2022 United States gubernatorial elections

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United States gubernatorial elections will be held on November 8, 2022, in 36 states and three territories. Special elections may also take place (depending on state law) if other gubernatorial seats are vacated.

As most governors serve four-year terms, the last regular gubernatorial elections for all but two of the seats took place in 2018. The governors of New Hampshire and Vermont, each of whom serves two-year terms, ran in the 2020 elections. The 2022 gubernatorial elections will take place concurrently with several other federal, state, and local elections.

Partisan composition

Going into the election, there are 28 Republican governors and 22 Democratic governors in the United States. This class of governors is made up of 20 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

In contrast to 2018, where Republicans were defending eight seats in states won by Donald Trump in 2016, Republicans hold six seats in states won by Joe Biden in 2020. Meanwhile, Democrats were defending one governorship from the last midterm elections in a state won by Trump in 2016 and are now defending one governorship in a state that Trump won in 2020.

Election predictions

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 state, with the rating indicating the predicted advantage that a party has in winning that seat.

Most election predictors use:

State PVI[1] Incumbent[2] Last
race
Cook
July 26,
2022
[3]
IE
July 22,
2022
[4]
Sabato
June 29,
2022
[5]
Politico
May 23,
2022
[6]
RCP
August 3,
2022
[7]
Fox
July 11,
2022
[8]
538[a][b]
July 29,
2022
[9]
Alabama R+15 Kay Ivey 59.5% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
Alaska R+8 Mike Dunleavy 51.4% R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Lean R
Arizona R+2 Doug Ducey (term-limited) 56.0% R Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup
Arkansas R+16 Asa Hutchinson (term-limited) 65.3% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
California D+13 Gavin Newsom 61.9% D Solid D Solid D Safe D Solid D Safe D Solid D Solid D
Colorado D+4 Jared Polis 53.4% D Solid D Solid D Likely D Likely D Lean D Likely D Solid D
Connecticut D+7 Ned Lamont 49.4% D Likely D Solid D Likely D Likely D Lean D Likely D Likely D
Florida R+3 Ron DeSantis 49.6% R Likely R Likely R Likely R Likely R Lean R Likely R Likely R
Georgia R+3 Brian Kemp 50.2% R Lean R Tilt R Lean R Tossup Tossup Tossup Likely R
Hawaii D+14 David Ige (term-limited) 62.7% D Solid D Solid D Safe D Solid D Safe D Solid D Solid D
Idaho R+18 Brad Little 59.8% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
Illinois D+7 J. B. Pritzker 54.5% D Solid D Solid D Safe D Likely D Likely D Likely D Solid D
Iowa R+6 Kim Reynolds 50.3% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Likely R Likely R Solid R Solid R
Kansas R+10 Laura Kelly 48.0% D Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean R (flip) Tossup
Maine D+2 Janet Mills 50.9% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Tossup Tossup Likely D
Maryland D+14 Larry Hogan (term-limited) 55.4% R Solid D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Lean D (flip) Safe D (flip) Lean D (flip) Solid D (flip)
Massachusetts D+15 Charlie Baker (retiring) 66.6% R Solid D (flip) Lean D (flip) Likely D (flip) Likely D (flip) Safe D (flip) Likely D (flip) Solid D (flip)
Michigan R+1 Gretchen Whitmer 53.3% D Lean D Tilt D Lean D Lean D Tossup Tossup Solid D
Minnesota D+1 Tim Walz 53.8% D Likely D Likely D Lean D Lean D Tossup Lean D Likely D
Nebraska R+13 Pete Ricketts (term-limited) 59.0% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
Nevada R+1 Steve Sisolak 49.4% D Tossup Tilt D Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean D
New Hampshire D+1 Chris Sununu 65.1% R Solid R Likely R Safe R Likely R Safe R Likely R Solid R
New Mexico D+3 Michelle Lujan Grisham 57.2% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Tossup Lean D Likely D
New York D+10 Kathy Hochul 59.6% D Solid D Solid D Likely D Likely D Likely D Solid D Solid D
Ohio R+6 Mike DeWine 50.4% R Likely R Solid R Safe R Likely R Likely R Likely R Solid R
Oklahoma R+20 Kevin Stitt 54.3% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
Oregon D+6 Kate Brown (term-limited) 50.1% D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D
Pennsylvania R+2 Tom Wolf (term-limited) 57.8% D Lean D Tilt D Lean D Lean D Tossup Lean D Likely D
Rhode Island D+8 Dan McKee 52.6% D Solid D Solid D Likely D Likely D Likely D Likely D Solid D
South Carolina R+8 Henry McMaster 54.0% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
South Dakota R+16 Kristi Noem 51.0% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
Tennessee R+14 Bill Lee 59.6% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R
Texas R+5 Greg Abbott 55.8% R Likely R Solid R Likely R Likely R Lean R Likely R Solid R
Vermont D+16 Phil Scott 68.5% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Likely R Likely R Likely R Solid R
Wisconsin R+2 Tony Evers 49.5% D Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean D
Wyoming R+25 Mark Gordon 67.1% R Solid R Solid R Safe R Solid R Safe R Solid R Solid R

