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|Election day||November 4|
|Congressional special elections|
|Net seat change||Republican +1|
|Net seat change||0|
|1997 Gubernatorial election results map|
| Republican gain Republican hold|
The 1997 United States elections were off-year elections were held on Tuesday, November 4, 1997, comprising 2 gubernatorial races, 3 congressional special elections, and a plethora of other local elections across the United States. No Senate special elections were held.
In 1997, three special elections were held to fill vacancies to the 105th United States Congress. They were for Texas's 28th congressional district, New Mexico's 3rd congressional district, and New York's 13th congressional district.
|District||Date||Predecessor||Winner||Cause of vacancy|
|Texas 28||April 12, 1997||Frank Tejeda (D)||Henry Bonilla (R)||Died.|
|New Mexico 3||May 13, 1997||Bill Richardson (D)||Bill Redmond (R)||Resigned upon appointment as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.|
|New York 13||November 4, 1997||Susan Molinari (R)||Vito Fossella (R)||Resigned to become anchor of CBS This Morning.|
Several statewide elections were held this year, most notably the gubernatorial elections in two U.S. States and one U.S. territory.
Main article: 1997 United States gubernatorial elections
Two gubernatorial elections were held in 1997 in New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Virginia in which both seats were held by the Republican Party. Another gubernatorial race was held in the Northern Mariana Islands as well which resulted as a Republican gain.
|New Jersey||Christine Todd Whitman||Republican||Re-elected, 47.1%||Jim McGreevey (Democratic) 46.0%|
Murray Sabrin (Libertarian) 4.7%
Richard Pezzullo (Conservative) 1.5%
Madelyn Hoffman (Green) 0.4%
Michael Perrone (Independent) 0.3%
Robert Miller (Socialist Workers) 0.1%
|Northern Mariana Islands||Froilan Tenorio||Democratic||Defeated, 27.27%||Pedro Tenorio (Republican) 46.47%|
Jesse Borja (Independent) 26.26%
|Virginia||George Allen||Republican||Term-limited, Republican victory||Jim Gilmore (Republican) 55.8%|
Don Beyer (Democratic) 42.6%
Sue DeBauche (Reform) 1.5%
Note: Candidates' vote percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth of one percent. Candidates earning 0.05% or more of the vote are included.
Elections were also held in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Peoria, among several other cities in the country.
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