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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.

Governors Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, November 14, 2014

Given that Democrats’ majority in the Senate was in serious jeopardy and that there was no realistic chance that they would win a majority in the U.S. House, the nation’s 36 Governors races were supposed to provide a silver lining for Democrats on Election Night. As the votes started coming in, though, it became apparent that the wave that was washing ashore would also drown Democrats’ hopes...

Governors Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, October 31, 2014

Alaska: This race has been perplexing since Democratic nominee Byron Mallot dropped his bid for Governor and joined independent candidate Bill Walker on a unity ticket to challenge Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. The polls have bounced all over the place, which is pretty typical in Alaska where public polling is notoriously unreliable, and there has been limited television advertising time...

Governors Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, October 17, 2014

Arkansas: Of the 14 gubernatorial seats that Democrats are defending this cycle, this open seat is the only one in a state that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried. Democrats got an unusually strong candidate in former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, which kept the race is play, but the state’s increasingly Republican tilt is proving to be a bit too much. It probably doesn’t help Ross...

Alaska Governor|By Jennifer Duffy, October 10, 2014

Republican Sean Parnell was serving as the state’s Lieutenant Governor in 2009 when then-Gov. Sarah Palin resigned her post, elevating Parnell to the state’s highest office. Parnell won a full term in 2010 with 59 percent of the vote. Parnell faces...

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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 1 0 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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