Nov. 3, 2020 Governor Races

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At Stake: 11 Seats
Before Nov. 3: 26R, 24D.

DE  -  IN  -  MO  -  MT  -  NH  -  NC  -  ND  -  UT  -  VT  -   WA  -  WV 


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After Nov. 3: 27R, 23D.

  
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 20.83

WA 13.44

NC 4.51


MT 12.87
MO 15.70
IN 24.46
ND 30.46
NH 31.62
UT 33.09
WV 33.94
VT 41.13
 

Several More Facts & Figs

  • All nine incumbents seeking re-election (or, in Missouri, election) won their races.  Two new governors were elected, Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Spencer Cox (R-UT).  Montana was the only change in party control.
  • Only three of the 22 major party nominees were women: Julianne Murray (R-DE), Nicole Galloway (D-MO) and Shelley Lenz (D-NPL-ND).
  • Only one major party nominee, Woody Myers (D-IN), was a member of a minority group.
  • The closest race, as in 2016, was in North Carolina; Gov. Roy Cooper (D) defeated Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R) by 4.51 percentage points.
  • An eye-opening five of the 11 races were decided by more than 30 percentage points, all in favor of Republicans.  While North Dakota, Utah and West Virginia are seen as red states, the wide margins in New Hampshire and Vermont were surprising and can be attributed to voter approval of those governors' handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Best showing by a third party or independent candidate: in Indiana the Libertarian ticket of Donald Rainwater/William Henry garnered 11.44% of the vote.


Debates

In five states there was only one gubernatorial debate, in five states there were two gubernatorial debates, and Vermont had four gubernatorial debates.  In three states there were more than just the two major party candidates participating (*).  Debate organizers made various adjustments to avoid spread of the coronavirus, eliminating audiences, instituting social distancing and sometimes having the candidates in remote locations.

DE
IN
MO
MT
NH
NC
ND
UT
VT
WA
WV
Oct. 13
Oct. 28
Oct. 20*
Oct. 27*

Oct. 9* Oct. 3
Oct. 6
Oct. 19
Oct. 20
Oct. 14 Oct. 21* Sept. 25
Sept. 29
Sept. 24
Sept. 29
Oct. 1
Oct. 7
Oct. 7 Oct. 13

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