United States gubernatorial elections, 1961

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1961

← 1960 November 7, 1961 1962 →

2 state governorships

  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 34 governorships 16 governorships
Seats before 34 16
Seats after 34 16
Seat change Steady Steady

  Democratic holds
  Democratic pickups
  Republican holds
  Republican pickups

United States gubernatorial elections were held on 7 November 1961, in two states.


State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
New Jersey Robert B. Meyner Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Richard J. Hughes (Democratic) 50.37%
James P. Mitchell (Republican) 48.74%
Reinhart V. Metzger (Conservative) 0.27%
Henry B. Krajewski (Veterans Bonus Now) 0.18%
Edward J. Lueddeke (Prosperity with Liberty) 0.12%
G. George Addonizio (Independent) 0.11%
Albert Ronis (Socialist Labor) 0.10%
Daniel Petrino (State Soldiers Bonus) 0.07%
Ruth F. Shiminsky (Socialist Workers) 0.05%[1]
Virginia J. Lindsay Almond Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Albertis Harrison (Democratic) 63.85%
H. Clyde Pearson (Republican) 36.14%
Write-ins 0.02%[2]


  1. ^ "NJ Governor, 1961". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "VA Governor, 1961". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
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