United States gubernatorial elections, 2003

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United States gubernatorial elections, 2003

← 2002 October 7, 2003 (CA), November 6, 2003 (KY and MS), October 4, 2003 and November 15, 2003 (LA) 2004 →

4 governorships
(including a recall election for California)
  Majority party Minority party
  Bill Owens 2002 (cropped).jpg Gary Locke.jpg
Leader Bill Owens Gary Locke
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Colorado Washington
Last election 29 governorships (26 states) 27 governorships (24 states)
Seats before 29 (26 states) 27 (24 states)
Seats after 31 (28 states) 25 (22 states)
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2
Popular vote 1,743,172 (not including California) 1,628,304
Percentage 51.70% 48.30% (not including California)

2003 Gubernatorial election map.svg
  Republican gain
  Democratic gain

United States gubernatorial elections were held in four states and one territory. Kentucky and Mississippi held their general elections on November 4. Louisiana held the first round of its jungle primary on October 4 and the runoff on November 15. In addition, California held a recall election on October 7.

The Republican Party had a net gain of two seats in 2003, picking up an open seat in Kentucky, removing a Democratic governor in California, and defeating a Democratic governor in Mississippi, while losing an open seat to the Democrats in Louisiana. The election was unusual because every seat up for election changed hands.

Election results

A bolded state name indicates an article specific to that state's election.

State Incumbent Party Status Opposing candidates
California Gray Davis Democratic Recalled, 55.4%-44.6% Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) 48.58%
Cruz Bustamante (D) 31.47%
Tom McClintock (R) 13.41%
Peter Camejo (G) 2.8%
Full List
Kentucky Paul Patton Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Ernie Fletcher (R) 55%
Ben Chandler (D) 45%
Louisiana Mike Foster Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Bobby Jindal (R) 33% (48% in runoff)
Kathleen Blanco (D) 18% (52% in runoff)
Richard Ieyoub (D) 16%
Buddy Leach (D) 14%
Randy Ewing (D) 9%
Hunt Downer (R) 6%
Mississippi Ronnie Musgrove Democratic Defeated, 45.81% Haley Barbour (R) 52.59%
John Cripps (Const.) 0.71%
Shawn O'Hara (Ref.) 0.46%
Sherman Dillon (G) 0.44%

External links

  • Mississippi Certified Election Results
  • California Election Results CA Secretary of State Site
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