Virginia’s 2021 Governor Race

Virginia Governor Candidates: three photos of Glenn Youngkin (R), Terry McAuliffe (D), and Princess Blanding (I)

UPDATE June 25: Check out information about the Republican convention, Democratic primary, and independent governor candidate Princess Blanding at the Virginia Public Access Project.

Virginia will be electing a new governor this fall (our governors aren’t allowed to run for re-election right after their term) and here’s what’s happening so far:

Republicans will be holding a convention (check out more on Virginia Public Access Project or Ballotpedia) on May 8, 2021, to choose their candidate for November.

Democrats will have a primary (check out more on Virginia Public Access Project or Ballotpedia) to choose between their candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Voting in the primary begins Friday, April 24th, and runs Monday – Friday, plus the last two Saturdays (May 29th and June 5th) before Primary Election Day on June 8, 2021. (There is only a primary for Democratic candidates this year; there is no Republic primary for governor in Virginia in 2021.) Check out the SAMPLE BALLOT for the Democratic primary.

Independent (non-party affiliated) will also be on the November ballot: Ballotopedia mentions three, Princess Blanding, Paul Davis, and Brad Froman.

Debates have already started; you can watch the Democratic candidate debates from April 6 or March 16 on YouTube. Republican candidates debated April 19th.