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Utah Governor|By Jennifer Duffy, April 29, 2016

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 Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, March 18, 2016

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...

Governors Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, March 11, 2016

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...

Governors Overview|By Jennifer Duffy, January 29, 2016

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...

Louisiana Governor|By Charlie Cook, November 13, 2015

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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Seats Up in 2016 Toss Up Lean D Likely D Solid D Seats Up in 2017 Seats Up in 2018 Seats Up in 2019
Democrats (18) 8 3 0 3 2 1 11 1
Republicans (31) 4 1 0 2 1 1 24 2
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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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