United States gubernatorial elections, 2018

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36 states; 3 territories

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Jay Inslee
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United States gubernatorial elections will be held on November 6, 2018, in 36 states and three territories. In addition, special elections may take place (depending on state law) if other gubernatorial seats are vacated. These elections form part of the 2018 United States 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 make some multi-term governors ineligible for re-election. Two Democratic governors are term-limited, while six incumbent Democratic governors are eligible for re-election. Among Republican governors, twelve are term-limited, while eleven can seek re-election. One independent governor is eligible for re-election.

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 in FoxNews, where "Likely" is the highest rating given.) Governors whose name are in parentheses are not contesting the election.

State PVI Incumbent[1] Last race Cook
September 14, 2018[2]
September 14, 2018[3]
September 20, 2018[4]
September 16, 2018[5]
Daily Kos
September 17, 2018[6]
Fox News
September 19, 2018[7]
Alabama R+14 Kay Ivey (R) 63.6% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R Likely R ^
Alaska R+9 Bill Walker (I) 48.1% I Lean R (flip) Tilt R (flip) Lean R (flip) Lean R (flip) Likely R (flip) Tossup
Arizona R+5 Doug Ducey (R) 53.4% R Likely R Lean R Lean R Lean R Lean R Lean R
Arkansas R+15 Asa Hutchinson (R) 55.4% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^
California D+12 Jerry Brown (D) (Term-limited) 60.0% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Likely D ^
Colorado D+1 John Hickenlooper (D) (Term-limited) 48.4% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D
Connecticut D+6 Dan Malloy (D) (Retiring) 50.9% D Tossup Lean D Tossup Likely D Tossup Tossup
Florida R+2 Rick Scott (R) (Term-limited) 48.2% R Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup
Georgia R+5 Nathan Deal (R) (Term-limited) 52.8% R Tossup Lean R Lean R Tossup Lean R Lean R
Hawaii D+18 David Ige (D) 49.0% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Likely D ^
Idaho R+19 Butch Otter (R) (Retiring) 53.5% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^
Illinois D+7 Bruce Rauner (R) 50.3% R Lean D (flip) Lean D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Lean D (flip)
Iowa R+3 Kim Reynolds (R) 59.0% R Tossup Tilt R Tossup Tossup Lean R Tossup
Kansas R+13 Jeff Colyer (R) (Lost Renomination) 49.8% R Tossup Lean R Lean R Tossup Lean R Lean R
Maine D+3 Paul LePage (R) (Term-limited) 48.2% R Tossup Tilt D (flip) Tossup Lean D (flip) Tossup Tossup
Maryland D+12 Larry Hogan (R) 51.0% R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R ^
Massachusetts D+12 Charlie Baker (R) 48.5% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^
Michigan D+1 Rick Snyder (R) (Term-limited) 50.9% R Lean D (flip) Tilt D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Lean D (flip) Tossup
Minnesota D+1 Mark Dayton (D) (Retiring) 50.1% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D
Nebraska R+14 Pete Ricketts (R) 57.2% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^
Nevada D+1 Brian Sandoval (R) (Term-limited) 70.6% R Tossup Tilt D (flip) Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup
New Hampshire EVEN Chris Sununu (R) 48.8% R Likely R Lean R Lean R Likely R Likely R Lean 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)
New York D+11 Andrew Cuomo (D) 54.2% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Likely D ^
Ohio R+3 John Kasich (R) (Term-limited) 63.8% R Tossup Tilt R Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean R
Oklahoma R+20 Mary Fallin (R) (Term-limited) 55.8% R Likely R Lean R Lean R Lean R Lean R Likely R ^
Oregon D+5 Kate Brown (D) 50.9% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Likely D Likely D ^
Pennsylvania EVEN Tom Wolf (D) 54.9% D Likely D Likely D Likely D Likely D Likely D Likely D ^
Rhode Island D+10 Gina Raimondo (D) 40.7% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Likely D ^
South Carolina R+8 Henry McMaster (R) 55.9% R Likely R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R Likely R ^
South Dakota R+14 Dennis Daugaard (R) (Term-limited) 70.5% R Likely R Likely R Likely R Safe R Likely R Likely R ^
Tennessee R+14 Bill Haslam (R) (Term-limited) 70.3% R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R ^
Texas R+8 Greg Abbott (R) 59.3% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R Safe R Likely R ^
Vermont D+15 Phil Scott (R) 52.9% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R Safe R Likely R ^
Wisconsin EVEN Scott Walker (R) 52.3% R Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup
Wyoming R+25 Matt Mead (R) (Term-limited) 58.3% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Likely R ^

