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this page updated November 12, 2017

Governors Races, 2017-18               

  • Starting balance Jan. 2018:  33R, 16D, 1I*.
  • 36 seats at stake in 2018:  9D, 26R, 1I. (plus 3 terr.)
  • 14 term-limited:  2D, 12R.
  • 22 eligible for re-election:  7D, 14R1I.
  • 3 retirements:  2D, 1R.
  • 19 seeking re-election:  5D, 13R, 1I.
  • Balance after Nov. 6, 2018:  tbd.

*Includes VA and NJ Nov. 7, 2017.

Overview: Following West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's switch to the Republican Party on Aug. 3, 2017, Democrats were at an all time low, holding just 15 governorships to 34 for Republicans and 1 Independent.  Democrats picked up New Jersey in the Nov. 2017 off-year elections.  In Nov. 2018 they will have ample opportunity to make further gains.  Of 36 seats at stake, Republicans hold 26, and half of those will be open (12 term-limited and 1 retirement).  Three Republican incumbents ascended to the governorship and are seeking election in their own right: Govs. Kay Ivey (AL), Kim Reynolds (IA) and Henry McMaster (SC).  Democratic Gov. David Ige (HI) faces what looks like the strongest primary challenge.

Links:  DGA  [Organization] |   RGA  [Organization]
NGA   |   Center on the American Governor
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball
The Cook Political Report


Primary
DEM. INCUMBENTS
CA
June 5
Jerry Brown  ...term limited
CO
June 26
John Hickenlooper  ...term limited
CT
Aug. 14
Dan Malloy  ...retiring
HI
Aug. 11
David Ige
MN
Aug. 14
Mark Dayton  ...retiring
NY
Sep. 11
Andrew Cuomo
OR
May 15
Kate Brown
PA
May 15
Tom Wolf
RI
Sep. 12
Gina Raimondo


Primary
REP. INCUMBENTS
AL
June 5
Kay Ivey
AZ
Aug. 28 Doug Ducey
AR
May 22
Asa Hutchinson
FL
Aug. 28
Rick Scott  ...term limited
GA
May 22
Nathan Deal  ...term limited
ID
May 15
Butch Otter  ...retiring
IL
Mar. 20
Bruce Rauner
IA
June 5
Kim Reynolds
KS
Aug. 7
Sam Brownback  ...term limited
ME
June 12
Paul LePage  ...term limited
MD
June 26
Larry Hogan
MA
tbd
Charlie Baker
MI
Aug. 7
Rick Snyder  ...term limited
NE
May 15
Pete Ricketts, fb
NV
June 12
Brian Sandoval  ...term limited
NH
Sep. 11
Chris Sununu, fb
NM
June 5
Susana Martinez  ...term limited
OH
May 8
John Kasich  ...term limited
OK
June 5
Mary Fallin  ...term limited
SC
June 26
Henry McMaster
SD
June 5
Dennis Daugaard  ...term limited
TN
Aug. 2
Bill Haslam  ...term limited
TX
May 22
Greg Abbott
VT
Aug. 14
Phil Scott
WI
Aug. 14
Scott Walker
WY
Aug. 21
Matt Mead  ...term limited


Primary
IND. INCUMBENT
AK
Aug. 21
Bill Walker

Also

Primary
REP.
IND.
CNMI

Ralph D. G. Torres

GU

Eddie Calvo

USVI


Kenneth E. Mapp

Gubernatorial Primary Dates
Mar.

May
June

Aug.
Sept.
20-IL

8-OH
15-ID
15-NE
15-OR
15-PA
22-AR
22-GA
22-TX
5-AL
5-CA
5-IA
5-NM
5-OK
5-SD
12-ME
12-NV
26-CO
26-MD
26-SC

2-TN
7-KS
7-MI
11-HI
14-CT
14-MN
14-VT
14-WI
21-AK
21-WY
28-AZ
28-FL
11-NH
11-NY
12-RI
none in Apr., July; tbd: MA            
NCSL Primary Dates

Incumbents Seeking Re-election (or Election)



2017 Governors
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DEM.
REP.

NJ
June 6
Phil Murphy/
Sheila Oliver
Chris Christie  ...term limited
Kim Guadagno/
Carlos Rendo
G.Genovese (I)
P.Rohrman (L)
S.Kaper-Dale (G)
M.Riccardi (C)
V.Ross (I)

VA
June 13
Terry McAuliffe  ...term limited
Ralph Northam
Ed Gillespie
C.Hyra (L)

 

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