Countless hours and tens of thousands of words have been expended since Tuesday night dissecting the results of the gubernatorial contests in New Jersey and Virginia. The objective is to discern what it all means – what it means for the 2014 mid-term elections, what it means for the 2016 presidential election, what it means for the Tea Party activists and establishment Republicans, what...
Governors: Recent Updates
There are 40 days until Virginia voters select their next Governor. Voters don’t seem especially enthusiastic about the race between former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. In fact, it often feels that many voters are more determined to cast their ballots against a candidate than for one. Even so...
In some odd years, gubernatorial races and special congressional elections offer a foreshadowing, or at least a hint, of what might happen in the next year’s national elections. In other odd years, no pattern emerges. We never know which until after the national elections occur, making the off-year elections a less-than-helpful indicator. This year, the outcome of New Jersey’s gubernatorial el…
The Virginia gubernatorial contest is the marquee race on the ballot nationally in November. It is the most competitive of the two Governor’s races that will take place this year, and much will be read into the results as the 2014 cycle moves into high gear. But, regardless of the outcome, this is a race fraught with problems for both parties. And, it is a race that will take pla…
Democratic strategists were quick to dismiss Republican Chris Christie’s victory in the 2009 gubernatorial contest. They argued it wasn’t so much that Christie won the race as it was that embattled Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine lost it. They argued that Christie would be a one-term Governor in a state that tilts heavily toward Democrats, particularly in statewide races. These strategists were…
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A listing of candidates and race ratings in all current Governor races. Updated weekly and printable for on-the-run reference.Updated 11:58 AM, Dec 5
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Governors seats.Updated 02:26 PM, Nov 7
General Election Polls
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors general election contests across the nation.Updated 11:58 AM, Dec 5
Primary Trial Heats
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors primary election contests across the nation.Updated 11:58 AM, Dec 5
2014 Battleground Chart
2014 Governors Races: Romney Performance vs. Obama PerformanceNovember 12, 2012
2012 Governors General Election Polls with Final Results
A collection of polling data from the 2012 cycle, with final general election results included.
The Cook Political Report Governor Scatterplot for Republican and Democratic held states by win percentage and PVI.
Two-Cycle Governors Races (by 2012 Obama vs. Romney performance)
A breakdown of all 50 gubernatorial contests across two election cycles, arranged by 2012 presidential performance.
Two-Cycle Governors Races (by Incumbent Win Percentage)
A breakdown of all 50 gubernatorial contests across two election cycles, arranged by incumbent win percentage.
Governors: 2013/2014 55% and Under Charts
The chart below displays governors up for reelection who won their states with less than 55% of the vote in the last gubernatorial election.
Charlie Cook's Column
A Historic CollapseDecember 9, 2013
Most graphs of polling data show shifts that are very gradual. (Tracking real-time changes in poll results often is about as exciting as watching paint dry.) Recently, however, the HuffPost Pollster website produced a graph of national polling on Congress that showed one of the most dramatic shifts I've ever seen in 40 years of involvement in politics. It charts responses to the question of...Read more »
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The Rhodes Cook Letter
This latest issue of "The Rhodes Cook Letter" takes a look at voter turnout, which has been high of late in presidential elections - at least high by U.S. standards. There is also a look at the unfolding special elections, with a particular emphasis on...Download »