2002 United States gubernatorial elections

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2002 United States gubernatorial elections

← 2001 November 5, 2002 2003 →

38 governorships
36 states; 2 territories
  Majority party Minority party
  John Rowland (cropped).jpg Parris Glendening speaking, September 2006 (cropped).jpg
Leader John Rowland Parris Glendening
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Connecticut Maryland
Last election 30 governorships (27 states) 26 governorships (21 states)
Seats before 30 (27 states) 26 (21 states)
Seats after 29 (26 states) 27 (22 states)
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1

2002 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 5, 2002 in 36 states and two territories. The Republicans won eight seats previously held by the Democrats, as well as the seat previously held by Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, who was elected on the Reform Party ticket but had since renounced his party affiliation. The Democrats won 10 seats previously held by the Republicans, as well as the seat previously held by Maine governor Angus King, an independent. Overall, the Republicans suffered a net loss of one seat while the Democrats made a net gain of three. The Republicans managed to maintain their majority of state governorships, but it was reduced to a margin of only two seats. The elections were notable for the sheer number of state governorships that changed parties – 20 in total, constituting more than half of the seats up for election. Additionally, a number of Democratic and Republican gains occurred in states that typically favor the other party; for instance, Republican candidates won the usually Democratic states of Maryland, Hawaii, Minnesota and Vermont, while Democratic governors were elected in Republican-leaning states like Wyoming, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Kansas.

In addition to the elections held in 36 states, elections were also held in the unincorporated territories of Guam and the United States Virgin Islands. The Democrats held their seat in the United States Virgin Islands, while the Republicans won an open seat in Guam previously held by the Democrats.

The elections were held concurrently with the other United States elections of 2002.

This election marked the most recent cycle in which New York and Colorado elected Republican governors.

Democratic gains[edit]

Republican gains[edit]

Election results[edit]

