2004 United States gubernatorial elections

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13 governorships
11 states; 2 territories
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Seats before 28 22
Seats after 28 22
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 7,217,743 7,364,287
Percentage 49.50% 50.50%
Seats up 5 6
Seats won 5 6

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     Republican hold      Republican gain
     Democratic hold      Democratic gain
     Popular Democratic hold      Nonpartisan
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United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 2, 2004, in 11 states and two territories. There was no net gain in seats for either party, as Democrats picked up an open seat in Montana while defeating incumbent Craig Benson in New Hampshire, while Republicans defeated incumbent Joe Kernan in Indiana and won Missouri after Bob Holden lost in the primary. These elections coincided with the presidential election.

Election results

States

State Incumbent Party First
elected
Result Candidates
Delaware Ruth Ann Minner Democratic 2000 Incumbent re-elected.
Indiana Joe Kernan Democratic 2003[a] Incumbent lost re-election.
New governor elected.
Republican gain.
Missouri Bob Holden Democratic 2000 Incumbent lost re-nomination.
New governor elected.
Republican gain.
Montana Judy Martz Republican 2000 Incumbent retired.
New governor elected.
Democratic gain.
New Hampshire Craig Benson Republican 2002 Incumbent lost re-election.
New governor elected.
Democratic gain.
North Carolina Mike Easley Democratic 2000 Incumbent re-elected.
North Dakota John Hoeven Republican 2000 Incumbent re-elected.
Utah Olene Walker Republican 2003[b] Incumbent lost re-nomination.
New governor elected.
Republican hold.
Vermont Jim Douglas Republican 2002 Incumbent re-elected.
Washington Gary Locke Democratic 2000 Incumbent retired.
New governor elected.
Democratic hold.
West Virginia Bob Wise Democratic 2000 Incumbent retired.
New governor elected.
Democratic hold.

Territories

Territory Incumbent Party First
elected
Result Candidates
American Samoa Togiola Tulafono Democratic 2003[c] Incumbent elected to full term.
Puerto Rico Sila Calderón Popular Democratic 2000 Incumbent retired.
New governor elected.
Popular Democratic hold.

Closest races

States where the margin of victory was under 1%:

  1. Washington, 0.005%
  2. Puerto Rico, 0.2%

States where the margin of victory was under 5%:

  1. New Hampshire, 2.1%
  2. Missouri, 3.0%
  3. Montana, 4.4%

States where the margin of victory was under 10%:

  1. Delaware, 5.1%
  2. Indiana, 7.7%

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Kernan took office after his predecessor (Frank O'Bannon) died.
  2. ^ Walker took office after her predecessor (Mike Leavitt) resigned.
  3. ^ Tulafono took office after his predecessor (Tauese Sunia) died.