United States gubernatorial elections, 2018

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United States gubernatorial elections, 2018

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39 governorships
36 states; 3 territories
  Majority party Minority party
  Bill Haslam 2016.jpg Jay Inslee official portrait.jpg
Leader Bill Haslam
Jay Inslee
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Tennessee Washington
Last election 33 governorships 16 governorships
Seats before 33 16
Seats after 27 23
Seat change Decrease 6 Increase 7

  Third party
Party Independent
Last election 1 governorship
Seats before 1
Seats after 0
Seat change Decrease 1

2018 United States gubernatorial election results.svg
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain
  Republican hold
  Republican gain

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 6, 2018, in 36 states and three territories. These elections formed part of the 2018 United States elections. Other coinciding elections were the 2018 United States Senate Elections and the 2018 United States House of Representatives Elections.The last regular gubernatorial elections for all but three of the states took place in 2014. Governors in New Hampshire and Vermont serve two-year terms, meaning that their most recent gubernatorial elections took place in 2016. Oregon, meanwhile, held a special election in 2016 to fill an unexpired term.

Many of the states holding gubernatorial elections have term limits which made some multi-term governors ineligible for re-election. Two Democratic governors were term-limited, while six incumbent Democratic governors were eligible for re-election. Among Republican governors, twelve were term-limited, while eleven could seek re-election. One independent governor was eligible for re-election.

Elections were held in 26 of the 33 states with Republican governors, 9 of the 16 states with Democratic governors, 1 state (Alaska) with an independent governor, 2 territories (Guam and Northern Mariana Islands) with Republican governors, and 1 territory (U.S. Virgin Islands) with an independent governor. Incumbent state governors running to be reelected included 14 Republicans, 5 Democrats, and 1 independent. Territorial incumbents running included one Republican and one independent. The incumbent Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., also ran for re-election.

Democrats gained control of seven governorships that had previously been held by Republicans. Democrats also gained control of at least one territorial governorship that had previously been held by Republicans. Republicans gained control of one governorship that had previously been held by an independent.[1]

Election predictions[edit]

Several sites and individuals publish predictions of competitive seats. These predictions look at factors such as the strength of the incumbent (if the incumbent is running for re-election), the strength of the candidates, and the partisan leanings of the state (reflected in part by the state's Cook Partisan Voting Index rating). The predictions assign ratings to each seat, with the rating indicating the predicted advantage that a party has in winning that seat. Most election predictors use "tossup" to indicate that neither party has an advantage, "lean" to indicate that one party has a slight advantage, "likely" or "favored" to indicate that one party has a significant but not insurmountable advantage, and "safe" or "solid" to indicate that one party has a near-certain chance of victory. Some predictions also include a "tilt" rating that indicates that one party has an advantage that is not quite as strong as the "lean" rating would indicate (except Fox News, where "Likely" is the highest rating given). Governors whose names are in parentheses are not contesting the election.

