Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has watched his political fortunes rise and fall during his first term. A year ago, he might have been among the most vulnerable incumbents up for re-election after suffering losses on some of his biggest priorities. Then polling taken earlier this year indicated that his position had improved. It helped that Republicans had a crowded field of...
Governors: Recent Updates
Hawaii: There is probably no state more difficult to poll than Hawaii. The polling in this contest provides ample evidence. There are polls that show Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie in good shape as he prepares to run for a second term while others show that there is a possibility that he could lose his primary in August against state Sen. David Ige, and if he survives the primary, that he...
Massachusetts: Not surprisingly, much of the battle for this open seat will be in the September 9 Democratic primary. The state party convention winnowed the candidate field down to three: Attorney General Martha Coakley, state Treasurer Steve Grossman and Donald Berwick, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services. While Coakley is the frontrunner in the polls,...
Alabama: Republican Gov. Robert Bentley won this open seat in 2010 with 58 percent of the vote after surviving a crowded primary and subsequent run-off election. By comparison, Bentley’s bid for a second term will be a lot easier. He faces former Democratic U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith in the general election. Parker was elected to the House as a Democrat in 2008. In 2009, he switched to the...
South Carolina: Republican Gov. Nikki Haley won this open seat with 2010 with 51 percent of the vote to 47 percent for state Sen. Vincent Sheheen. It was an unusually close race for deep red state. Haley started the GOP primary fight as the underdog, but placed first with 49 percent, falling just short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a run-off. She won the run-off contest with 63...
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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 08:00 AM, Jul 18
The Cook Political Report's latest ratings for all competitive and potentially competitive Governors seats.Updated 08:00 AM, Jul 18
General Election Polls
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors general election contests across the nation.Updated 05:00 PM, Jul 24
Primary Trial Heats
A selection of public opinion polling in Governors primary election contests across the nation.Updated 08:00 AM, Jul 25
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.