Race summary

States

State Governor Party First elected Last race Status Candidates
Alabama Kay Ivey Republican 2017[c] 59.5% R Renominated
Alaska Mike Dunleavy Republican 2018 51.4% R Running
Arizona Doug Ducey Republican 2014 56.0% R Term-limited
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson Republican 2014 65.3% R Term-limited
California Gavin Newsom Democratic 2018 61.9% D Renominated
Colorado Jared Polis Democratic 2018 53.4% D Renominated
Connecticut Ned Lamont Democratic 2018 49.4% D Renominated
Florida Ron DeSantis Republican 2018 49.6% R Renominated
Georgia Brian Kemp Republican 2018 50.2% R Renominated
Hawaii David Ige Democratic 2014 62.7% D Term-limited
  • Duke Aiona (Republican)[23]
  • David Bourgoin (Democratic)[23]
  • Vicky Cayetano (Democratic)[23]
  • Gary Cordery (Republican)[23]
  • Josh Green (Democratic)[23]
  • George Hawat (Republican)[23]
  • Keline Kehau (Republican)[23]
  • Kai Kahele (Democratic)[23]
  • Richard Kim (Democratic)[23]
  • Clyde Lewman (Democratic)[23]
  • Lynn Mariano (Republican)[23]
  • Paul Morgan (Republican)[23]
  • Caleb Nazara (Independent)[23]
  • Moses Paskowitz (Republican)[23]
  • BJ Penn (Republican)[23]
  • Van Tanabe (Democratic)[23]
  • Keleionalani Taylor (Independent)[23]
  • Heidi Tsuneyoshi (Republican)[23]
  • Walter Woods (Republican)[23]
Idaho Brad Little Republican 2018 59.8% R Renominated
Illinois J. B. Pritzker Democratic 2018 54.5% D Renominated
Iowa Kim Reynolds Republican 2017[d] 50.3% R Renominated
Kansas Laura Kelly Democratic 2018 48.0% D Renominated
Maine Janet Mills Democratic 2018 50.9% D Renominated
Maryland Larry Hogan Republican 2014 55.4% R Term-limited
Massachusetts Charlie Baker Republican 2014 66.6% R Retiring
Michigan Gretchen Whitmer Democratic 2018 53.3% D Renominated
Minnesota Tim Walz DFL 2018 53.8% DFL Running
Nebraska Pete Ricketts Republican 2014 59.0% R Term-limited
Nevada Steve Sisolak Democratic 2018 49.4% D Renominated
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 65.1% R Running
New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic 2018 57.2% D Renominated
New York Kathy Hochul Democratic 2021[e] 59.6% D Renominated
Ohio Mike DeWine Republican 2018 50.4% R Renominated
Oklahoma Kevin Stitt Republican 2018 54.3% R Renominated
Oregon Kate Brown Democratic 2015[f] 50.1% D Term-limited
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf Democratic 2014 57.8% D Term-limited
Rhode Island Dan McKee Democratic 2021[g] 52.6% D Running
South Carolina Henry McMaster Republican 2017[h] 54.0% R Renominated
South Dakota Kristi Noem Republican 2018 51.0% R Renominated
Tennessee Bill Lee Republican 2018 59.6% R Renominated
  • Constance Every (Independent)[52]
  • John Gentry (Independent)[52]
  • Bill Lee (Republican)[52]
  • Basil Marceaux (Independent)[52]
  • Jason Martin (Democratic)[52]
  • Charles Morgan (Independent)[52]
  • Alfred O'Neil (Independent)[52]
  • Deborah Rouse (Independent)[52]
  • Michael Scantland (Independent)[52]
  • Rick Tyler (Independent)[52]
Texas Greg Abbott Republican 2014 55.8% R Renominated
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 68.5% R Running
  • Stephen Bellows (Republican)[56]
  • Susan Davis (Progressive)[56]
  • Peter Duval (Republican)[56]
  • Kevin Hoyt (Independent)[56]
  • Bernard Peters (Independent)[56]
  • Phil Scott (Republican)[56]
  • Brenda Siegel (Democratic)[56]
Wisconsin Tony Evers Democratic 2018 49.5% D Running
Wyoming Mark Gordon Republican 2018 67.1% R Running