^ Highest Rating given

Race summary[edit]


State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Alabama Kay Ivey Republican 2017[a] Nominated Tony Hewitt Jr (I)[8]
Kay Ivey (R)[9]
Eric Lathan (I)[10]
Walt Maddox (D)[11]
Alaska Bill Walker Independent 2014 On ballot Mark Begich (D)[12]
Mike J. Dunleavy (R)[13]
Bill Walker (I)[14]
Arizona Doug Ducey Republican 2014 Renominated Doug Ducey (R)[15]
David Garcia (D)[16]
Kevin McCormick (L)[17]
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson Republican 2014 Renominated Asa Hutchinson (R)[18]
Jared Henderson (D)[19]
Mark West (L)[20]
California Jerry Brown Democratic 2010[b] Term-limited John H. Cox (R)[21][22]
Gavin Newsom (D)[23][22]
Colorado John Hickenlooper Democratic 2010 Term-limited Marcus Giavanni (I)[24]
Bill Hammons (UPA)[25]
Scott Helker (L)[26]
Jared Polis (D)[27]
Walker Stapleton (R)[28]
Connecticut Dan Malloy Democratic 2010 Retiring Oz Griebel (I)[29]
Ned Lamont (D)[30]
Bob Stefanowski (R)[31]
Micah Welintukonis (I)[32]
Florida Rick Scott Republican 2010 Term-limited Riquet Caballero (L)
Ron DeSantis (R)[33]
Andrew Gillum (D)[34]
Darcy Richardson (Reform)[35]
Georgia Nathan Deal Republican 2010 Term-limited Stacey Abrams (D)[36]
Brian Kemp (R)[37]
Ted Metz (L)[38]
Hawaii David Ige Democratic 2014 Renominated Selina Blackwell (I)[39]
Jim Brewer (G)[39]
David Ige (D)[40][39]
Eric Link (I)[39]
Terrence Teruya (I)[39]
Andria Tupola (R)[41][39]
Idaho Butch Otter Republican 2006 Retiring Paulette Jordan (D)[42][43]
Brad Little (R)[44][43]
Adam Philips (I)[45]
Michael Richardson (I)[45]
John Thomas Wiechec (I)[45]
Illinois Bruce Rauner Republican 2014 Renominated Kash Jackson (L)[46]
Sam McCann (Conservative)[47]
Gregg Moore (I)[48]
J. B. Pritzker (D)[49]
Bruce Rauner (R)[50]
Dock Walls (I)[51]
Iowa Kim Reynolds Republican 2017[c] Nominated Marco Battaglia (L)[52]
Fred Hubbell (D)[53]
Jake Porter (L)[54]
Kim Reynolds (R)[55]
Kansas Jeff Colyer Republican 2018[d] Lost nomination Jeff Caldwell (L)[56]
Ilan Cohen (I)[57]
Aaron Coleman (I)[58]
Max Correa (I)[59]
Joe Larry Hunter (I)[60]
Laura Kelly (D)[61]
Rick Kloos (I)[62]
Kris Kobach (R)[63]
Greg Orman (I)[64]
Jared Rogers (I)[65]
Nicholas Schreiber (I)[66]
Conner Shelton (I)[67]
Maine Paul LePage Republican 2010 Term-limited Kenneth Capron (I)[68]
Alan Caron (I)[69]
Aaron Chadbourne (I)[70][e]
Terry Hayes (I)[71]
John Jenkins (I)[72]
Janet Mills (D)[73]
Shawn Moody (R)[74]
Maryland Larry Hogan Republican 2014 Renominated Larry Hogan (R)[75]
Ben Jealous (D)[76]
Massachusetts Charlie Baker Republican 2014 Renominated Charlie Baker (R)[77]
Jay Gonzalez (D)[78]
Michigan Rick Snyder Republican 2010 Term-limited Bill Gelineau (L)
Jennifer Kurland (G)
Bill Schuette (R)
Gretchen Whitmer (D)[79]
Minnesota Mark Dayton DFL 2010 Retiring Jeff Johnson (R)[80]
Jenny Rhoades (I)[81]
Tim Walz (DFL)[82]
Chris Wright (LMNP)
Nebraska Pete Ricketts Republican 2014 Renominated Bob Krist (D)[83]
Pete Ricketts (R)[84]
Nevada Brian Sandoval Republican 2010 Term-limited Adam Laxalt (R)
Steve Sisolak (D)
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 Renominated Jilletta Jarvis (L)
Molly Kelly (D)
Chris Sununu (R)[85]
New Mexico Susana Martinez Republican 2010 Term-limited Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)[86]
Steve Pearce (R)[87]
New York Andrew Cuomo Democratic 2010 Renominated Andrew Cuomo (D)
Howie Hawkins (G)
Stephanie Miner (SAM)
Marcus Molinaro (R)
Larry Sharpe (L)
Ohio John Kasich Republican 2010 Term-limited Richard Cordray (D)[88]
Mike DeWine (R)[89]
Constance Gadell-Newton (G)
Oklahoma Mary Fallin Republican 2010 Term-limited Kevin Stitt (R)
Drew Edmondson (D)
Chris Powell (L)
Oregon Kate Brown Democratic 2015[f] Renominated Kate Brown (D)[90]
Knute Buehler (R)[91]
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf Democratic 2014 Renominated Ken Krawchuk (L)
Scott Wagner (R)[92]
Tom Wolf (D)
Rhode Island Gina Raimondo Democratic 2014 Renominated Allan Fung (R)
Gina Raimondo (D)[93]
Joe Trillo (I)[94]
South Carolina Henry McMaster Republican 2017[g] Nominated Henry McMaster (R)[95]
James E. Smith Jr. (D)
South Dakota Dennis Daugaard Republican 2010 Term-limited Kristi Noem (R)[96]
Billie Sutton (D)
Tennessee Bill Haslam Republican 2010 Term-limited Karl Dean (D)[97]
Bill Lee (R)
Texas Greg Abbott Republican 2014 Renominated Greg Abbott (R)
Mark Tippetts (L)
Lupe Valdez (D)[98]
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 Renominated Joseph Barney (I)
Christine Hallquist (D)
Phil Scott (R)
Wisconsin Scott Walker Republican 2010 Renominated Phil Anderson (L)
Tony Evers (D)[99]
Scott Walker (R)
Michael White (G)[100]
Wyoming Matt Mead Republican 2010 Term-limited Mark Gordon (R)
Rex Rammell (C)
Mary Throne (D)
Lawrence Struempf (L)[101][102]


