Republican Gov. Gary Herbert became Governor in 2009 when then-Gov. Jon Huntsman resigned to become the U.S. Ambassador to China. In 2010, he won a special election to finish Huntsman’s term with 64 percent of the vote, and he won a full four-year term in 2012 with 68 percent of the vote. Herbert (or just about any other credible Republican candidate) has little to fear from Democrats in the...
Governors: Recent Updates
New Hampshire: Once Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced that she would challenge first-term GOP U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, this became an open seat and one of three Democratic-held seats in Toss Up. Every time it appears that the respective fields of candidates have settled, another potentially competitive candidate expresses interest or announces. There are currently two announced...
New Hampshire: Once Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced that she would challenge first-term GOP U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, this became an open seat and one of three Democratic-held seats in Toss Up. There are currently two announced Democratic candidates: Mark Connolly, a financial adviser and former head of the state Bureau of Securities Regulation, and Colin Van Ostern, a member of the...
Delaware Governor: This race spent almost all of 2015 in a holding pattern. The cycle started with the assumption that Democratic state Attorney General Beau Biden was the frontrunner to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jack Markell. After Biden’s untimely death from cancer in May, politics in Delaware went on hiatus out of respect for Biden’s family, particularly his father, Vice President...
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...
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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 01:29 PM, Apr 28
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Governors seats.Updated 12:49 PM, Dec 10
General Election Polls
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors general election contests across the nation.Updated 06:02 PM, Apr 21
Primary Trial Heats
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors primary election contests across the nation.Updated 08:00 AM, Sep 12
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.