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Louisiana Governor|By Charlie Cook, November 13, 2015

To be honest, I am very surprised that the Louisiana governor’s race has become hotly contested. I didn’t expect that we would move it to the Toss Up as we did on October 26 just after the primary, and even more so now that we are calling Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter the underdog, and moving the rating to Lean Democrat. This rating change says little about the overall politics of...

GOVERNORS OVERVIEW|By Charlie Cook, November 10, 2015

Just a week ago, before the off-year elections, Democratic strategists were feeling bullish about their prospects in the South. In Louisiana, a Democrat had surpassed the state’s senior senator on October 24 in the first round of voting for the next governor. In Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, opinion polls showed Jack Conway, the state’s Democratic attorney general, holding a small but...

Louisiana Governor|By Jennifer Duffy, October 2, 2015

Voters in Louisiana head to the polls in just three weeks for the first round in the process of selecting a successor to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is term limited. The conventional wisdom has long held that the race is GOP Sen. David Vitter’s to lose, but recent polling and a barrage of negative ads aimed at Vitter suggests that the race is closer than it ought to be. The reality,...

GOVERNORS OVERVIEW|By Jennifer Duffy, September 11, 2015

North Dakota: Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced in late August that he would not seek a second full term in 2016. There is no shortage of credible, first-tier candidates on the Republican side. The two getting the most mention are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley. Strategists say that it is unlikely that they will both run, suggesting that the two will meet to...

Kentucky Governor|By Jennifer Duffy, July 31, 2015

Back in May, we moved this race from Toss Up to Lean Democratic. The Republican primary produced a weak nominee in businessman Matt Bevin, while Democratic nominee Attorney General Jay Conway is an experienced candidate who has been elected statewide. Our belief that Conway had an advantage in the general election was bolstered by the reaction of Republican strategists in the state who called...

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Seats Up in 2015 Toss Up Lean D Likely D Solid D Seats Up in 2016 Seats Up in 2017 Seats Up in 2018
Democrats (18) 1 0 1 0 0 7 1 11
Republicans (31) 2 1 0 0 1 4 1 24
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Races Up in 2014, the Democratic seats include Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I)

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Jennifer Duffy, Senior Editor

Jennifer Duffy is Senior Editor for The Cook Political Report, where she is responsible for U.S. Senate and Governors races.
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