Territory Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Guam Eddie Calvo Republican 2010 Term-limited[103] Lou Leon Guerrero (D)
Ray Tenorio (R)
U.S. Virgin Islands Kenneth Mapp Independent 2014 Running[104] Kenneth Mapp (I)[105]
Soraya Diase Coffelt (I)[106]
Warren Mosler (I)[107][108]
Albert Bryan (D)[105][109]
Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Torres Republican 2015[h] Running[110] Juan Babauta (I)[111]
Ralph Torres (R)

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 Renominated[112]

States/territories holding gubernatorial elections[edit]


Incumbent Governor Kay Ivey, who took office upon Robert Bentley's resignation in April 2017, is seeking election to a full term.[113] She is facing Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in the general election.


One-term incumbent Bill Walker is running for re-election as an independent.

Former Alaska Senate member Mike Dunleavy won the Republican nomination.

Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich ran uncontested for the Democratic nomination.[114]

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.[115]

Libertarian candidate for President in 2016 Kevin McCormick has declared his candidacy.[116]


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.[19]

Libertarian Mark West is seeking his party's nomination.[117][118]


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.[119]

Democratic candidates running include Michael Bracamontes, California State Treasurer John Chiang,[120] former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin,[121] Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom,[23][122] and former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa.[123]

Businessman John H. Cox[21] and State Assemblyman Travis Allen,[124] are running for governor as Republicans.

Libertarian candidates include transhumanist activist Zoltan Istvan.[125]

Newsom and Cox finished first and second respectively in California's "top-two primary" system. Villaraigosa finished a distant third.


Two-term Governor John Hickenlooper is term-limited, as Colorado does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.[126]

The Democratic nominee is U.S. Representative Jared Polis,.[27]

The Republican nominee is Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.


Two-term Governor Dan Malloy is eligible to seek re-election, but declined do so.[127][128][129]

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.[130] Businessman David Stemerman became the third to do so on June 19, 2018.[131] Neither Stefanowski nor Stemerman participated in the statewide convention.[132] 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.[133]


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.[134]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination.[135]

Randy Wiseman is seeking the Libertarian nomination.[136]


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.


