United States gubernatorial elections, 2015

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United States gubernatorial elections, 2015
United States
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3 governorships

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  Term-limited Democrat
  Republican incumbent eligible for re-election
  Term-limited Republican
  No election

The United States gubernatorial elections of 2015 will be held on November 3, 2015 in the states of Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The gubernatorial elections are to elect the state governor; the official at the head of the executive branch of a state. In addition, special elections may take place (if respective constitutions require) if other gubernatorial seats are vacated. These elections form part of the 2015 United States elections. The last regular gubernatorial elections for all three states were in 2011.

Term-limited Democratic incumbent[edit]

Steve Beshear (Kentucky)[edit]

Two-term incumbent Governor Steve Beshear will be term-limited in 2015. Democratic Attorney General of Kentucky Jack Conway is running[1][2] on a ticket with State Representative Sannie Overly.[3] Potential Democratic candidates include banker Luther Deaton,[4][5] Secretary of State of Kentucky Alison Lundergan Grimes[6][7] and former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky Daniel Mongiardo.[1]

For the Republicans, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer[8] is running with State Senator Christian McDaniel,[9] former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner[10] is running with former Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie[11] and U.S. Army veteran Robert Lee Rosier[12] is running with 2012 State Senate candidate John Yuen.[12] Potential Republican candidates include businesswoman and former United States Ambassador to Latvia Catherine Todd Bailey,[13] businessman and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014 Matt Bevin,[14] banker Jess Correll[15] and former Governor and former U.S. Representative Ernie Fletcher.[16]

Term-limited Republican incumbent[edit]

Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)[edit]

Two-term incumbent Governor Bobby Jindal will be term-limited in 2015. Under Louisiana's jungle primary system, all candidates will appear on the same ballot, regardless of party. If no candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote during the primary election, a runoff election will be held on November 21, 2015 between the top two candidates in the primary.

Three Republicans are running: Public Service Commissioner and former Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Scott Angelle,[17][18] incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne[19] and U.S. Senator David Vitter.[20] Potential Republican candidates include former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and former U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander,[21] retired Lieutenant General and former Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina Russel L. Honoré,[22] Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy,[23] State Senator Gerald Long[24] and former Governor, former U.S. Representative and candidate for President in 2012 Buddy Roemer.[25]

Three Democrats are running: Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell,[26] Minority Leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives John Bel Edwards[17][27] and minister Jeremy Odom.[28] Other potential Democratic candidates include businessman James Bernhard[29][30] and Mayor of New Orleans and former Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu.[31]

Republican incumbent eligible for re-election[edit]

Phil Bryant (Mississippi)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Phil Bryant is eligible to run for a second term. He succeeded fellow Republican Governor Haley Barbour in 2011 with 61.07% of the vote. Bryant previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi. He will be 60 years old in 2015.

Other potential Republican candidates include State Senator and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014 Chris McDaniel[32] and State Senator Michael Watson.[33]

Potential Democratic candidates include former U.S. Representative and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2014 Travis Childers[34] and Commissioner for the Northern District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission and former Mayor of Nettleton Brandon Presley.[34]


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  2. ^ Alessi, Ryan. "cn|2 Pure Politics - As Conway looks at 2015 governor's race, being a running mate is "probably not" in the cards". Mycn2.com. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  3. ^ Ryan Alessi (May 5, 2014). "Jack Conway set to announce 2015 ticket for governor with Rep. Sannie Overly". Mycn2.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Alessi, Ryan. "cn|2 Pure Politics - Sidelined by knee replacement, Crit Luallen to skip Fancy Farm; insists she won't be anyone's Lt. Gov". Mycn2.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
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  6. ^ "Grimes To Run Against McConnell In 2014 Senate Race | LEX18.com | Lexington, Kentucky". LEX18.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Ag. Commissioner James Comer announces run for governor in 2015". wdrb.com. August 2, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "James Comer Introduces Running Mate Chris McDaniel In Kentucky Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-Off". wkms.org. September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Alessi, Ryan (March 5, 2014). "Kentucky governor race in full throttle with Hal Heiner announcement". Courier-Journal. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hal Heiner and K.C. Crosbie ticket: What it brings and its potential effect on the 2015 field". CN2. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Early stakes set for governor's race, other 2015 offices". Courier-Journal. June 9, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ Alessi, Ryan (October 9, 2012). "Fmr. Ambassador Cathy Bailey doesn't rule out run for governor in 2015". Mycn2.com. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bailey, Phillip (June 23, 2014). "Matt Bevin Mulling Kentucky Governor Bid?". WFPL. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ Alford, Roger (August 22, 2012). "FRANKFORT: Guthrie says he won't run for Ky. governor in 2015 | Politics and Government". Kentucky.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. [dead link]
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  18. ^ Avery, Cole (October 2, 2014). "Scott Angelle to run for governor in 2015". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Adelson, Jeff (March 20, 2013). "Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne 'intends' to run for governor in 2015". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "David Vitter Announces Run for Governor". Roll Call. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Alexander says he may run for Louisiana governor in 2015". The Town Talk. August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Hero general Honore considering run for Louisiana governor". WBRZ.com. November 14, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Louisiana poll: Vitter edges Georges, Jindal's popularity, jobs and economy tops". Bayoubuzz.com. June 20, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Long weighs bid for governor in 2015". The Advocate. August 11, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  25. ^ Greater New Orleans (December 12, 2013). "Buddy Roemer to spearhead long-term policy initiative ahead of 2015 election". NOLA.com. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  26. ^ By WWLTV.com (July 26, 2013). "Edwards running to correct what he calls Jindal's mistakes | wwltv.com New Orleans". Wwltv.com. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  27. ^ Adelson, Jeff (February 10, 2013). "John Bel Edwards announces he is running for governor in 2015". The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Natchitoches minister makes run for governor". KNOE.com. March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Maginnis: Shaw's Bernhard may consider run for governor". Business Report. July 31, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Bernhard Making Rounds for Governor". LA Politics. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  31. ^ "2014 LA-SEN Mary Landrieu vs. a far-right Republican". Daily Kos. August 25, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  32. ^ Geoff Pender (July 19, 2014). "Pender: Who’s running for what in ’15". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  33. ^ Alexander Burns (June 24, 2014). "Mississippi’s revolution may be just starting". Politico. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  34. ^ a b Abby Livingston (September 25, 2013). "Mississippi Republicans Wait for Cochran's Decision". Roll Call. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 

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