic nomination. Roy Moore was nominated as the Republican candidate on September 26. The general election is scheduled for December 12.[1]

House of Representatives

State/territorial elections


Two states will hold gubernatorial elections in 2017:


The two states holding gubernatorial elections are also holding legislative elections:

As part of a federal court ruling that invalidated its state legislative districts, the North Carolina General Assembly was ordered to hold special elections in the fall of 2017 with updated district lines. However, the US Supreme Court has put a hold on the 2017 election until it rules on the matter.[13][14]

Special elections

A February 25 special election for the Delaware Senate seat left vacant by Bethany Hall-Long when she became the state's lieutenant governor was won by Democrat Stephanie Hansen. The race attracted national attention not only because control of the state senate turned on it, but because Democrats nationwide, eager to see their opposition to Donald Trump count at the ballot box, donated to Hansen in great numbers, to the point that she and a friendly political action committee spent over a million dollars on the contest, a record both for a special election in Delaware and any race for that state's legislature.[15]

An April 18 special election[16] for the Georgia Senate seat left vacated by Judson Hill[17] when he decided to run for US Congress 6th district seat vacated by Tom Price who was appointed Health and Human Services Secretary. Democratic candidate Christine Triebsch[18] and Republican Candidate Kay Kirkpatrick[19] ran for the vacated Georgia State Senate seat, which was won by Kirkpatrick.

There was a special election in the heavily Republican New York Assembly District 9 on May 23, which was won by Democrat Christine Pellegrino 58–42. Trump had won the district with 60% of the vote.[20]

As of September 13, Democrats have picked up a total of six Republican held seats as a result of special elections. This includes the New York Assembly seat picked up by Christine Pellegrino, two seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives as well as two more in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and one seat in the Oklahoma Senate.[21] Republicans picked up a total of one seat, in the Louisiana House of Representatives where Republican John Stefanski won a special election to the seat vacated by Democratic incumbent Jack Montoucet, who resigned to be appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries by Governor John Bel Edwards.[22]

On September 26, Democrats flipped two more Republican-held seats. One was the Florida Senate seat formerly held by Frank Artiles, who had resigned after using racial slurs to describe fellow legislators. The seat was won by Annette Taddeo with 51% of the vote. The other was a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the third seat in that legislative body to change to Democratic control in 2017. [23]

On October 24 a special election will be held to elect a new State Representative for Strafford 13 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.[24]

Puerto Rican status referendum

A referendum regarding the political status of Puerto Rico was held on June 11. Puerto Rican voters were asked whether they prefer statehood, independence/free association, or maintain the current U.S. territorial status. This was the fifth such plebiscite overall, and the first one since 2012.[25] Because there were almost 500,000 blank ballots in that 2012 referendum, creating confusion as to the voters' true desire, Congress decided to ignore that vote and then subsequently allocated funds for holding this 2017 one.[26][27] 97% of the voters chose statehood in the referendum, though turnout was only at 23%.[28]

New York Constitutional Convention

Every 20 years, New York state is required to place before the voters a proposal to hold a constitutional convention the following year. This will take place in November 2017.

Local elections

Various elections will be held for officeholders in numerous cities, counties, school boards, special districts and others around the country.

Mayoral elections

Completed mayoral elections include:

Upcoming mayoral elections in 2017 include:


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