United States gubernatorial elections, 2012
The United States gubernatorial elections of 2012 were held in eleven states and two territories concurrent with other elections during the United States General election of 2012. In addition, a recall election for Wisconsin was held on June 5. Of the eight Democratic and four Republican seats contested, only that of North Carolina changed party hands, giving the Republicans a net gain of one governorship.
- 1 Predictions
- 2 Retiring and term-limited Democratic incumbents
- 3 Term-limited Republican incumbent
- 4 Democratic incumbents running for re-election
- 5 Republican incumbents running for re-election
- 6 Republican incumbent facing recall election
- 7 See also
- 8 References
The position of Lieutenant Governor, unless otherwise stated, is elected on the same ticket as the gubernatorial nominee.
|Source||Safe Democratic||Likely Democratic||Leans Democratic||Tossup||Leans Republican||Likely Republican||Safe Republican|
as of August 17, 2012
as of November 1, 2012
|The Rothenberg Political Report
as of November 2, 2012
as of November 5, 2012
Retiring and term-limited Democratic incumbents
Togiola Tulafono (American Samoa)
Six candidates are vying to succeed outgoing Governor Tulafono - former President of American Samoa Community College, Salu Hunkin-Finau; businessman Timothy Jones; former Attorney General Afoa Moega Lutu; former President of the Development Bank of American Samoa, Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga; Lieutenant Governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia; and former High Court of American Samoa justice Save Liuato Tuitele.
Brian Schweitzer (Montana)
The declared Republican primary candidates included Chouteau County commissioner Jim O'Hara, former state Senators Corey Stapleton and Ken Miller, terrorism and national security analyst Neil Livingstone, former Congressman Rick Hill, and Truck driver Keith Winkler.
Steve Bullock and Rick Hill won their respective primaries. Bullock defeated Hill and Libertarian Ron Vandevender in the general election.
John Lynch (New Hampshire)
Maggie Hassan, former Majority Leader of the New Hampshire State Senate, defeated former state senator Jackie Cilley and firefighter Bill Kennedy to become the Democratic nominee. Former Chairman of the New Hampshire Board of Education Ovide Lamontagne, who narrowly lost the Republican primary for Senate in 2010, defeated conservative activist and former state representative Kevin Smith and Bill Tarr to win the Republican nomination. They will face Libertarian candidate John Babiarz in the general election.
New Hampshire does not have a position of Lieutenant Governor.
Beverly Perdue (North Carolina)
Potential Republican candidates included former Mayor of Charlotte Pat McCrory (the 2008 Republican nominee for Governor); Nido Qubein, President of High Point University; Tom Fetzer, former Mayor of Raleigh; and former state Senator Fred Smith.
Dalton and McCrory won their respective primaries, and will face Libertarian Barbara Howe in the general election.
Christine Gregoire (Washington)
U.S. Representative Jay Inslee is the only declared Democratic candidate. Other potential Democratic candidates including state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, King County Executive Dow Constantine, state Treasurer Jim McIntire, Auditor General Brian Sonntag, and Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon have declined to run, or endorsed Inslee.
State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Pastor Shahram Hadian, are the announced Republicans in the race. Seattle Port Commission President Bill Bryant is considered a potential Republican candidate. U.S. Representative Dave Reichert decided against a bid, and threw his support to McKenna.
The Lieutenant Governor will be elected separately.
Term-limited Republican incumbent
Mitch Daniels (Indiana)
Mike Pence, a Republican currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, has announced his candidacy for his party's nomination. Pence, whose announcement was anticipated by his resignation of a leading position in the GOP caucus in the House, is regarded as the favorite for election. Indianapolis businessman and former Hamilton County Councilman Jim Wallace had announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination prior to Pence's entrance but failed to collect enough signatures to become an official candidate by the deadline in February 2012. Other potential candidates included Superintendent of Public Education Tony Bennett, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives Brian Bosma, former state Attorney General Steve Carter, Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark, and President Pro Tempore of the Indiana state Senate David C. Long.
Former state House Speaker John R. Gregg is unopposed for the Democratic Party's nomination. Landscaping Contractor Thomas Lenfert and Former Lake county Sheriff Roy Dominguez were also potential candidates but did not enter the race.
The filing deadline has passed in Indiana, so no other candidates can join the race.
Democratic incumbents running for re-election
Jack Markell (Delaware)
The Lieutenant Governor will be elected separately.
Jay Nixon (Missouri)
Jim Higgins is the Libertarian candidate.
The Lieutenant Governor is elected separately.
Peter Shumlin (Vermont)
The Lieutenant Governor will be elected separately.
Earl Ray Tomblin (West Virginia)
The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia ruled on January 18, 2011 that the state must hold a special gubernatorial election in 2011 to fill the vacancy resulting from Joe Manchin's election to the United States Senate. The special election occurred October 4, 2011 with state Senate President and acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin winning the election. Tomblin will be eligible to run for a full term in 2012 and has indicated he will do so. Mike Stuart, the chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party has announced he is not running for Governor.
David Moran is the Libertarian candidate.
Republican incumbents running for re-election
Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota)
Governor Jack Dalrymple succeeded John Hoeven after the latter was elected Senator and will run for a full term in 2012. Drew Wrigley will be his running mate. Dalrymple defeated architect Paul Sorum for the nomination.
Luis Fortuño (Puerto Rico)
Fortuño had been mentioned as a long-shot potential Republican nominee for President or Vice President in 2012. However, he announced on June 26, 2011 that he would run for re-election instead of seeking the Presidency.
Puerto Rico does not have a position of Lieutenant Governor.
Gary Herbert (Utah)
He is opposed by Democrat Peter Cooke, a businessman and retired major general. The Libertarian candidate is medical researcher Ken Larson, and the Constitution party candidate is Kirk D. Pearson.
Republican incumbent facing recall election
Scott Walker (Wisconsin)
Governor Scott Walker (R) survived a recall election on June 5. Walker's disapproval ratings varied between 50–51% while his approval ratings varied between 47–49% in 2011. Walker led against challenger Tom Barrett (D) in polls since March, including two post-primary polls which showed Walker with a five to twelve point lead. Walker defeated Barrett by seven percentage points becoming the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.
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