Territories and federal district

State Governor Party First elected Last race Status Candidates
District of Columbia Muriel Bowser Democratic 2014 76.4% D Renominated
Guam Lou Leon Guerrero Democratic 2018 50.7% D Running
Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Torres Republican 2015[i] 62.2% R Running
U.S. Virgin Islands Albert Bryan Democratic 2018 54.5% D Running

Alabama

Alabama gubernatorial election

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Nominee Kay Ivey Yolanda Flowers
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Kay Ivey
Republican



Main article: 2022 Alabama gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Alabama lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Kay Ivey took office on April 10, 2017, upon the resignation of Robert J. Bentley and was elected to a full term in her own right in 2018 with 59.5% of the vote. She is running for reelection to a second term.[69] Ivey won the Republican primary outright on May 24, 2022, against 8 opponents; the Democratic nominee is Yolanda Flowers.[70]

Alaska

Main article: 2022 Alaska gubernatorial election

Governor Mike Dunleavy was elected in 2018 with 51.4% of the vote. He announced on August 13, 2021, that he will run for re-election.[71] Dunleavy's 2018 opponent, former Governor Bill Walker, filed paperwork on August 17, 2021, declaring his candidacy for governor.[72]

Arizona

Arizona gubernatorial election

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Nominee Kari Lake Katie Hobbs
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Doug Ducey
Republican



Main article: 2022 Arizona gubernatorial election

Governor Doug Ducey was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 56% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Arizona Constitution in 2022, and cannot seek re-election to a third consecutive term.

The first Republican candidate to declare was State Treasurer of Arizona Kimberly Yee, who announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for governor on May 17, 2021.[73] However, on January 15, 2022, Yee announced that she would be withdrawing from the race to instead run for reelection.[74] Former Fox 10 television anchor Kari Lake announced on June 1 that she is running for governor.[75] Former 5th district Congressman and 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Salmon announced his bid for governor on June 16.[76] On June 25, Karrin Taylor Robson, member of the Arizona Board of Regents, entered the race[77] and Steve Gaynor, 2018 Republican Secretary of State nominee, also declared his candidacy.[78]

U.S. Representative David Schweikert was considered a possible candidate, however, Schweikert declined to run and endorsed Salmon.[79][80]

Former Nogales mayor Marco A. López Jr. was the first Democrat to announce running for governor.[81] On June 2, Democratic Secretary of State of Arizona Katie Hobbs announced that she will run for governor.[82] On June 29, Arizona State Representative for the 28th district Aaron Lieberman announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination.[83]

Arkansas

Arkansas gubernatorial election

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Nominee Sarah Huckabee Sanders Chris Jones
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Asa Hutchinson
Republican



Main article: 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Asa Hutchinson was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 65.3% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Arkansas Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third term. Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin,[84] former White House Press Secretary and the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced campaigns,[85] although Griffin eventually dropped out of the race and decided to run for Attorney General instead[86] while Rutledge also dropped out and decided to run for Lieutenant Governor instead.[87]

The Democratic nominee is Chris Jones, who defeated four other candidates in the Democratic prrimary.[88]

California

California gubernatorial election

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Candidate Gavin Newsom Brian Dahle
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Governor

Gavin Newsom
Democratic



Main article: 2022 California gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 California lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Gavin Newsom was elected in 2018 with 61.9% of the vote and is running for re-election for a second term. On September 14, 2021, a recall election was held. Newsom defeated the recall, being allowed to complete his full term in office and become eligible to run for re-election.

