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this page updated June 12, 2018

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.  Term limited includes Sam Brownback (R-KS), who resigned effective Jan. 31, 2018 to serve as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.  Colyer is seeking election in his own right, but faces a crowded primary.

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.  The Illinois campaign looks like it will be the most expensive of the governors' races.

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


Primary
DEM. INCUMBENTS
REP. CHALLENGER
MORE
CA
June 5
Jerry Brown  ...term limited
Gavin Newsom
John Cox
n/a
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
Knute Buehler Patrick Starnes (IP)
PA
May 15
Tom Wolf
Scott Wagner
Paul Glover (G)
Ken Krawchuk (L)
RI
Sep. 12
Gina Raimondo




Primary
REP. INCUMBENTS DEM. CHALLENGER
MORE
AL
June 5
Kay Ivey
Walt Maddox

AZ
Aug. 28 Doug Ducey


AR
May 22
Asa Hutchinson
Jared Henderson
Mark West (L)
FL
Aug. 28
Rick Scott  ...term limited

GA
May 22
Nathan Deal  ...term limited
Primary runoff: July 24 C.Cagle v. M.Kemp
Stacey Abrams
Ted Metz (L)
ID
May 15
Butch Otter  ...retiring 
Brad Little
Paulette Jordan
Bev "Angel" Boeck (L)
IL
Mar. 20
Bruce Rauner
JB Pritzker
Sam McCann (I)
William Kelly (C)
Kash Jackson (L)

IA
June 5
Kim Reynolds
Fred Hubbell
Jake Porter (L)
KS
Aug. 7
Sam Brownback  ...term limited Jeff Colyer

ME
June 12
Paul LePage  ...term limited Shawn Moody tbd >
Terry Hayes (I)
Alan Caron (I)
MD
June 26
Larry Hogan


MA
Sep. 4
Charlie Baker


MI
Aug. 7
Rick Snyder  ...term limited

NE
May 15
Pete Ricketts, fb
Bob Krist

NV
June 12
Brian Sandoval  ...term limited Adam Laxalt Steve Sisolak
Russell Best (IAP)
Jared Lord (L)
Ryan Bundy (I)
NH
Sep. 11
Chris Sununu, fb


NM
June 5
Susana Martinez  ...term limited
Steve Pearce
Michelle Lujan Grisham

OH
May 8
John Kasich  ...term limited
Mike DeWine
Richard Cordray
C.Gadell-Newton (G)
OK
June 26
Mary Fallin  ...term limited

SC
June 26
Henry McMaster


SD
June 5
Dennis Daugaard  ...term limited
Kristi Noem
Billie Sutton
Terry LeFleur (C)
CJ Abernathey (L)
TN
Aug. 2
Bill Haslam  ...term limited

TX
Mar. 6
Greg Abbott
Primary runoff May 22
Lupe Valdez
Janis Richards (G)
Mark Tippetts (L)
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-SD
12-ME
12-NV
26-CO
26-MD
26-OK
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
4-MA
11-NH
11-NY
12-RI
none in Apr., July.       
NCSL Primary Dates



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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