State PVI Incumbent[2] Last race Cook
October 26, 2018[3]
November 1, 2018[4]
November 5, 2018[5]
November 4, 2018[6]
Daily Kos
November 5, 2018[7]
Fox News
October 10, 2018[8][a]
November 5, 2018[9]
November 5, 2018[10]
Alabama R+14 Kay Ivey (R) 63.6% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Safe R Safe R Ivey (R)
Alaska R+9 Bill Walker (I) 48.1% I Lean R (flip) Tilt R (flip) Lean R (flip) Tossup Lean R (flip) Tossup Lean R (flip) Lean R (flip) Dunleavy (R)
Arizona R+5 Doug Ducey (R) 53.4% R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Safe R Likely R ^ Likely R Safe R Ducey (R)
Arkansas R+15 Asa Hutchinson (R) 55.4% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Safe R Safe R Hutchinson (R)
California D+12 Jerry Brown (D) (Term-limited) 60.0% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Likely D Safe D Likely D ^ Safe D Safe D Newsom (D)
Colorado D+1 John Hickenlooper (D) (Term-limited) 48.4% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Likely D Polis (D)
Connecticut D+6 Dan Malloy (D) (Retiring) 50.9% D Tossup Lean D Lean D Tossup Lean D Lean D Lean D Likely D Lamont (D)
Florida R+2 Rick Scott (R)
48.2% R Tossup Tilt D (flip) Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Likely D (flip) DeSantis (R)
Georgia R+5 Nathan Deal (R) (Term-limited) 52.8% R Tossup Tilt R Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean R Kemp (R)
Hawaii D+18 David Ige (D) 49.0% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Likely D ^ Safe D Safe D Ige (D)
Idaho R+19 Butch Otter (R) (Retiring) 53.5% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Safe R Safe R Little (R)
Illinois D+7 Bruce Rauner (R) 50.3% R Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Pritzker (D)
Iowa R+3 Kim Reynolds (R) 59.0% R Tossup Tilt D (flip) Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Reynolds (R)
Kansas R+13 Jeff Colyer (R)
(Lost Nomination)
49.8% R Tossup Tossup Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Kelly (D)
Maine D+3 Paul LePage (R) (Term-limited) 48.2% R Tossup Tilt D (flip) Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Tossup Likely D (flip) Mills (D)
Maryland D+12 Larry Hogan (R) 51.0% R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R ^ Likely R Safe R Hogan (R)
Massachusetts D+12 Charlie Baker (R) 48.5% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Safe R Safe R Baker (R)
Michigan D+1 Rick Snyder (R) (Term-limited) 50.9% R Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Likely D (flip) Lean D (flip) Likely D (flip) Lean D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Whitmer (D)
Minnesota D+1 Mark Dayton (D) (Retiring) 50.1% D Likely D Likely D Lean D Lean D Likely D Lean D Likely D Likely D Walz (D)
Nebraska R+14 Pete Ricketts (R) 57.2% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Safe R Safe R Ricketts (R)
Nevada D+1 Brian Sandoval (R) (Term-limited) 70.6% R Tossup Tilt D (flip) Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Sisolak (D)
New Hampshire EVEN Chris Sununu (R) 48.8% R Lean R Lean R Lean R Tossup Likely R Lean R Lean R Likely R Sununu (R)
New Mexico D+3 Susana Martinez (R) (Term-limited) 57.3% R Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Grisham (D)
New York D+11 Andrew Cuomo (D) 54.2% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Likely D ^ Safe D Safe D Cuomo (D)
Ohio R+3 John Kasich (R) (Term-limited) 63.8% R Tossup Tossup Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup DeWine (R)
Oklahoma R+20 Mary Fallin (R) (Term-limited) 55.8% R Tossup Lean R Lean R Lean R Lean R Likely R ^ Lean R Likely R Stitt (R)
Oregon D+5 Kate Brown (D) 50.9% D Tossup Tilt D Lean D Tossup Lean D Lean D Lean D Likely D Brown (D)
Pennsylvania EVEN Tom Wolf (D) 54.9% D Likely D Likely D Safe D Safe D Safe D Likely D ^ Likely D Safe D Wolf (D)
Rhode Island D+10 Gina Raimondo (D) 40.7% D Lean D Lean D Likely D Likely D Lean D Likely D ^ Lean D Safe D Raimondo (D)
South Carolina R+8 Henry McMaster (R) 55.9% R Likely R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Likely R Safe R McMaster (R)
South Dakota R+14 Dennis Daugaard (R) (Term-limited) 70.5% R Tossup Tilt R Lean R Tossup Lean R Likely R ^ Tossup Lean R Noem (R)
Tennessee R+14 Bill Haslam (R)
70.3% R Likely R Safe R Safe R Likely R Safe R Likely R ^ Likely R Safe R Lee (R)
Texas R+8 Greg Abbott (R) 59.3% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Safe R Safe R Abbott (R)
Vermont D+15 Phil Scott (R) 52.9% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R Likely R Likely R ^ Lean R Likely R Scott (R)
Wisconsin EVEN Scott Walker (R) 52.3% R Tossup Tossup Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup Evers (D)
Wyoming R+25 Matt Mead (R)
58.3% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^ Safe R Safe R Gordon (R)

^ Highest Rating given

Race summary[edit]


