Governor Races, 2022 Overview and Links                                                      

                                                 updated  July 1, 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 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 19 gubernatorial  races (>).  These include seven incumbents, two candidates who challenged Republican incumbents (GA-D.Perdue, ID-J.McGeachin) and ten 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, NE-C.Herbster, NV-J.Lombardo, PA-D.Mastriano, WI-T.Michels).  Sanders, Bailey, Lombardo and Mastriano won, while Perdue, McGeachin and Herbster lost.  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, as many as five to eight seats could 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
Brian Dahle

CO
June 28
Jared Polis
Heidi Ganahl
Kevin Ruskowsky (L)
Danielle Neuschwanger (ACP)
CT
Aug. 9
Ned Lamont


HI
Aug. 13
David Ige ...term limited

IL
June 28
J.B. Pritzker
Darren Bailey
Scott Schluter (L)
KS
Aug. 2
Laura Kelly


ME
June 14
Janet Mills
Paul LePage
Sam Hunkler (I)
MI
Aug. 2
Gretchen Whitmer


MN
Aug. 9
Tim Walz
Scott Jensen
Hugh McTavish (IAP)
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
Nathalie Paravicini (PGP) >
R. Leon Noble (L)
Donice Noelle Smith (C) >
Betsy Johnson (I)
PA
May 17
Tom Wolf  ...term limited
Josh Shapiro
Doug Mastriano
Christina "PK" DiGiulio (G)
Matt Hackenburg (L)
RI
Sep. 13
Dan McKee


WI
Aug. 9
Tony Evers



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
Bill Walker (I)
AZ
Aug. 2
Katie Hobbs or Marco Lopez
Doug Ducey  ...term limited

AR
May 24
Chris Jones
Asa Hutchinson ...term limited 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Ricky Dale Harrington (L)
FL
Aug. 23

Ron DeSantis

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

Larry Hogan  ...term limited
David Lashar (L)
Kyle Sefcik (I)
MA
Sept. 20
Maura Healey
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 (L)
NH
Sept. 13

Chris Sununu
Karlyn Borysenko (L)
OH
May 3
Nan Whaley
Mike DeWine
Neil Petersen (I)
OK
Aug. 23
Joy Hofmeister
Kevin Stitt
Natalie Bruno (L)
SC
June 14
Joe Cunningham
Henry McMaster
Gary M. Votour (Lab.)
SD
June 7
Jamie Smith
Kristi Noem

TN
Aug. 4

Bill Lee

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

WY
Aug. 16

Mark Gordon










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