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.[36]

Ted Metz, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, ran unopposed in the Libertarian primary.[137]


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.[138]

Lieutenant Governor Brad Little won the Republican nomination.[139]

Paulette Jordan, a former state representative, was nominated in the Democratic primary.[140]


One-term incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner is running for re-election.[141] State Representative Jeanne Ives also ran for the Republican nomination, but lost narrowly to Rauner.[142]

On the Democratic side, Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber,[143] former Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and member of the Kennedy family Chris Kennedy,[144][145] State Representative Scott Drury,[146] State Senator Daniel Biss,[147] and venture capitalist J. B. Pritzker[148] 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.[149] He defeated Matt Scaro and Jon Stewart.[150]


Incumbent Governor Kim Reynolds took office in 2017, upon the resignation of Terry Branstad, following his confirmation as ambassador to China.[151] 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.[152]

Jake Porter, who was the Libertarian nominee for secretary of state in 2010 and 2014, is running for the Libertarian nomination for governor.[54]


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.[153]

The Democratic nominee is state Senator Laura Kelly.[153]

Businessman Greg Orman, who finished second in the 2014 U.S. Senate election in Kansas, is running as an Independent.[154]


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.

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

The Democratic nominee is Attorney General Janet Mills.

Independents who have announced candidacies include State Treasurer Terry Hayes,[155] former Democratic State Senator, former Lewiston mayor and former Auburn mayor John Jenkins,[156] and businessman and newspaper columnist Alan Caron.[157]


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.[158] Libertarian Shawn Quinn was nominated the LP's candidate by convention.[159]


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

Former State Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez,[78] environmentalist Bob Massie,[160][161] and former Newton Mayor Setti Warren[162] have announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination. Warren has since announced his withdrawal from the race, leaving only Gonzalez and Massie.[163]


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

Attoney General Bill Schuette, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck, and physician Jim Hines were seeking the Republican nomination.[164]

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.[164]

Bill Gelineau[165] and John Tatar[165] 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.[166]

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee is U.S. Representative Tim Walz.[167] 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.[168]


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.[169]

Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani sought the Democratic nomination, which Sisolak won.[170]


One-term incumbent Pete Ricketts is running for re-election. Former Governor Dave Heineman considered a primary challenge to Ricketts.[171]

State Senator Bob Krist won the Democratic nomination. He is no longer running against Ricketts as an independent.[172]

New Hampshire[edit]

Chris Sununu, who was elected in 2016 by a margin of two percent, is seeking re-election.[85]

Former Portsmouth Mayor and 2016 candidate Steve Marchand[173] and former State Senator Molly Kelly[174] are running for the Democratic nomination.

Jilletta Jarvis is seeking the Libertarian nomination.[175]

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[176] is facing U.S. Representative Steve Pearce in the general election.[87]

New York[edit]

Two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo is running for re-election, as New York does not have gubernatorial term limits.[177]

Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon challenged Cuomo for the Democratic Party nomination, but did not win.[178]

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is the Republican nominee.

Libertarian Larry Sharpe was the first opponent to declare his candidacy in the race,[179] declaring his candidacy on July 12, 2017 – and has since won the Libertarian nomination for Governor.[180]

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.[110] Former Governor Juan Babauta is also seeking the governorship, running as an independent.[111]


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

Attorney General Mike DeWine[89][181] and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor[182] 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,[183] State Senator Joe Schiavoni,[184] 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.[185]


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.[186]


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.[187] She is running for a full term and won the primary.[188]

State Representative Knute Buehler won the Republican nomination.[189]


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

State Senator Scott Wagner won the Republican nomination.[190]

Libertarian Ken Krawchuk has announced his candidacy.[191]

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.[192] 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.[193]

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.

Republican candidates include U.S. Representatives Diane Black,[194] Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell,[195] state Senator Mae Beavers,[196] former Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd,[197] businessman Bill Lee,[198] and realtor, tea party activist, and Democratic nominee for TN-01 in 1996 and 1998 Kay White.[199]

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh are seeking the Democratic nomination.[200] Phil Bredesen is not seeking his former position as governor, as he is running for the United States Senate in 2018.


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[201] and Kory Watkins[202] 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 reelection to his current position.


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.[203]

2016 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Anderson has declared his candidacy.[204]

And Michael White is the Green Candidate.


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.[205]


  1. ^ Kay Ivey took office in 2017 after her predecessor, Robert J. Bentley resigned.
  2. ^ Brown also served as governor from 1975 to 1983.
  3. ^ Kim Reynolds took office in 2017 after her predecessor, Terry Branstad, resigned.
  4. ^ Jeff Colyer took office in 2018 after his predecessor, Sam Brownback, resigned.
  5. ^ Aaron Chadbourne is a registered Republican, but filed his write-in candidacy on June 14, 2018, two days after the Maine Republican Party nominated Shawn Moody.
  6. ^ Kate Brown took office in 2015 after her predecessor, John Kitzhaber resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2016 special gubernatorial election.
  7. ^ Henry McMaster took office in 2017 after his predecessor, Nikki Haley resigned.
  8. ^ Ralph Torres took office in 2015 after the death of his predecessor, Eloy Inos.


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