The presidential race wasn’t the only surprise on election night. In an evening full of weird, the 12 gubernatorial contests produced some unexpected results.
Governors: Recent Updates
The tightening of the polls in the presidential contest and in Senate races that has occurred over the past few days has extended to the 12 gubernatorial contests on the ballot. Strategists from both parties acknowledge that Republicans are the beneficiaries in most cases. They also note that some of these contests are so close that it wouldn’t take much to push them either way.
Indiana’s gubernatorial contest had to reboot this week. After Republican Gov. Mike Pence accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be his vice presidential running mate, the Central Committee of the state’s Republican Party had to select a new gubernatorial nominee since state law prohibits the incumbent for running for both offices. They settled on Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.
In August of last year, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced that he would not seek a second full term, setting off the race to replace him.
Oregon Governor: On February 18 of last 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. Oregon does not have a Lieutenant Governor. A lawyer by training, Brown was appointed to a vacancy in the state House in 1991 and was elected to...
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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 08:48 AM, Jun 23
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Governors seats.Updated 06:16 PM, Jun 22
General Election Polls
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors general election contests across the nation.Updated 03:09 PM, Sep 23
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.