State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Alabama Kay Ivey Republican 2017[c] Incumbent elected to full term Kay Ivey (R)[11]
Walt Maddox (D)[12]
Alaska Bill Walker Independent 2014 Incumbent retired
New governor elected
Republican gain
Mike J. Dunleavy (R)[13]
Mark Begich (D)[14]
William Toien (L)
Arizona Doug Ducey Republican 2014 Incumbent reelected Doug Ducey (R)[15]
David Garcia (D)[16]
Angel Torres (G)
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson Republican 2014 Incumbent reelected Asa Hutchinson (R)[17]
Jared Henderson (D)[18]
Mark West (L)[19]
California Jerry Brown Democratic 2010[d] Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Democratic hold
Gavin Newsom (D)[20][21]
John H. Cox (R)[22][21]
Colorado John Hickenlooper Democratic 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Democratic hold
Jared Polis (D)[23]
Walker Stapleton (R)[24]
Scott Helker (L)[25]
Bill Hammons (UPA)[26]
Connecticut Dan Malloy Democratic 2010 Incumbent retired
New governor elected
Democratic hold
Ned Lamont (D)[27]
Bob Stefanowski (R)[28]
Oz Griebel (I)[29]
Rod Hanscomb (L)
Florida Rick Scott Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican hold
Ron DeSantis (R)[30]
Andrew Gillum (D)[31]
Darcy Richardson (Reform)[32]
Georgia Nathan Deal Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican hold
Brian Kemp (R)[33]
Stacey Abrams (D)[34]
Ted Metz (L)[35]
Hawaii David Ige Democratic 2014 Incumbent reelected David Ige (D)[36][37]
Andria Tupola (R)[38][37]
Jim Brewer (G)[37]
Terrence Teruya (I)[37]
Selina Blackwell (I)[37]
Idaho Butch Otter Republican 2006 Incumbent retired
New governor elected
Republican hold
Brad Little (R)[39][40]
Paulette Jordan (D)[41][40]
Illinois Bruce Rauner Republican 2014 Incumbent lost reelection
New governor elected
Democratic gain
J. B. Pritzker (D)[42]
Bruce Rauner (R)[43]
William McCann (Conservative)[44]
Grayson Jackson (L)[45]
Iowa Kim Reynolds Republican 2017[e] Incumbent elected to full term Kim Reynolds (R)[46]
Fred Hubbell (D)[47]
Jake Porter (L)[48]
Gary Siegwarth (I)
Kansas Jeff Colyer Republican 2018[f] Incumbent lost nomination for full term
New governor elected
Democratic gain
Laura Kelly (D)[49]
Kris Kobach (R)[50]
Greg Orman (I)[51]
Jeff Caldwell (L)[52]
Richard Kloos (I)[53]
Maine Paul LePage Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Democratic gain
Janet Mills (D)[54]
Shawn Moody (R)[55]
Teresea Hayes (I)[56]
Maryland Larry Hogan Republican 2014 Incumbent reelected Larry Hogan (R)[57]
Ben Jealous (D)[58]
Massachusetts Charlie Baker Republican 2014 Incumbent reelected Charlie Baker (R)[59]
Jay Gonzalez (D)[60]
Michigan Rick Snyder Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Democratic gain
Gretchen Whitmer (D)
Bill Schuette (R)
Bill Gelineau (L)
Jennifer Kurland (G)
Minnesota Mark Dayton DFL 2010 Incumbent retired
New governor elected
Democratic hold
Tim Walz (DFL)[61]
Jeff Johnson (R)[62]
Chris Wright (LMNP)
Nebraska Pete Ricketts Republican 2014 Incumbent reelected Pete Ricketts (R)[63]
Bob Krist (D)[64]
Nevada Brian Sandoval Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Democratic gain
Steve Sisolak (D)
Adam Laxalt (R)
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 Incumbent reelected Chris Sununu (R)[65]
Molly Kelly (D)
Jilletta Jarvis (L)
New Mexico Susana Martinez Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Democratic gain
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)[66]
Steve Pearce (R)[67]
New York Andrew Cuomo Democratic 2010 Incumbent reelected Andrew Cuomo (D)
Marcus Molinaro (R)
Howie Hawkins (G)
Larry Sharpe (L)
Stephanie Miner (SAM)
Ohio John Kasich Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican hold
Mike DeWine (R)[68]
Richard Cordray (D)[69]
Travis Irvine (L)[70]
Constance Gadell-Newton (G)
Oklahoma Mary Fallin Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican hold
Kevin Stitt (R)
Drew Edmondson (D)
Chris Powell (L)
Oregon Kate Brown Democratic 2015[g] Incumbent reelected Kate Brown (D)[71]
Knute Buehler (R)[72]
Patrick Starnes (I)
Nick Chen (L)
Aaron Auer (C)
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf Democratic 2014 Incumbent reelected Tom Wolf (D)
Scott Wagner (R)[73]
Ken Krawchuk (L)
Rhode Island Gina Raimondo Democratic 2014 Incumbent reelected Gina Raimondo (D)[74]
Allan Fung (R)
Joseph Trillo (I)[75]
South Carolina Henry McMaster Republican 2017[h] Incumbent elected to full term Henry McMaster (R)[76]
James E. Smith, Jr. (D)
South Dakota Dennis Daugaard Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican hold
Kristi Noem (R)[77]
Billie Sutton (D)
Kurt Evans (L)
Tennessee Bill Haslam Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican hold
Bill Lee (R)
Karl Dean (D)[78]
Texas Greg Abbott Republican 2014 Incumbent reelected Greg Abbott (R)
Lupe Valdez (D)[79]
Mark Tippetts (L)
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 Incumbent reelected Phil Scott (R)
Christine Hallquist (D)
Wisconsin Scott Walker Republican 2010 Incumbent lost reelection
New governor elected
Democratic gain
Tony Evers (D)[80]
Scott Walker (R)
Phil Anderson (L)
Michael White (G)[81]
Wyoming Matt Mead Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican hold
Mark Gordon (R)
Mary Throne (D)
Rex Rammell (C)
Lawrence Struempf (L)[82][83]