Newsom and Republican state senator Brian Dahle advanced from the "top two" primary to the general election.[89]

Colorado

Colorado gubernatorial election

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Nominee Jared Polis Heidi Ganahl
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Dianne Primavera Danny Moore

Incumbent Governor

Jared Polis
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Colorado gubernatorial election

Governor Jared Polis was elected in 2018 with 53.4% of the vote and is running for reelection for a second term.

Heidi Ganahl, a member of the Regents of the University of Colorado, is the Republican nominee.[90][91]

Connecticut

Connecticut gubernatorial election

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Nominee Ned Lamont Bob Stefanowski
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Susan Bysiewicz Laura Devlin

Incumbent Governor

Ned Lamont
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Connecticut gubernatorial election

Governor Ned Lamont was elected in 2018 with 49.4% of the vote and is running for reelection for a second term. Republican nominee for governor in 2018, Bob Stefanowski declared his intent to run for governor on January 19, 2022.[92] Lamont and Stefanowski won their respective primaries, setting up a rematch of the 2018 election.[93]

Florida

Main article: 2022 Florida gubernatorial election

Governor Ron DeSantis was elected in 2018 with 49.6% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[94] Andrew Gillum, former mayor of Tallahassee and Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, will not run against DeSantis again.[95][96] Seeking the Democratic nomination are U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, (a former Republican governor of Florida).[97] Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, and Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo, Crist's running mate in the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election.[98]

Georgia

Georgia gubernatorial election

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Nominee Brian Kemp Stacey Abrams
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Brian Kemp
Republican



Main article: 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Georgia lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Brian Kemp was elected in 2018 with 50.2% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[99]

Former U.S. Senator David Perdue announced on December 6, 2021, that he would challenge Kemp in the Republican primary.[100] Perdue's candidacy was later endorsed by former President Donald Trump.[101] Former state representative, and Democrat turned Republican, Vernon Jones announced he would also challenge Kemp in the primary. Former U.S. representative and 2020 Senate candidate Doug Collins had considered challenging Kemp, but on April 26, he announced that he would not do so.[102] Kemp won the primary with 73.7% of the vote on May 24.[103]

On December 1, 2021, Fair Fight Action founder and former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams confirmed that she would run for governor after suffering a narrow defeat in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.[104] She was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[105]

Hawaii

Main article: 2022 Hawaii gubernatorial election

Governor David Ige was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 62.7% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Hawaii Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third consecutive term. Democratic candidates include Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, former First Lady of Hawaii Vicky Cayetano, and U.S. Representative Kai Kahele.

Idaho

Idaho gubernatorial election

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Nominee Brad Little Stephen Heidt
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Brad Little
Republican



Main article: 2022 Idaho gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Idaho lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Brad Little was elected in 2018 with 59.8% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term. Incumbent lieutenant governor Janice McGeachin announced a primary challenge to Little, but Little won the Republican primary.[106] Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy also announced a run for the Republican nomination, but switched to an Independent on February 17, 2022.[107]

The Democratic nominee is Stephen Heidt.[108]

Illinois

Illinois gubernatorial election

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Nominee J.B. Pritzker Darren Bailey
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Juliana Stratton Stephanie Trussell

Incumbent Governor

J.B. Pritzker
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Illinois gubernatorial election

Governor J. B. Pritzker was elected in 2018 with 54.5% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[109]

Republican candidates who announced their candidacy included Richard Irvin, Darren Bailey, Gary Rabine, Paul Schimpf, and Jesse Sullivan. Bailey won the primary on June 28.[110] Erich "Mancow" Muller has stated he intends to run as an Independent.

