Republican George Allen (above) defeated former Attorney General Mary Sue Terry to become Virginia's first Republican governor in 12 years.
Republican Christie Whitman ousted Democratic Gov. Jim Florio, who had angered many voters by raising taxes.
New York City
Republican challenger Rudolph Giuliani, a former prosecutor, defeated incumbent Mayor David Dinkins, a Democrat, in one of the closest mayoral races in the city's history.
Thomas Menino became the first person elected mayor in more than 60 years without Irish heritage
Former state Supreme Court Justice Dennis Archer was elected mayor, ending a bitter campaign to succeed 20-year incumbent Coleman Young.