Territory Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Guam Eddie Calvo Republican 2010 Incumbent term limited[84]
New governor elected
Democratic gain
Lou Leon Guerrero (D)
Ray Tenorio (R)
Frank Aguon (D, write-in)
U.S. Virgin Islands Kenneth Mapp Independent 2014 Running[85]
Runoff election on November 20, 2018
Kenneth Mapp (I)[86]
Albert Bryan (D)[86][87]
Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Torres Republican 2015[i] Incumbent reelected[88][89] Ralph Torres (R)
Juan Babauta (I)[90]

Federal district[edit]

Washington, D.C. currently does not have a governor due to its current status as a federal district, but it does have a mayor with mayoral elections every four years.

Federal District Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser Democratic 2014 Incumbent reelected[91] Muriel Bowser (D)
Dustin Canter (I)
Martin Moulton (L)
Ann Wilcox (G)


Alabama gubernatorial election, 2018

← 2014 November 6, 2018 2022 →
  Portrait-Governor-Kay-Ivey.jpg Walter Maddox May 2011 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Kay Ivey Walt Maddox
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,019,773 691,671
Percentage 59.6% 40.4%

Governor before election

Kay Ivey

Elected Governor

Kay Ivey

Incumbent Governor Kay Ivey, who took office upon Robert Bentley's resignation in April 2017, is seeking election to a full term.[92] She is facing Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in the general election.


Alaska gubernatorial election, 2018

← 2014 November 6, 2018 2022 →
  Senator Mike Dunleavy.jpg Mark Begich, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Nominee Mike Dunleavy Mark Begich
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Kevin Meyer Debra Call
Popular vote 131,721 112,119
Percentage 51.9% 44.2%

Governor before election

Bill Walker

Elected Governor

Mike Dunleavy

One-term incumbent Bill Walker ran for re-election as an independent but dropped out of the race on October 19 to endorse Mark Begich (several days after Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott resigned and several weeks before election day).

Former Alaska Senate member Mike Dunleavy won the Republican nomination.

Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination.[93]

Billy Tolein is running for governor on the Libertarian party ticket.


One-term incumbent Doug Ducey is seeking re-election.

Professor David Garcia won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.[94]

Libertarian candidate for president in 2016 Kevin McCormick has declared his candidacy.[95]


One-term incumbent Asa Hutchinson is running for re-election.