A bolded state name features an article about the specific election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
Alabama Don Siegelman Democratic Defeated, 49.0% Bob Riley (Republican) 49.2%
John Sophocleus (Libertarian) 1.7%
Alaska Tony Knowles Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Frank Murkowski (Republican) 55.8%
Fran Ulmer (Democratic) 40.7%
Diane Benson (Green) 1.3%
Don Wright (Alaskan Indep.)
Raymond VinZant (Rep. Mod.) 0.7%
Billy Toien (Libertarian) 0.5%
Arizona Jane Hull Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Janet Napolitano (Democratic) 46.2%
Matt Salmon (Republican) 45.2%
Richard D. Mahoney (Independent) 6.9%
Barry Hess (Libertarian) 1.7%
Arkansas Mike Huckabee Republican Re-elected, 53% Jimmie Lou Fisher (Democratic) 46%
California Gray Davis Democratic Re-elected, 47.4% Bill Simon (Republican) 42.4%
Peter Camejo (Green) 5.3%
Gary Copeland (Libertarian) 2.2%
Reinhold Gulke (American Ind.) 1.7%
Iris Adam (Natural Law) 1.1%
Colorado Bill Owens Republican Re-elected, 62.6% Rollie Heath (Democratic) 33.7%
Ronald Forthofer (Green) 2.3%
Ralph Shnelvar (Libertarian) 1%
Connecticut John Rowland Republican Re-elected, 56.1% Bill Curry (Democratic) 43.9%
Florida Jeb Bush Republican Re-elected, 56% Bill McBride (Democratic) 43.1%
Georgia Roy Barnes Democratic Defeated, 46.3% Sonny Perdue (Republican) 51.4%
Garrett Hayes (Libertarian) 2.3%
Hawaii Ben Cayetano Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Linda Lingle (Republican) 51.6%
Mazie Hirono (Democratic) 47%
Kau`i Hill (Natural Law) 0.7%
Tracy Ryan (Libertarian) 0.4%
Jim Brewer (Independent) 0.3%
Idaho Dirk Kempthorne Republican Re-elected, 56.3% Jerry Brady (Democratic) 41.7%
Daniel Adams (Libertarian) 2%
Illinois George Ryan Republican Retired, Democratic victory Rod Blagojevich (Democratic) 52.2%
Jim Ryan (Republican) 45.1%
Cal Skinner (Libertarian) 2.1%
Iowa Tom Vilsack Democratic Re-elected, 52.7% Doug Gross (Republican) 44.5%
Jay Robinson (Green) 1.4%
Clyde Cleveland (Libertarian) 1.3%
Kansas Bill Graves Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Kathleen Sebelius (Democratic) 52.9%
Tim Shallenburger (Republican) 45.1%
Ted Pettibone (Reform) 1.1%
Dennis Hawver (Libertarian) 1.0%
Maine Angus King Independent Term-limited, Democratic victory John Baldacci (Democratic) 47.2%
Peter Cianchette (Republican) 41.5%
Jonathan Carter (Green) 9.3%
John Michael (Independent) 2.1%
Maryland Parris Glendening Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Bob Ehrlich (Republican) 51.6%
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (Democratic) 47.7%
Spear Lancaster (Libertarian) 0.7%
Massachusetts Jane Swift (acting) Republican Retired, Republican victory Mitt Romney (Republican) 49.8%
Shannon O'Brien (Democratic) 44.9%
Jill Stein (G-R) 3.5%
Carla Howell (Libertarian) 1.1%
Barbara Johnson (Independent) 0.7%
Michigan John Engler Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Jennifer Granholm (Democratic) 51.4%
Dick Posthumus (Republican) 47.4%
Douglas Campell (Green) 0.8%
Joseph Pilchak (U.S. Taxpayers) 0.4%
Minnesota Jesse Ventura Reform Party/Independence Retired, Republican victory Tim Pawlenty (Republican) 44.4%
Roger Moe (Democratic) 36.5%
Tim Penny (Independence) 16.2%
Ken Pentel (Green) 2.3%
Kari Sachs (Socialist Workers) 0.1%
Lawrence Aeshliman (Constitution) 0.1%
Nebraska Mike Johanns Republican Re-elected, 68.9% Stormy Dean (Democratic) 27.5%
Paul Rosberg (Nebraska) 3.8%
Nevada Kenny Guinn Republican Re-elected, 68.3% Joe Neal (Democratic) 22%
None of the above 4.7%
Dick Geyer (Libertarian) 1.6%
David Holmgren (Indep. American) 1.4%
Jerry Norton (Independent) 1.1%
Charles Laws (Green) 1%
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Democratic Retired, Republican victory Craig Benson (Republican) 58.6%
Mark Fernald (Democratic) 38.2%
John Babiarz (Libertarian) 2.9%
New Mexico Gary Johnson Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Bill Richardson (Democratic) 56%
John Sanchez (Republican) 39%
David Bacon (Green) 5%[1]
New York George Pataki Republican, Conservative Re-elected, 49.4% Carl McCall (Democratic), (Working Families 33.5%
Tom Golisano (Independence) 14.3%
Jerry Cronin (Right to Life) 0.9%
Stanley Aronowitz (Green) 0.9%
Thomas Leighton (Marijuana Reform) 0.5%
Andrew Cuomo (Liberal) 0.3%
Scott Jeffrey (Libertarian) 0.1%%
Ohio Bob Taft Republican Re-elected, 57.7% Tim Hagan (Democratic) 38.3%
John Eastman (Independent) 3.9%
Oklahoma Frank Keating Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Brad Henry (Democratic) 43.3%
Steve Largent (Republican) 42.6%
Gary Richardson (Independent) 14.1%
Oregon John Kitzhaber Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Ted Kulongoski (Democratic) 49%
Kevin Mannix (Republican) 46.1%
Tom Cox (Libertarian) 4.58%
Pennsylvania Mark Schweiker Republican Retired, Democratic victory Ed Rendell (Democratic) 53.4%
Mike Fisher (Republican) 44.4%
Ken Krawchuk (Libertarian) 1.14%
Michael Morrill (Green) 1.07%
Rhode Island Lincoln Almond Republican Term-limited, Republican victory Don Carcieri (Republican) 54.8%
Myrth York (Democratic) 45.2%
South Carolina Jim Hodges Democratic Defeated, 47.1% Mark Sanford (Republican) 52.9%
South Dakota Bill Janklow Republican Term-limited, Republican victory Mike Rounds (Republican) 56.8%
Jim Abbott (Democratic) 41.9%
James Carlson (Independent) 0.7%
Nathan Barton (Libertarian) 0.6%
Tennessee Don Sundquist Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Phil Bredesen (Democratic) 50.7%
Van Hilleary (Republican) 47.6%
Texas Rick Perry Republican Re-elected, 57.8% Tony Sanchez (Democratic) 40%
Jeff Daiell (Libertarian) 1.6%
Rahul Mahajan (Green) 1%
Vermont Howard Dean Democratic Retired, Republican victory Jim Douglas (Republican) 44.9%
Doug Racine (Democratic) 42.4%
Cornelius Hogan (Independent) 9.7%
Cris Ericson (Make Marijuana Legal) 0.8%
Michael Badamo (VT Progressive) 0.6%
Joel Williams (Libertarian) 0.4%
Patricia Hejny (VT Grassroots) 0.3%
Marilynn Christian (Restore Justice-Freedom) 0.3%
Pete Diamondstone (Liberty Union) 0.3%
Wisconsin Scott McCallum Republican Defeated, 41.4% Jim Doyle (Democratic) 45.1%
Ed Thompson (Libertarian) 10.5%
Jim Young (Green) 2.5%
Wyoming Jim Geringer Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Dave Freudenthal (Democratic) 50%
Eli Bebout (Republican) 47.9%
Dave Dawson (Libertarian) 2.12%
Territory Incumbent Party Status Competing candidates
Guam Carl Gutierrez Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Felix Perez Camacho (Republican) 55.4%
Robert Underwood (Democratic) 44.6%
United States Virgin Islands[2] Charles Turnbull Democratic Re-elected, 50.15% John de Jongh (Independent) 24.64%
Chucky Hansen (Independent) 7.76%
Michael Bornn (Republican) 7.18%
Gerard James (Independent) 5.07%
Cora Christian (Independent) 3.06%
Lloyd Williams (Independent) 1.48%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CNN.com Election 2002 – Governor". CNN. 2002. Retrieved 2011-04-19.
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=39489

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