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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...

Oregon Governor|By Jennifer Duffy, July 24, 2015

On February 18 of this year, then-Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn in as Oregon’s second woman Governor. Brown succeeded John Kitzhaber, who resigned under the weight of allegations of multiple ethics violations, many of which involved his fiancée, and voter dissatisfaction with the state’s health care exchange. Oregon does not have a Lieutenant Governor. Brown must run in a...

Governors Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, June 19, 2015

North Dakota: Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple spent a decade as Lieutenant Governor before ascending to the Governor’s office in December of 2010 when then-Gov. John Hoeven resigned after being elected to the Senate. Dalrymple won a full term in his own right in 2012 with 63 percent of the vote. The only Democrat in the state who poses a real threat to the incumbent in 2016 is Democratic Sen....

Kentucky Governor |By Jennifer Duffy, May 22, 2015

Democrats – and specifically state Attorney General Jack Conway – were the biggest winners on primary night. Conway faced just token opposition for Democratic nomination for this open seat. The race for the Republicans nomination was far more interesting and ultimately beneficial to Democrats.

Governors Bottom Lines|By Jennifer Duffy, February 27, 2015

The 2016 presidential contest seems to be sucking up all the oxygen in the political atmosphere, making it easy to forget about the three gubernatorial contests that will take place this November. Two of those races – Kentucky and Louisiana – are open-seat contests while Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is seeking a second term in Mississippi.

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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 1 0 0 0 7 1 11
Republicans (31) 2 0 0 1 1 4 1 24
Toss Up Lean R Likely R Solid R
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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