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United States elections, 2011

2011 United States elections
Off-year elections
Election day November 8
Congressional special elections
Seats contested 4
Net change 0
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 4
Net change 0
2011 Gubernatorial election results map: Red: Republican holds, Blue: Democratic holds, Gray: No election
2011 Gubernatorial election results map
  Democratic hold
  Republican hold

The United States general elections of 2011 were held (for the most part) on Tuesday, November 8. This was an off-year election, in which the only seats up for election in the United States Congress were special elections. There were also four gubernatorial races, including a special election in West Virginia. There were also state legislative elections in four states and judicial elections in three states; as well as numerous citizen initiatives, mayoral races, and a variety of other local offices on the ballot.


  • Federal elections 1
    • Congressional elections 1.1
  • State elections 2
    • Gubernatorial elections 2.1
    • Other state-wide officer elections 2.2
    • State & Territorial legislative elections 2.3
    • Initiatives and referendums 2.4
    • Judicial elections 2.5
  • Municipal elections 3
  • External links 4

Federal elections

Congressional elections

No regularly scheduled elections for the United States Congress occurred in 2011, and instead only four special elections were held. Eventually, there was no net seat changes by the political parties.

In addition, a primary election was held in Oregon's 1st congressional district on November 8, for the seat left open after the resignation of David Wu; the special election for this seat then occurred on January 31, 2012. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici was elected on that date to replace Wu.

State elections

Gubernatorial elections

There were three regularly scheduled elections and one special election for governorships in 2011. None of these four changed party hands.

Other state-wide officer elections

In the first three of the aforementioned states, elections for state executive branch offices of Lieutenant Governor (in a separate election in Louisiana and Mississippi and on the same ticket as the gubernatorial nominee in Kentucky), Secretary of state, state Treasurer, state Auditor, state Attorney General, and Commissioners of Insurance and Agriculture were held. In addition, there were elections for Kentucky and Mississippi's state appellate courts, respectively.

State & Territorial legislative elections

Four states - Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia - and one U.S. territory, the Northern Mariana Islands, elected their state or territorial legislators in 2011.

See also: 2011 state legislative elections on Ballotpedia.

Initiatives and referendums

Nine states, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Washington State, had measures certified for the 2011 ballot. Among those that attracted the most attention were an Ohio referendum that repealed legislation that limits collective bargaining for public employees, and a failed constitutional amendment in Mississippi that would have defined "personhood" as beginning at the fertilization of an embryo.

See also: 2011 ballot measures and potential 2011 ballot measures on Ballotpedia.

Judicial elections

Four states, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, had judicial elections in 2011. Additional states such as Arizona, Nevada and Ohio had municipal judicial elections in 2011.

See also: 2011 Judicial Elections on Judgepedia.

Municipal elections

Nationwide, various cities, counties, school boards, special districts and others elected officers in 2011. Some were held on November 8 while others were held at other times throughout the year.

Some of the high-profile mayoral elections included the following:

External links

  • Lessons from Election 2011
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