Jared Henderson, a former state executive director for Teach For America, won the Democratic nomination.[18]

Libertarian Mark West is seeking his party's nomination.[96][97]


Two-term consecutive, four-term non-consecutive Governor Jerry Brown is term-limited, as California Governors are limited to lifetime service of two terms in office. Brown previously served as governor from 1975 to 1983; California law affects only terms served after 1990.[98]

The Democratic nominee is current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.[20][99]

The Republican nominee is businessman John H. Cox.[22]

Libertarian candidates include transhumanist activist Zoltan Istvan.[100]


Two-term Governor John Hickenlooper is term-limited, as Colorado does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.[101]

The Democratic nominee is U.S. Representative Jared Polis.[23]

The Republican nominee is Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.


Two-term Governor Dan Malloy is eligible to seek re-election, but declined do so.[102][103][104]

The Democratic nominee is former selectman from Greenwich Ned Lamont.

Republicans endorsed Mark Boughton Mayor of Danbury at the statewide nominating convention held on May 11 and 12, 2018, at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard. Candidates qualifying to primary at the convention were former First Selectman of Trumbull, Tim Herbst and former candidate for Congress, Steve Obsitnik. Failing to qualify at the convention to primary were Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, former secretary of state candidate Peter Lumaj, state representative Prasad Srinivasan, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and Stamford Director of Administration, Mike Handler.

Businessman Bob Stefanowski became the second candidate in the history of Connecticut to petition to be on the primary ballot on June 18, 2018, and the first for a gubernatorial race.[105] Businessman David Stemerman became the third to do so on June 19, 2018.[106] Neither Stefanowski nor Stemerman participated in the statewide convention.[107] Both Mayor Lauretti and Mr. Handler pledged to conduct a petition drive to get on the August 14, 2018 primary election ballot, but dropped out.

Micah Welintukonis, former vice chair of the Coventry Town Council has announced as an independent.[108]


Two-term Governor Rick Scott is term-limited, as Florida does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.

U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis won the Republican nomination.[109]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination.[110]

Randy Wiseman is seeking the Libertarian nomination.[111]


Two-term Governor Nathan Deal is term-limited, as Georgia does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp won first and second place in the May 22 Republican primary; Cagle lost the runoff to Kemp on July 24, 2018.

State Representative Stacey Abrams garnered the Democratic nomination outright.[34]

Ted Metz, chair of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, ran unopposed in the Libertarian primary.[35]


The incumbent two-term governor Eddie Baza Calvo is term-limited, after his recent re-election win in 2014, as Guam does not allow governors to serve more than two consecutive terms.

Republican Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio officially declared his bid to succeed Eddie Calvo as the next Governor of Guam. Tenorio won Republican nomination without opposition.

The Democratic nominee is former Territorial Senator Lou Leon Guerrero, who defeated three other politicians in the August 24 primary.


One-term Governor David Ige is running for re-election. Ige took office after defeating previous Governor Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary and then winning the general election. Ige was nominated again, after defeating a primary challenge by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa.

The Republican nominee is state house minority leader Andria Tupola.


Three-term Governor Butch Otter is eligible to seek re-election, but has stated that he will not do so.[112]

Lieutenant Governor Brad Little won the Republican nomination.[113]

Paulette Jordan, a former state representative, was nominated in the Democratic primary.[114]


One-term incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner is running for re-election.[115] State Representative Jeanne Ives also ran for the Republican nomination, but lost narrowly to Rauner.[116]

On the Democratic side, Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber,[117] former chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and member of the Kennedy family Chris Kennedy,[118][119] State Representative Scott Drury,[120] State Senator Daniel Biss,[121] and venture capitalist J. B. Pritzker[42] all ran for the Democratic nomination. Pritzker, who is related to former United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, won the primary, and if he wins he will become one of the wealthiest governors in United States history.

Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson was nominated at the state party convention on March 3.[122] He defeated Matt Scaro and Jon Stewart.[123]


Incumbent Governor Kim Reynolds took office in 2017, upon the resignation of Terry Branstad, following his confirmation as ambassador to China.[124] Reynolds is seeking election to a full term in 2018.

