1937 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections, 1937

← 1936 November 2, 1937 1938 →

2 state governorships
  Majority party Minority party
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 38 governorships 7 governorships
Seats before 38 7
Seats after 39 6
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1

     Democratic gain      Democratic hold
     Republican gain      Republican hold

United States gubernatorial elections were held on 2 November 1937, in two states. Virginia holds its gubernatorial elections in odd numbered years, every 4 years, following the United States presidential election year. New Jersey at this time held gubernatorial elections every 3 years, which it would abandon in 1949.


State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
New Jersey Harold G. Hoffman Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory John S. Battle (Democratic) 50.84%
Lester H. Clee (Republican) 47.75%
James E. Murray (Independent Labor) 0.65%
Scattering 0.76%
Virginia George C. Peery Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory James Hubert Price (Democratic) 82.78%
J. Powell Royall (Republican) 15.78%
Donald Burke (Communist) 0.78%
James Arthur Edgerton (Prohibition) 0.66%


  1. ^ "NJ Governor, 1937". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "VA Governor, 1937". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 16 March 2019.