Virginia gubernatorial election, 1989
|Turnout||66.5% (voting eligible)
County and Independent City results
Wilder: 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
Coleman: 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
The Virginia gubernatorial election of 1989 was held on November 7, 1989. Incumbent
Jerry Baliles was unable to seek a second term due to term limits.
Democratic nominee and
L. Douglas Wilder went against former
Attorney General of Virginia
J. Marshall Coleman in one of the closest elections in Virginia history. Upon taking the oath of office in January 1990, Governor Wilder became the first African-American governor of Virginia, and the first African-American governor of any state since
Reconstruction more than one hundred years earlier.
Republican primary results
||J. Marshall Coleman
||Paul S. Trible, Jr.