Iowa

Iowa gubernatorial election

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Nominee Kim Reynolds Deidre DeJear
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Adam Gregg Eric Van Lancker

Incumbent Governor

Kim Reynolds
Republican



Main article: 2022 Iowa gubernatorial election

Governor Kim Reynolds took office on May 24, 2017, upon the resignation of Terry Branstad and was elected to a full term in her own right in 2018 with 50.3% of the vote. She is running for reelection to a second full term.[111]

Democrat Deidre DeJear, who announced her candidacy in August 2021,[112] is the Democratic nominee.[113]

Kansas

Kansas gubernatorial election

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Nominee Laura Kelly Derek Schmidt
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate David Toland Katie Sawyer

Incumbent Governor

Laura Kelly
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Kansas gubernatorial election

Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 with 48% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[114] On the Republican side, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is running against her.[115]

Maine

Maine gubernatorial election

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Nominee Janet Mills Paul LePage
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Governor

Janet Mills
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Maine gubernatorial election

Governor Janet Mills, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 with 50.9% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[116] Former Republican governor Paul LePage has announced that he will run again.[117] Both candidates won their primaries uncontested.[118]

Maryland

Maryland gubernatorial election

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Nominee Dan Cox Wes Moore
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Gordana Schifanelli Aruna Miller

Incumbent Governor

Larry Hogan
Republican



Main article: 2022 Maryland gubernatorial election

Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 55.4% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Maryland Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third consecutive term.

Despite previous speculation, lieutenant governor Boyd Rutherford announced in April 2021 that he would not run for governor in 2022.[119] Seeking the Republican nomination are state delegate Dan Cox,[120] former state delegate and perennial candidate Robin Ficker,[121] Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz,[122] and the Democratic nominee in the 2016 House of Representatives election in Maryland's first district Joe Werner.[123] Cox's candidacy was later endorsed by former President Donald Trump.[124] Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele launched an exploratory committee into running for governor,[125] but decided against running in January 2022.[126]

Seeking the Democratic nomination are former nonprofit executive Jon Baron, Comptroller Peter Franchot, former Attorney General of Maryland Doug Gansler (who also ran in the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial election), perennial candidate Ralph Jaffe, former Obama administration official Ashwani Jain, former United States Secretary of Education John King Jr., author Wes Moore, former Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, and former Bread and Roses Party chair Jerome Segal.[127] Other candidates who entered the race and suspended their campaigns before the primary elections include businessman Mike Rosenbaum,[128] former Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker (who also ran in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election),[129][130] and former Republican Anne Arundel County executive Laura Neuman.[131]

Cox and Moore won their respective primaries on July 19, 2022.[132]

Massachusetts

Main article: 2022 Massachusetts gubernatorial election

Governor Charlie Baker was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 66.6% of the vote. Because Massachusetts does not have gubernatorial term limits in its Constitution, he was eligible to run for re-election for a third term. However, in December 2021, Baker announced he would not be running for re-election.[133][134]

Geoff Diehl, a former state representative and Chris Doughty are running for the Republican nomination. Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey and state senator Sonia Chang-Díaz are running for the Democratic nomination.

Michigan

Michigan gubernatorial election

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Nominee Gretchen Whitmer Tudor Dixon
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Garlin Gilchrist TBD

Incumbent Governor

Gretchen Whitmer
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Michigan gubernatorial election

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer was elected in 2018 with 53.3% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.

Republican candidates include Tudor Dixon, conservative commentator who declared on May 20,[135] and businessman Kevin Rinke who declared on November 22.[136] Former Detroit police chief James E. Craig was previously a candidate, but was disqualified due to submitting fraudulent signatures.[137]

Minnesota

Minnesota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Tim Walz Scott Jensen
Party Democratic (DFL) Republican
Running mate Peggy Flanagan Matt Birk

Incumbent Governor

Tim Walz
Democratic (DFL)



Main article: 2022 Minnesota gubernatorial election

Governor Tim Walz was elected in 2018 with 53.8% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[138] Physician and former state senator Scott Jensen won the Republican convention and will challenge Walz in November.[139]

Nebraska

Nebraska gubernatorial election

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Nominee Jim Pillen Carol Blood
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Joseph Kelly Al Davis

Incumbent Governor

Pete Ricketts
Republican



Main article: 2022 Nebraska gubernatorial election

Governor Pete Ricketts was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 59% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Nebraska Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third consecutive term.

