Nov. 8, 2016 Governor Races

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At Stake: 12 Seats
 

Democrats Republicans Third Party/Independent
Delaware




Indiana




Missouri

R





Montana





New Hampshire

R





North Carolina

D





North Dakota





Oregon




Utah





Vermont

R





Washington





West Virginia

Overview
Twelve governorships were at stake*, eight held by Democrats and four by Republicans.
There were seven open seats, five held by Democrats and two by Republicans. Republicans managed to build on their already strong position, taking the balance from 31R, 18D and 1I to 33R, 16D and 1I."* Of five incumbents seeking re-election, only Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) was defeated. Eight new governors were elected, three Democrats and five Republicans. The GOP picked up governor's offices in three states (MO, NH and VT), while Democrats achieved a pick up in one (NC).  
*Does not include Puerto Rico and American Samoa.

**WV Gov. Jim Justice, elected as a Democrat, switched to the Republican Party on Aug. 3, 2017.


After Nov. 8, 2016





   Margin of Victory in Percentage Points
25.01 +
20.01-25.0
15.01-20.0
10.01-15.0
5.01-10.0
0-5.0
0-5.0
5.01-10.0
10.01-15.0
15.01-20.0
20.01-25.0
25.01 +


DE 19.16

WV 6.79
OR 7.17
WA 8.78
NC 0.22*
MT 3.89
NH 2.27*
MO 5.57*
IN 5.96
VT 8.74*



UT 38.00
ND 57.13


More Facts & Figs

  • Only 2 of the 24 major party nominees were women.

  • Closest race was in North Carolina, where Roy Cooper (D) defeated Pat McCrory (R) by 0.22 percentage points (10,277 votes out of 4,711,014 votes cast).

  • Most lopsided race was in North Dakota, where the Burgum/Sanford (R) ticket defeated Nelson/Heckaman (D-NPL) by 57.13 percentage points.

  • Major party nominees included 6 outsider candidates (no experience in elective office): Eric Greitens (R-MO), Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Doug Burgum (R-ND), Bud Pierce (R-OR), Mike Weinholtz (D-UT) and Jim Justice (D-WV).

  • Best showing by a third party or independent candidate: in West Virginia, Charlotte Pritt (Mountain Party) obtained 5.89% of the vote.

  • The Center for Public Integrity reported that more than $128 million was spent on ads in the 2016 governors' races including primaries (>).



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