2010 United States Virgin Islands gubernatorial election
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The United States Virgin Islands gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010, and won by incumbent Democratic Governor John de Jongh. De Jongh was elected to his first term in 2006 with 57.3% of the vote over Kenneth Mapp.
Governor John de Jongh was elected to a second, full year-term, over independent Kenneth Mapp, in what was essentially a rematch of the 2006 gubernatorial runoff election.
- Governor: John de Jongh incumbent Governor (first elected in 2006)
Defeated in primary
- Adlah Donastorg Jr., seven-term U.S. Virgin Islands Senator (since January 1995); 2006 candidate for governor. Donastorg announced his candidacy on July 25, 2010.
- Gerard Luz James II, former Lieutenant Governor and president of the fifth Constitutional Convention
- James O'Bryan Jr., two-term chairman of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, former Senator, and Administrator of Saint Thomas and Water Island
- Pamela Richards Samuel, O'Bryan's running mate, former Commissioner of Tourism
- Kenneth Mapp, former Lieutenant Governor; gubernatorial candidate in 2006
Independent Citizens Movement
- Terrence "Positive" Nelson, U.S. Virgin Islands Senator, member of the Independent Citizens Movement (ICM) party
The gubernatorial primary was held on Saturday, September 11, 2010. The only contested primary was for the Democratic nomination.
In the four-way Democratic primary, incumbent Governor John de Jongh and Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis won the nomination with 7,487 votes (53%). Senator Adlah Donastorg Jr., who ran against de Jongh in 2006, placed second with 4,300 votes. Former Lieutenant Governor Gerard Luz James came in third place in the primary with 1,823 votes, while James O'Bryan Jr. placed fourth with 423 votes. Governor John de Jongh garnered more votes than all three of his Democratic challengers combined, who together earned 6,555 votes. In response to his 53% victory, de Jongh stated, "The combination of their votes by no means comes close to what we achieved this evening ... That feels very good." Second place candidate Senator Adlah Donastorg left the Virgin Islands Legislature when his term expired in January 2011, after seven terms in office. He told the Virgin Islands Daily News that he will return to the private sector after the election.
Former Lieutenant Governor Gerard Luz James, told the media he "accepted the people's decision," but also added in response to the election, "The people of the Virgin Islands showed me today that they really and truly endure mistreatment, endure corruption, endure mismanagement, and they also endure maltreatment to each other ... The only thing that I can see is continued destruction, and it's sad, sad, sad." James stated that he would not endorse Governor de Jongh for a second term stating, "Why should I endorse anyone when it shows me truly that the people don't want to have anything that is right?" James O'Bryan, who with running mate Pamela Richards Samuel received 432 votes, said, "The people have spoken, I respect their wishes, and I will go forward with this episode from now on." With the completion of the Democratic primary, Governor John de Jongh went on to face independent candidate Kenneth Mapp in the general election on November 2, 2010. de Jongh won the Election with 56.27% of the vote.
Primary election results
|Democratic||John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Gregory R. Francis||7,487||53.30|
|Democratic||Adlah A. "Foncie" Donastorg and Samuel Baptiste||4,300||30.61|
|Democratic||Gerard Luz James II and Glen J. Smith||1,823||12.98|
|Democratic||James A. O'Bryan, Jr. and Pamela R. Samuel||432||3.08|
The gubernatorial general election was held on November 2, 2010, with incumbent Governor John de Jongh being challenged by independent Kenneth Mapp, a former Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, for a second consecutive executive election. De Jongh had narrowly defeated Mapp in the 2006 gubernatorial runoff election.
The incumbent gubernatorial team of Gov. John de Jongh and Lt. Governor Gregory Francis won re-election to a second term in office, garnering 17,535 votes. The independent ticket of Kenneth Mapp and Malik Sekou placed second in the election, earning 13,580 votes. Mapp initially refused to concede despite trailing by a wide margin, citing voting irregularities.
General election results
|Democratic||John P. de Jongh, Jr. and Gregory R. Francis||17,535||56.27|
|Independent||Kenneth E. Mapp and Malik Sekou||13,580||43.58|
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