In the Republican primary, a variety of candidates sought to succeed Ricketts, including state senator Brett Lindstrom,[140] UNL Board of Regents member Jim Pillen,[141] business executive Charles Herbster,[142] and former Douglas County GOP chair Theresa Thibodeau.[143] Although Herbster received the endorsement of former President Trump,[144] he came in second to Pillen, who won the Republican nomination with a little over a third of the vote.[145] Pillen's running mate is Joseph P. Kelly, a former U.S. Attorney.[146]

State senator Carol Blood is running as the Democratic nominee.[147] Her running mate is former state senator Al Davis.[148] Also running is the Libertarian nominee Scott Zimmerman, a businessman and comedian.[149]

Nevada

Nevada gubernatorial election

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Nominee Steve Sisolak Joe Lombardo
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Governor

Steve Sisolak
Democratic



See also: 2022 Nevada gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 with 49.4% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[150] Former Senator Dean Heller ran for the Republican Nomination[151] as did North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee,[152] and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.[153] Lombardo won the Republican primary and will face Sisolak in November.[154]

New Hampshire

Main article: 2022 New Hampshire gubernatorial election

Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, was re-elected in 2020 with 65.1% of the vote and is running for reelection to a fourth term.[155]

New Mexico

New Mexico gubernatorial election

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Nominee Michelle Lujan Grisham Mark Ronchetti
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Howie Morales Ant Thornton

Incumbent Governor

Michelle Lujan Grisham
Democratic



Main article: 2022 New Mexico gubernatorial election

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected in 2018 with 57.2% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[156] The Republican nominee is former meteorologist Mark Ronchetti.[157]

New York

New York gubernatorial election

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Nominee Kathy Hochul Lee Zeldin
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Antonio Delgado Alison Esposito

Incumbent Governor

Kathy Hochul
Democratic



Main article: 2022 New York gubernatorial election

Governor Andrew Cuomo was re-elected to a third term in 2018 with 59.6% of the vote. Because New York does not have gubernatorial term limits in its Constitution, he was eligible to run for re-election for a fourth term. On May 28, 2019, Cuomo announced that he would run for re-election for a fourth term in 2022.[158][159]

Cuomo was expected to face a primary challenge for the Democratic nomination as a result of allegations of sexual harassment involving Cuomo and a simultaneous investigation into his administration's cover-up of nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.[160] Cuomo resigned as governor at the end of August 23, 2021, upon which Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul became governor.[161] Hochul has said she is running for a full gubernatorial term.[162] Current New York Attorney General Letitia James was previously running against Hochul in the primary, but later changed her mind to run for re-election.[163][164] Current New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams announced he would run against Hochul in the primary, as did current U.S representative Thomas Suozzi.[165][166] Hochul won the primary on June 28.[167]

Republicans running for the gubernatorial nomination include former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, Andrew Giuliani (the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani), businessman and former Obama administration official Harry Wilson, and congressman and former state senator Lee Zeldin. Zeldin is the official designee of both the New York Republican Party and the New York Conservative Party.[168] Zeldin won the primary on June 28.[167]

Larry Shape is the Libertarian nominee for governor. He was also the Libertarian nominee in the 2018 election.[169]

Ohio

Ohio gubernatorial election

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Nominee Mike DeWine Nan Whaley
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Jon Husted Cheryl Stephens

Incumbent Governor

Mike DeWine
Republican



Main article: 2022 Ohio gubernatorial election

Governor Mike DeWine was elected in 2018 with 50.4% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.

DeWine faced a primary challenge from former US Representative and 2018 Ohio Republican Senate Nominee Jim Renacci and farmer Joe Blystone.

Former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley[170][171][172] and former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley[173] ran for the Democratic nomination.

