Governor Races, 2022 Overview and Links                                                      

                                                 updated  Sept. 23, 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  [LITERATURE]
Thirty-six seats are at stake.  The Cook Political Report lists four seats as toss-ups—KS, NV and WI held by the Democrats and AZ held by a Republican.  Earlier in the year Cook listed seven seats as toss-ups, but MI, PA and GA have moved into the l"ikely" category.  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.  There are eight open seats.  Open seats can offer pick up opportunities, and Democrats are bullish on Maryland and Massachusetts, where popular Republican governors are not seeking re-election.  Looking at comparable recent cycles, as many as five to eight seats could change party control (>).  Former President Trump had a significant impact in some of the Republican primary races.  He endorsed in 20 gubernatorial primaries (>).  These included seven incumbents, two candidates who challenged Republican incumbents (GA-D.Perdue, ID-J.McGeachin) and eleven candidates running in open seats or against Democratic incumbents (AZ-K.Lake, AR-S.H.Sanders, IL-D.Bailey, KS-D.Schmidt, MD-D.Cox, MA-G.Diehl, MI-T.Dixon, NE-C.Herbster, NV-J.Lombardo, PA-D.Mastriano, WI-T.Michels).  For the non-incumbent races, Lake, Sanders, Bailey, Schmidt, Cox, Diehl, Dixon, Lombardo, Mastriano and Michels won, while Perdue, McGeachin and Herbster lost.  Top issues in many governors races include the economy, education, crime and handling of the COVID pandemic.    

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

CO
June 28
Jared Polis
Heidi Ganahl
Kevin Ruskusky (L)
Danielle Neuschwanger (ACP)
Bill Stevens (AV)
Paul Noel Fiorino (UP)
CT
Aug. 9
Ned Lamont
Bob Stefanowski
Rob Hotaling (IP)
HI
Aug. 13
David Ige ...term limited
>Josh Green
Duke Aiona
IL
June 28
J.B. Pritzker
Darren Bailey
Scott Schluter (L)
KS
Aug. 2
Laura Kelly
Derek Schmidt
Seth Cordell (L)
Dennis Pyle (I)
ME
June 14
Janet Mills
Paul LePage
Sam Hunkler (I)
MI
Aug. 2
Gretchen Whitmer
Tudor Dixon
Mary Buzuma (L)
Donna Brandenburg (USTP)
Kevin Hogan (G)
MN
Aug. 9
Tim Walz
Scott Jensen
Hugh McTavish (IAP)
Steve Patterson (GRP)
James McCaskel (LMN)
NV
June 14
Steve Sisolak
Joe Lombardo
Ed Bridges (IAP)
Brandon Davis (L)
NM
June 7
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Mark Ronchetti
Karen Bedonie (L)
NY
June 28
Kathy Hochul
Lee Zeldin
OR
May 17
Kate Brown  ...term limited 
>Tina Kotek
Christine Drazan
Donice Smith (C)
Betsy Johnson (I)
Nathalie Paravicini (PGP) 09/02
Paul Romero (II) w/in
PA
May 17
Tom Wolf  ...term limited
>Josh Shapiro
Doug Mastriano
Christina "PK" DiGiulio (G)
Matt Hackenburg (L)
Joe Soloski (K)
RI
Sep. 13
Dan McKee
Ashley Kalus
Zach Hurwitz (I)
Elijah Gizzarelli (L)
WI
Aug. 9
Tony Evers
Tim Michels
Joan Ellis Beglinger (I) 09/04

Primary
DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLICAN incumbents (20) ...5 open
THIRD PARTY/INDEP.
AL
May 24,
June 21
runoff: Yolanda Flowers
d. Malika Sanders Fortier
Kay Ivey
James "Jimmy" Blake (L)
AK
Aug. 16
Les Gara
Mike Dunleavy
Charlie Pierce
Bill Walker (I)
AZ
Aug. 2
Katie Hobbs
Doug Ducey  ...term limited
>Kari Lake
AR
May 24
Chris Jones
Asa Hutchinson ...term limited 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Ricky Dale Harrington (L)
FL
Aug. 23
Charlie Crist
Ron DeSantis
Hector Roos (L)
Carmen Jackie Giménez (NPA)
Jodi Jeloudov (NPA)
GA
May 24
Stacey Abrams
Brian Kemp
Shane Hazel (L)
ID
May 17
Stephen Heidt
Brad Little
Paul Sand (L)
Chantyrose Davison (C)
Ammon Bundy (I)
IA
June 7
Deidre DeJear
Kim Reynolds
Rick Stewart (L)
MD
July 19
Wes Moore
Larry Hogan  ...term limited
>Dan Cox
David Lashar (L)
Nancy Wallace (G)
Dave Harding (WCP)
Kyle Sefcik (I) w/in
MA
Sept. 20
Maura Healey
Charlie Baker ...announced Dec. 1, 2021 would not seek a third term
Geoff Diehl
Kevin Reed (L)
NE
May 10
Carol Blood
Pete Ricketts ...term limited
>Jim Pillen
Scott Zimmerman (L)
NH
Sept. 13
Tom Sherman
Chris Sununu
Karlyn Borysenko (L)
OH
May 3
Nan Whaley
Mike DeWine
Niel Petersen (I)
OK
June 28
Joy Hofmeister
Kevin Stitt
Natalie Bruno (L)
SC
June 14
Joe Cunningham
Henry McMaster
Bruce Reeves (L)
Gary M. Votour (Lab.)

SD
June 7
Jamie Smith
Kristi Noem
Tracey Quint (L)
TN
Aug. 4
Jason Martin
Bill Lee
Constance Every (I), John Gentry (I), Basil Marceaux (I), Charles Van Morgan (I), Alfred O'Neil (I) Deborah Rouse (I), Michael E. Scantland (I) and Rick Tyler (I).   Lemichael Wilson (L, w/in)
TX
Mar. 1
Beto O'Rourke
Greg Abbott
Mark Tippetts (L)
Delilah Barrios (G)
VT
Aug. 9
Brenda Siegel
Phil Scott
Peter Duval (I)
Kevin Hoyt (I)
Bernard Peters (I)
WY
Aug. 16
Theresa Livingston
Mark Gordon
Note: These lists do not include write-in candidates unless the candidate specifically emails to request inclusion.



 



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

21-AL runoff

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

19-MD

2-AZ
2-KS
2-MI

4-TN

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

13-HI

16-WY

23-FL

16-AK

6-MA

13-NH
13-RI



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]
 


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