Former gubernatorial aide John Norris, State Senator Nate Boulton, former state party chairwoman Andy McGuire, SEIU leader Cathy Glasson, attorney Jon Neiderbach, former Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn, and businessman Fred Hubbell sought the Democratic nomination, which Hubbell won.[125]

Jake Porter, who was the Libertarian nominee for secretary of state in 2010 and 2014, is running for the Libertarian nomination for governor.[48]


Jeff Colyer succeeded Sam Brownback in January 2018 after he was confirmed as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach defeated Governor Colyer, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, former state Senator Jim Barnett, and former state Representative Mark Hutton for the Republican nomination.[126]

The Democratic nominee is state Senator Laura Kelly.[126]

Businessman Greg Orman, who finished second in the 2014 U.S. Senate election in Kansas, is running as an Independent.[127]


Two-term governor Paul LePage is term-limited, as Maine does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms. LePage won re-election in a three-way race over Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, in 2014. The primary election was June 12, and conducted with ranked choice voting, a system recently implemented and being used for the first time in the 2018 elections in Maine. It will not be used in the general election due to an advisory opinion by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court calling its use in general elections for state offices unconstitutional.

Businessman and 2010 independent candidate for governor Shawn Moody has won the Republican nomination.

The Democratic nominee is Attorney General Janet Mills.

Two independent candidates qualified for the ballot; State Treasurer Terry Hayes and businessman and newspaper columnist Alan Caron.


One-term Republican incumbent Larry Hogan is running for re-election.

Former President of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous is the Democratic nominee.

Green Party candidate and entrepreneur Ian Schlakman is seeking his party's nomination.[128] Libertarian Shawn Quinn was nominated the LP's candidate by convention.[129]


One-term Republican incumbent Charlie Baker is running for re-election.

Former State Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez,[60] environmentalist Bob Massie,[130][131] and former Newton Mayor Setti Warren[132] have announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination. Warren has since announced his withdrawal from the race, leaving only Gonzalez and Massie.[133]


Two-term Governor Rick Snyder is term-limited, as Michigan does not allow governors to serve more than two terms.

Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck, and physician Jim Hines were seeking the Republican nomination.[134]

Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, former executive director of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion Abdul El-Sayed, and businessman Shri Thanedar were seeking the Democratic nomination.[134]

Bill Gelineau[135] and John Tatar[135] were seeking the Libertarian nomination.


Two-term Governor Mark Dayton is eligible to seek re-election, but has stated that he would not do so.[136]

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee is U.S. Representative Tim Walz.[137] The Republican nominee is Hennepin County Commissioner and 2014 gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson.

Former Independence Party Governor Jesse Ventura expressed interest in running again, but ultimately declined.[138]


Two-term Governor Brian Sandoval is term-limited, as Nevada does not allow governors to serve more than two terms.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt and State Treasurer Dan Schwartz ran for the Republican nomination, which Laxalt won.[139]

Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani sought the Democratic nomination, which Sisolak won.[140]


One-term incumbent Pete Ricketts is running for re-election. Former Governor Dave Heineman considered a primary challenge to Ricketts.[141]

State Senator Bob Krist won the Democratic nomination. He is no longer running against Ricketts as an independent.[142]

New Hampshire[edit]

Chris Sununu, who was elected in 2016 by a margin of two percent, is seeking re-election.[65]

Former Portsmouth Mayor and 2016 candidate Steve Marchand[143] and former State Senator Molly Kelly[144] are running for the Democratic nomination.

Jilletta Jarvis is seeking the Libertarian nomination.[145]

New Mexico[edit]

Two-term Governor Susana Martinez is term-limited, as New Mexico does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.

U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham[146] is facing U.S. Representative Steve Pearce in the general election.[67]

New York[edit]

Two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo is running for re-election, as New York does not have gubernatorial term limits.[147]

Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon challenged Cuomo for the Democratic Party nomination, but did not win.[148]

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is the Republican nominee.

Libertarian Larry Sharpe was the first opponent to declare his candidacy in the race,[149] declaring his candidacy on July 12, 2017 – and has since won the Libertarian nomination for governor.[150]

Northern Mariana Islands[edit]

Incumbent Governor Ralph Torres, who took office upon Eloy Inos's death in December 2015, is seeking election to a full term.[88] Former Governor Juan Babauta is also seeking the governorship, running as an independent.[90]


Two-term Governor John Kasich is term-limited, as Ohio does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.

Attorney General Mike DeWine[68][151] and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor[152] ran for the Republican nomination, which DeWine won.

Former U.S. Representative and Two-Time Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich, Ohio Attorney General and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray,[153] State Senator Joe Schiavoni,[154] ran for the Democratic nomination, which was won by Cordray.