DeWine and Whaley won their respective primaries on May 3.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma gubernatorial election

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Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Kevin Stitt
Republican



Main article: 2022 Oklahoma gubernatorial election

Governor Kevin Stitt was elected in 2018 with 54.3% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[174] Former state senator and physician Ervin Yen filed paperwork to challenge Stitt in the Republican Primary.[175] Stitt won the primary on June 28.[176]

On October 7, 2021, Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced she would be switching to the Democratic Party and subsequently announced her campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor.[177][178] Hofmeister won the nomination on June 28, defeating former state senator Connie Johnson in the primary.[176]

Natalie Bruno has filed to run for the Libertarian Party's nomination.[179] Paul Tay has filed with the state ethics commission to run as an independent.[180]

Oregon

Oregon gubernatorial election

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Nominee Tina Kotek Christine Drazan
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Governor

Kate Brown
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Oregon gubernatorial election

Governor Kate Brown took office on February 18, 2015, upon the resignation of John Kitzhaber. She was subsequently elected in the gubernatorial special election in 2016 and was re-elected to a full term in 2018 with 50.1% of the vote. She will be term-limited by the Oregon Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a second consecutive full term.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania gubernatorial election

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Nominee Josh Shapiro Doug Mastriano
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Austin Davis Carrie DelRosso

Incumbent Governor

Tom Wolf
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election

Governor Tom Wolf was re-elected in 2018 with 57.8% of the vote. He is term-limited in 2022 by the Pennsylvania Constitution and was therefore ineligible to seek election to a third consecutive term. Primary elections were held on May 17. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro won the Democratic nomination unopposed.[181] State Senator Doug Mastriano won the crowded Republican primary in a landslide, with the support of former president Donald Trump.[182] State representatives Austin Davis and Carrie DelRosso won competitive lieutenant gubernatorial primaries of the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively, and will appear on tickets with their parties' gubernatorial nominees in the general election. Shapiro had endorsed Davis in the primary and Mastriano had endorsed Teddy Daniels.[183][184]

The Libertarian Party nominated Matt Hackenburg and Tim McMaster, the Green Party nominated Christina DiGiulio and Michael Bagdes-Canning, and the newly formed Keystone Party nominated Joe Soloski and Nicole Shultz for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively.[185][186][187]

Rhode Island

Main article: 2022 Rhode Island gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Daniel McKee took office on March 2, 2021, after the resignation of two-term Democratic governor Gina Raimondo. Raimondo, who was term-limited by the Rhode Island Constitution from running for a third consecutive term, took President Joe Biden's offer to become his secretary of commerce, and resigned the day of her confirmation by the Senate. McKee has stated that he intends on running for a full term. Also running for the Democratic nomination are Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and perennial candidate Luis Daniel Muñoz.

South Carolina

South Carolina gubernatorial election

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Nominee Henry McMaster Joe Cunningham
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Pamela Evette Tally Casey

Incumbent Governor

Henry McMaster
Republican



Main article: 2022 South Carolina gubernatorial election

Governor Henry McMaster took office on January 24, 2017, upon the resignation of Nikki Haley, and was elected to a full term in his own right in 2018, with 54% of the vote. He is running for re-election for a second full term.[188]

Democratic challengers who announced their campaigns included Former U.S. Representative Joe Cunningham;[189] South Carolina State Senator Mia McLeod;[190] and health care and social justice advocate Gary Votour.[191] Votour switched to the Labor Party in February.[192] Joe Cunningham won the Democratic nomination.

South Dakota

South Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Kristi Noem Jamie Smith
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Larry Rhoden Jennifer Healy Keintz

Incumbent Governor

Kristi Noem
Republican



Main article: 2022 South Dakota gubernatorial election

Governor Kristi Noem was elected in 2018 with 51% of the vote, and is running for re-election to a second term.[193] The Democratic nominee is state representative Jamie Smith.[194]

Tennessee

Tennessee gubernatorial election

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Nominee Bill Lee Jason Martin
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Bill Lee
Republican



Main article: 2022 Tennessee gubernatorial election

Governor Bill Lee was elected in 2018 with 59.6% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[195] Currently he has one challenger in the primary, Nashville business owner, Curtis Carney.[196] Lee has two challengers on the Democratic side, Dr. Carnita Atwater and Dr. Jason Martin.

