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Summary

Democrats — 18

Republicans — 31

Independents — 1

The chart below provides a spectrum that analyzes the vulnerability (the chances of the seat switching parties) of the Governor races up this cycle.

Solid: These races are not considered competitive and are not likely to become closely contested.

Likely: These seats are not considered competitive at this point but have the potential to become engaged.

Lean: These are considered competitive races but one party has an advantage.

Toss Up: These are the most competitive races; either party has a good chance of winning.

Governors with names in parentheses are retiring.

Democrats | 8 Held Seats

Solid D Likely D Lean D Toss Up Lean R Likely R Solid R

DE (Markell)

Shumlin (VT)

Inslee (WA)

Bullock (MT)

Hassan (NH)

 

KY (Beshear)

MO (Nixon)

WV (Tomblin)

 

 

 

Republicans | 6 Held Seats

Solid D Likely D Lean D Toss Up Lean R Likely R Solid R

 

 

 

McCrory (NC)

LA (Jindal)

 

Pence (IN)

Bryant (MS)

Dalrymple (ND)

Herbert (UT)

* = potential retirement
Bold indicates 2015 race