Green Party nominee for State House in 2016 Constance Gadell-Newton has declared her candidacy.[155]

Filmaker and comedian Travis Irvine is the Libertarian Party's candidate for governor.[70]


Two-term Governor Mary Fallin is term-limited, as Oklahoma does not allow governors to serve more than two terms.

Businessman Kevin Stitt advanced to a runoff in the Republican primary, eventually winning.

With only one opponent in the primary, former Attorney General Drew Edmondson won the Democratic nomination outright.

The Libertarian nominee is Chris Powell.[156]


Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon in February 2015 following the resignation of John Kitzhaber. In accordance with Oregon law, a special election was held in 2016, which Brown won.[157] She is running for a full term and won the primary.[158]

State Representative Knute Buehler won the Republican nomination.[159]


One-term Governor Tom Wolf is eligible for re-election and was unopposed in the primary.

State Senator Scott Wagner won the Republican nomination.[160]

Libertarian Ken Krawchuk has announced his candidacy.[161]

Rhode Island[edit]

First-term Governor Gina Raimondo is running for re-election.

South Carolina[edit]

Henry McMaster succeeded Nikki Haley in January 2017 after she was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.[162] McMaster is seeking election to a full term in 2018.

No candidate won a majority in the June 12 Republican primary. Hence, the top two finishers, McMaster and John Warren, competed in a runoff, which McMaster won.

State Representative James E. Smith Jr. won the Democratic primary outright.[163]

South Dakota[edit]

Two-term Governor Dennis Daugaard is term-limited, as South Dakota does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem and Billie Sutton, the Minority Leader of the South Dakota Senate, won the Republican and Democratic nominations, respectively.


Two-term Governor Bill Haslam is term-limited, as Tennessee does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.

Businessman Bill Lee defeated former Haslam administration official Randy Boyd, U.S. Representative Diane Black, and Speaker of Tennessee House of Representatives, Beth Harwell for the Republican nomination.

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean defeated House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh for the Democrat nomination. [164]


One-term incumbent Greg Abbott is running for re-election.

Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff announced her bid on December 6, 2017 and, after a runoff primary with Andrew White, entrepreneur and son of Governor Mark White, won the nomination.

Both Kathie Glass[165] and Kory Watkins[166] are seeking the Libertarian nomination.


As the Governor of Vermont serves a two-year term, Phil Scott, who was elected in 2016, is running to seek re-election. He was nominated in the primary.

Former Vermont Electric Cooperative CEO Christine Hallquist is the Democratic nominee. She is the first transgender woman to be nominated for governor by a major party.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman has declined running as a Progressive in the election and instead will run for re-election to his current position.

U.S. Virgin Islands[edit]

No candidate received a majority of the vote (50%+), therefore a runoff will be held on November 20, 2018.


Two-term incumbent Scott Walker is eligible for re-election, as Wisconsin does not have gubernatorial term limits.

State schools superintendent Tony Evers won the Democratic nomination.[167]

2016 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Anderson has declared his candidacy.[168]

Michael White is the candidate for the Green Party.


Two-term Governor Matt Mead is term-limited, as Wyoming limits governors to serving for eight years in a sixteen-year period.

The Republican nominee is State Treasurer Mark Gordon.

Former state House Minority leader Mary Throne won the Democratic nomination.[169]


  1. ^ The Fox News Midterm Power Rankings uniquely does not contain a category for Safe/Solid races
  2. ^ Reflects the "classic" version of the forecast model.
  3. ^ Kay Ivey took office in 2017 after her predecessor, Robert J. Bentley resigned.
  4. ^ Brown also served as governor from 1975 to 1983.
  5. ^ Kim Reynolds took office in 2017 after her predecessor, Terry Branstad, resigned.
  6. ^ Jeff Colyer took office in 2018 after his predecessor, Sam Brownback, resigned.
  7. ^ Kate Brown took office in 2015 after her predecessor, John Kitzhaber resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2016 special gubernatorial election.
  8. ^ Henry McMaster took office in 2017 after his predecessor, Nikki Haley resigned.
  9. ^ Ralph Torres took office in 2015 after the death of his predecessor, Eloy Inos.


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