United States gubernatorial elections, 2016

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The United States gubernatorial elections of 2016 will be held on November 8, 2016 in the states of Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Washington, Indiana, Delaware, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia, North Dakota, and Utah. The US territories of Puerto Rico and American Samoa will also hold gubernatorial elections. In addition, special elections may take place if other gubernatorial seats are vacated. These elections form part of the 2016 United States elections. The last regular gubernatorial elections for nine of the eleven states took place in 2012. Governors in New Hampshire and Vermont serve two year terms, so those two states will also have gubernatorial elections in 2014.

Term-limited Democratic incumbents[edit]

Jack Markell (Delaware)[edit]

Two-term incumbent Governor Jack Markell will be term-limited in 2016.[1] Democratic Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has announced his intention to run.[2] Other possible Democratic candidates include Lieutenant Governor of Delaware Matthew P. Denn. State Representative Michael Ramone is a possible candidate for the Republicans.[3]

Jay Nixon (Missouri)[edit]

Two-term incumbent Governor Jay Nixon will be term-limited in 2016.[4] Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is a potential Democratic candidate,[5] but State Treasurer Clint Zweifel will not run.[6] Potential Republican candidates include U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer and State Auditor Tom Schweich.[7] Former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Catherine Hanaway is running.[8]

Earl Ray Tomblin (West Virginia)[edit]

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will be term-limited in 2016.[9] Tomblin was first elected in a 2011 special election after Joe Manchin resigned after being elected to the United States Senate. Tomblin then won election to a full term in 2012. Possible Democratic candidates include Manchin, former U.S. Senator Carte Goodwin, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, former speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates Rick Thompson, West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue, Delegate Doug Reynolds, Delegate Doug Skaff, and state senator Mike Green.[10][11][12] Potential Republican candidates include Congressman David McKinley, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, delegate Erikka Storch, state senator Evan Jenkins, and Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton.[12]

Democratic incumbents eligible for re-election[edit]

Steve Bullock (Montana)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Steve Bullock is eligible to run for re-election. Bullock was elected in 2012 with 48.9% of the vote. He previously served as Attorney General of Montana from 2009 to 2013. Bullock will be 50 years old in 2016. An opinion poll by Gravis Marketing in July 2014 of 741 registered voters and with a margin of error of 4% found Bullock leading Attorney General of Montana Timothy C. Fox by 46% to 43%, with 11% undecided.[13]

Alejandro García Padilla (Puerto Rico)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Alejandro García Padilla is eligible to run for re-election. García Padilla is a member of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico as well as the Democratic Party.[14] García Padilla was elected in 2012 with 47.73% of the vote. García Padilla will be 45 years old in 2016. Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi, who is affiliated with the New Progressive Party and the Democratic Party, is a possible candidate.[15]

Jay Inslee (Washington)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Jay Inslee is eligible to run for re-election. Inslee was elected in 2012 with 51.54% of the vote against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna. Inslee previously served as a U.S. Representative from 1993 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2012. Inslee will be 65 years old in 2016. McKenna has said he is unlikely to run again.[16] Potential Republican candidates include Congresswomen Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congressman Dave Reichert, and State Senators Michael Baumgartner, Steve Litzow, and Andy Hill.[17]

Republican incumbents eligible for re-election[edit]

Mike Pence (Indiana)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Mike Pence is eligible to run for re-election. Pence won in 2012 with 49.6% of the vote. Pence previously served as a U.S. Representative from 2001 to 2013 and was Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011. Pence may consider running for president in 2016.[18] Pence will be 57 years old in 2016. The 2012 Democratic nominee, former State House Speaker John R. Gregg, had been running for a re-match, but dropped out in October 2013.[19] Former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh is a potential Democratic candidate.[20]

Pat McCrory (North Carolina)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Pat McCrory is eligible to run for re-election. McCrory was elected in 2012 with 54.7% of the vote. McCrory previously served as Mayor of Charlotte from 1995 to 2009. McCrory will be 60 years old in 2016. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper plans to run for Governor.[21] Democrats James Protzman, a former Chapel Hill town council member, and Kenneth Spaulding, a former State Representative, have also announced that they will run.[22] Other potential Democratic candidates include United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, former Mayor of Raleigh Charles Meeker and State Senator Josh Stein.[22][23]

Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple is eligible to run for re-election. Dalrymple was elected to his first full term with 63.1% of the vote in 2012, after first taking the seat in 2010 after John Hoeven resigned to become a U.S. Senator. Dalrymple was previously Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota from 2000 to 2010. Dalrymple will be 68 in 2016. Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been speculated as a possible candidate.[24]

Gary Herbert (Utah)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Gary Herbert is eligible to run for re-election. Herbert was elected to his first full term with 68.4% of the vote in 2012, after winning the seat in a 2010 special election. Herbert first became Governor after Jon Huntsman, Jr. resigned in 2009 to become United States Ambassador to China. Herbert was the Lieutenant Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009. Herbert will be 69 in 2016. He has said he will have a decision on whether to run by summer 2014. Potential opponents include Rep. Jim Matheson, who is retiring from the House in January 2015.[25]

Independent incumbent eligible for re-election[edit]

Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga (American Samoa)[edit]

One-term incumbent Governor Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga is eligible to run for re-election.[26] Moligi was elected in 2012 with 52.9% of the vote in the second round, after taking 33.5% of the vote in the first round. American Samoa requires a second round of voting if no candidate takes a majority of the vote in the first round.

Unknown incumbents[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

The Governor of New Hampshire serves two year terms, so the incumbent for this election will be the winner of the 2014 election.


The Governor of Vermont serves two year terms, so the incumbent for this election will be the winner of the 2014 election.


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