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While odd-year elections are not as prominent as those that fall on even years, there were still some big races on November 2, 2021. Voters elected governors and state lawmakers in Virginia and New Jersey and weighed in on two dozen ballot measures in six states. 


2021 Gubernatorial Elections

Virginia

In Virginia, Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated former governor Terry McAuliffe (D) as the replacement for term-limited incumbent Governor Northam (D). Polls showed a tightening race up through election day. While Virginia has voted reliably Democratic in the last few cycles,  Republicans won every statewide office up for election on Nov. 2.  

New Jersey

In New Jersey, incumbent Governor Phil Murphy (D) squeezed out a victory over challenger Jack Ciattarelli (R). The race was much closer than expected. Governor Murphy becomes the first Democratic governor to win reelection in New Jersey since 1977.

2021 State Legislative Elections

Virginia

Republicans flipped the Virginia House of Delegates back into their control by gaining seven seats in the Nov. 2 elections. After gaining control of the chamber in 2019 for the first time in 20 years, the Democratic majority was short-lived.  The Virginia Senate was not up for elections in 2021. 

New Jersey

Democrats will hold on to majorities in both chambers of the New Jersey General Assembly in 2022. But there number will be diminished in both chambers.  All 40 state senate seats and all 80 assembly seats were up for election on Nov. 2. It appears that Republicans gained six seats in the house and at least one seat in the senate. This includes the defeat of the current Senate President. 

2021 Ballot Measures

Voters approved 14 out of 24 statewide ballot measures in six states on Nov. 2. Below is a chart of all 24 ballot measures with links to the full text of the proposed measure. 

StateTypeTitleResult
ColoradoCombined Initiated Constitutional Amendment and State StatuteAmendment 78, Custodial Fund Appropriations InitiativeFailed
ColoradoInitiated State StatuteProposition 119, Creation of Out-of-School Education Program and Marijuana Sales Tax Increase InitiativeFailed
ColoradoInitiated State StatuteProposition 120, Reduce Property Tax Rates and Retain $25 Million in TABOR Surplus Revenue InitiativeFailed
MaineIndirect Initiated State StatuteQuestion 1, Electric Transmission Line Restrictions and Legislative Approval InitiativeApproved
MaineBond IssueQuestion 2, Transportation Infrastructure Bond IssueApproved
MaineLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentQuestion 3, Right to Produce, Harvest, and Consume Food AmendmentApproved
New JerseyLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentPublic Question 1, Sports Betting on State College Athletics AmendmentFailed
New JerseyLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentPublic Question 2, Raffle Money for Organizations AmendmentApproved
New YorkLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposal 1, Redistricting Changes AmendmentFailed
New YorkLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposal 2, Environmental Rights AmendmentApproved
New YorkLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposal 3, Remove 10-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement AmendmentFailed
New YorkLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposal 4, Allow for No-Excuse Absentee Voting AmendmentFailed
New YorkLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposal 5, NYC Civil Court Jurisdiction AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 1, Authorize Charitable Raffles at Rodeo Venues AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 2, Authorize Counties to Issue Infrastructure Bonds in Blighted Areas AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 3, Prohibition on Limiting Religious Services or Organizations AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 4, Changes to Eligibility for Certain Judicial Offices AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 5, State Commission on Judicial Conduct Authority Over Candidates for Judicial Office AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 6, Right to Designated Essential Caregiver AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 7, Homestead Tax Limit for Surviving Spouses of Disabled Individuals AmendmentApproved
TexasLegislatively Referred Constitutional AmendmentProposition 8, Homestead Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Military Fatally Injured in the Line of Duty AmendmentApproved
WashingtonAdvisory QuestionAdvisory Vote 36, Nonbinding Question on Telephone Tax to Fund Behavioral Health Crisis Response and Suicide PreventionFailed
WashingtonAdvisory QuestionAdvisory Vote 37, Nonbinding Question on Capital Gains Tax to Fund Education and Child CareFailed
WashingtonAdvisory QuestionAdvisory Vote 38, Nonbinding Question on Captive Insurers TaxFailed