Texas

Texas gubernatorial election

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Nominee Greg Abbott Beto O'Rourke
Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent Governor

Greg Abbott
Republican



Main article: 2022 Texas gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Greg Abbott was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 55.8% of the vote. Because Texas does not have gubernatorial term limits in its Constitution, he is eligible to run for re-election for a third term and has announced he will do so.[197] On 2 July 2020, comedian and talk show host Chad Prather confirmed his gubernatorial challenge to incumbent Greg Abbott, claiming his mandates and actions during the COVID-19 pandemic had been unconstitutional.[198] Former 2020 presidential, former U.S. representative, and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018 Beto O'Rourke declared his candidacy.[199][200] Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey was subject to some speculation on running for governor, but officially stated on his Instagram account he would not do so.[201]

Abbott and O'Rourke won their respective primaries on March 1.[202]

Vermont

Main article: 2022 Vermont gubernatorial election

See also: 2022 Vermont lieutenant gubernatorial election

Governor Phil Scott was re-elected in 2020 with 68.5% of the vote and is running for reelection to a fourth term. Activist Brenda Siegel is challenging Scott as a Democrat.[56]

Wisconsin

Main article: 2022 Wisconsin gubernatorial election

Incumbent Democrat Governor Tony Evers was elected in 2018 with 49.5% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[203] Former Republican Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is running.[204]

Wyoming

Main article: 2022 Wyoming gubernatorial election

Governor Mark Gordon was elected in 2018 with 67.1% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[205] Perennial candidate Rex Rammell[206] and truck driver Aaron Nab[207] are primary challenging Gordon.

Territories and federal district

District of Columbia

District of Columbia mayoral election

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Nominee Muriel Bowser Stacia Hall
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Mayor

Muriel Bowser
Democratic



Main article: 2022 Washington, D.C., mayoral election

Mayor Muriel Bowser was re-elected in 2018 with 76.4% of the vote and is running for re-election for a third term.[208] She was renominated, defeating city councilors Robert White and Trayon White in the primary.[209] She will face Republican nominee Stacia Hall and D.C. Statehood Green nominee Corren Brown in the general election.[210]

Guam

Main article: 2022 Guamanian gubernatorial election

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero was elected in 2018 with 50.8% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[211] She is being challenged in the Democratic primary by U.S. House delegate Michael San Nicolas.[212]

Northern Mariana Islands

Main article: 2022 Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election

Governor Ralph Torres became governor on December 29, 2015, upon the death of incumbent governor Eloy Inos.[213][214] He was elected to his first full term in 2018 with 62.2% of the vote. He is eligible to run for a second full term.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Main article: 2022 United States Virgin Islands gubernatorial election

Governor Albert Bryan was elected in 2018 with 54.5% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[215] St. Croix Democratic Senator Kurt Vialet is running as an independent.[216]

Notes

  1. ^ FiveThirtyEight has three separate models for their House and Senate ratings: Lite (polling data only), Classic (polls, fundraising, and past voting patterns), and Deluxe (Classic alongside experts' ratings). This table uses the Deluxe model.
  2. ^ Category ranges:
    • Tossup: <60% both candidates
    • Lean: ≥60%
    • Likely: ≥75%
    • Solid: ≥95%
  3. ^ Kay Ivey took office in 2017 after her predecessor (Robert J. Bentley) resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2018 Alabama gubernatorial election.
  4. ^ Kim Reynolds took office in 2017 after her predecessor (Terry Branstad) resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2018 Iowa gubernatorial election.
  5. ^ Kathy Hochul took office in 2021 after her predecessor (Andrew Cuomo) resigned.
  6. ^ Kate Brown took office in 2015 after her predecessor (John Kitzhaber) resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2016 Oregon gubernatorial special election.
  7. ^ Daniel McKee took office in 2021 after his predecessor (Gina Raimondo) resigned to become the next United States Secretary of Commerce.
  8. ^ Henry McMaster took office in 2017 after his predecessor (Nikki Haley) resigned. He was subsequently elected in the 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial election.
  9. ^ Ralph Torres took office in 2015 after his predecessor (Eloy Inos) died. He was subsequently elected in the 2018 Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election.

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