Governor Races, 2022 Overview                                                       

                                                 updated  May 11, 2022  

Current Balance:  27 Republicans, 23 Democrats.
36 seats at stake:  16 held by Democrats, 20 by Republicans.
8 open...  7 term limited:  3 Democrats, 4 Republicans. 
...plus 1 Retirement:  1 Republican.
Term-limited - D: Ige-HI, Brown-OR, Wolf-PA; R: Ducey-AZ, Hutchinson-AR, Logan-MD, Ricketts-NE.  Retirement -
R: Baker-MA.
See also:  DGA  |  RGA || Cook Political Report  |  Sabato's Crystal Ball  ||  politics1.com   ||   NCSL Primary Dates   
 
2022
Thirty-six seats are at stakeThe Cook Political Report lists seven seats as toss-ups, five held by Democrats (KS, MI, NV, PA, WI and AZ, GA).  A Jan. 1 article in The Hill named Democrats as six of the seven most vulnerable incumbents (KS, ME, MI, NV, NM, WI and GA).  There are eight open seats.  Open seats can offer pick up opportunities, and Democrats are certainly eyeing Maryland and Massachusetts, where popular Republican governors are not seeking re-election.  Former President Trump has endorsed in fifteen races (>); two of these candidates are challenging Republican incumbents (GA-D.Perdue, ID-J.McGeachin) and seven running in open seats or against Democratic incumbents (AZ-K.Lake, AR-S.H.Sanders, KS-D.Schmidt, MD-D.Cox, MA-G.Diehl, NE-C.Herbster, NV-J.Lombardo).  Incumbent governors are rarely defeated in primaries, but several governors do face competitive primaries.  On the Democratic side, few incumbents appear to face significant primary challenges.  Top issues in many governors races include the economy, education and handling of the COVID pandemic.  More than half of the 2022 races are likely to be non-competitive; the Cook Political Report lists 20 seats as solidly Democratic or Republican.  Looking at comparable recent cycles, it is likely that from five to eight seats will change party control (>). 
Governor Primary Dates

March

April 

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.


1-TX



3-OH

10-NE

17-ID
17-OR
17-PA

24-AL
24-AR
24-GA

7-CA
7-IA
7-NM
7-SD

14-ME
14-NV
14-SC

28-CO
28-IL
28-MD*
28-NY

19-MD

2-AZ
2-KS
2-MI

4-TN

9-CT
9-MN
9-VT
9-WI

13-HI

16-WY

23-FL
23-OK

16-AK

13-NH
13-RI

20-MA

On Mar. 15, 2022, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued an order moving the primary date from June 28 to July 19.  No primaries in April.  [PRIMARY LITERATURE]


Primary
DEMOCRATIC incumbents (16) ...3 open
REPUBLICAN challenger
THIRD PARTY/INDEP.
CA
June 7
Gavin Newsom


CO
June 28
Jared Polis


CT
Aug. 9
Ned Lamont


HI
Aug. 13
David Ige ...term limited

IL
June 28
J.B. Pritzker


KS
Aug. 2
Laura Kelly


ME
June 14
Janet Mills


MI
Aug. 2
Gretchen Whitmer


MN
Aug. 9
Tim Walz


NV
June 14
Steve Sisolak


NM
June 7
Michelle Lujan Grisham


NY
June 28
Kathy Hochul


OR
May 17
Kate Brown  ...term limited


PA
May 17
Tom Wolf  ...term limited

RI
Sep. 13
Dan McKee


WI
Aug. 9
Tony Evers



Primary
DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLICAN incumbents (20) ...5 open
THIRD PARTY/INDEP.
AL
May 24

Kay Ivey

AK
Aug. 16

Mike Dunleavy

AZ
Aug. 2

Doug Ducey  ...term limited

AR
May 24

Asa Hutchinson ...term limited

FL
Aug. 23

Ron DeSantis

GA
May 24

Brian Kemp

ID
May 17

Brad Little

IA
June 7

Kim Reynolds

MD
July19

Larry Hogan  ...term limited

MA
Sept. 20

Charlie Baker ...announced Dec. 1, 2021 would not seek a third term

NE
May 10
Carol Blood
Pete Ricketts ...term limited  Jim Pillen Scott Zimmerman
NH
Sept. 13

Chris Sununu

OH
May 3
Nan Whaley
Mike DeWine

OK
Aug. 23

Kevin Stitt

SC
June 14

Henry McMaster

SD
June 7

Kristi Noem

TN
Aug. 4

Bill Lee

TX
Mar. 1
Beto O'Rourke
Greg Abbott
Mark Tippets (L)
Delilah Barrios (G)
VT
Aug. 9

Phil Scott

WY
Aug. 16

Mark Gordon



Pre-Primary: Incumbents and Retirements 



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