United States gubernatorial elections, 2018

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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 the unexpired term of John Kitzhaber following his resignation in February 2015; that election was won by the Democratic incumbent Kate Brown, who will serve the final two years of the 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, Bill Walker of Alaska, is eligible for re-election.

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 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.

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

Race summary


State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Alabama Kay Ivey Republican 2017[a] Running Tommy Battle (R)[5]
Sue Bell Cobb (D)
Jason Childs (D)[6]
Christopher Countryman (D)
Scott Dawson (R)
James C. Fields (D)
Tony Hewitt Jr (I)
Bill Hightower (R)
Kay Ivey (R)
Eric Lathan (I)
Walt Maddox (D)
Michael McAllister (R)
Doug Smith (D)
Anthony White (D)[7]
Alaska Bill Walker Independent 2014 Running Mike Chenault (R)[8]
Mike J. Dunleavy (R)[9]
Scott Hawkins (R)[10]
Bill Walker (I)
Arizona Doug Ducey Republican 2014 Running Doug Ducey (R)
Noah Dyer (I)
Steve Farley (D)
Kelly Fryer (D)
David Garcia (D)
Merissa Hamilton (L)
Christian R. Komor (I)
Kevin McCormick (L)
Angel Torres (G)
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson Republican 2014 Running Asa Hutchinson (R)
Jared Henderson (D)[11]
Jan Morgan (R)
Mark West (L)
California Jerry Brown Democratic 2010[b] Term-limited Akinyemi Agbede (D)[12]
Travis Allen (R)[12]
Stasyi Barth (R)[12]
Michael Bilger (I)
Andy Blanch (I)
Michael Bracamontes (D)[12]
Juan Bribiesca (D)[12]
Christopher Carlson (G)[12]
John Chiang (D)[12][13]
John H. Cox (R)[14]Ted Crisell (D)
Delaine Eastin (D)[15]
Veronika Fimbres (G)[12]
Yvonne Girard (R)[12]
Zoltan Istvan (L)[16]
Robert Jacques (I)[12]
Josh Jones (G)
Robert Patton Kleinberger (I)[17][12]
Harmesh Kumar (D)
Gloria La Riva (Peace and Freedom)[12]
Peter Y. Liu (R)
Albert Mezzetti (D)[18]
Robert C. Newman, II (R)[12]
Gavin Newsom (D)[19]
Amanda Renteria (D)[20]
Boris Romanowsky (I)
Michael Shellenberger (D)[12]
Desmond Silveira (American Solidarity)[12]
Laura Smith (R)
Klement Tinaj (D)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D)[21]
Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (I)
Johnny Wattenburg (I)[12]
Patrick Wheat (L)
Nickolas Wildstar (L)
John Zuber (R)
Colorado John Hickenlooper Democratic 2010 Term-limited Steve Barlock (R)
Cynthia Coffman (R)
Lew Gaiter (R)[22]
Marcus Giavanni (I)
Noel Ginsburg (D)[23]
Bill Hammons (U)
Mike Johnston (D)[24]
Cary Kennedy (D)
Greg Lopez (R)
Donna Lynne (D)
Victor Mitchell (R)[25]
Jared Polis (D)[26]
Doug Robinson (R)
Jim Rundberg (R)
Walker Stapleton (R)
Erik Underwood (D)
Connecticut Dan Malloy Democratic 2010 Retiring Susan Bysiewicz (D)[27]
Joe Ganim (D)
Mark Stewart Greenstein (D)
Mike Handler (R)
Tim Herbst (R)
Mark Lauretti (R)[28]
Stephen A. Obsitnik (R)
Prasad Srinivasan (R)[29]
Bob Stefanowski (R)
Erin Stewart (R)
Joe Visconti (R)
David M. Walker (R)
Micah Welintukonis (R)[30]
Florida Rick Scott Republican 2010 Term-limited Ron DeSantis (R)[31]
Andrew Gillum (D)[32]
Gwen Graham (D)[33]
Usha Jain (R)
Chris King (D)
Jack Latvala (R)
Philip Levine (D)
Bruce Nathan (R)
Adam Putnam (R)
Angel Luis Rivera (R)
Bob White (R)
Randy Wiseman (L)
Daniel Zutler (R)
Georgia Nathan Deal Republican 2010 Term-limited Stacey Abrams (D)
Casey Cagle (R)[34]
Stacey Evans (D)
Hunter Hill (R)
Brian Kemp (R)[35]
Clay Tippins (R)
Marc Alan Urbach (R)
Michael Williams (R)
Hawaii David Ige Democratic 2014 Running John Carroll (R)
Colleen Hanabusa (D)
David Ige (D)
Andria Tupola (R)
Idaho Butch Otter Republican 2006 Retiring Tommy Ahlquist (R)
A. J. Balukoff (D)
Paulette Jordan (D)
Raul Labrador (R)[36]
HyDee Liebelt (R)
Brad Little (R)[37]
Lisa Marie (R)
Troy Minton (D)
Steve Pankey (R)
Adam Philips (I)
Michael Richardson (I)
Sidney Taylor (R)
Steven Tingley (R)
John Thomas Wiechec (I)
Illinois Bruce Rauner Republican 2014 Running Daniel Biss (D)
Robert Daiber (D)[38]
Tio Hardiman (D)
Jeanne Ives (R)
Kash Jackson (L)
Chris Kennedy (D)[39]
Robert Marshall (D)
J. B. Pritzker (D)
Bruce Rauner (R)[40]
Matt Scaro (L)
Jonnie Stewart (L)
Randy Stufflebeam (C)[41]
Iowa Kim Reynolds Republican 2017[c] Running Marco Battaglia (L)
Nate Boulton (D)
Ron Corbett (R)
Cathy Glasson (D)
Fred Hubbell (D)
Andy McGuire (D)[42]
Jon Neiderbach (D)[43]
John Norris (D)
Jake Porter (L)
Steven Ray (R)
Kim Reynolds (R)
Brent Roske (I)
Ross Wilburn (D)
Kansas Jeff Colyer Republican 2018[d] Running Arden Andersen (D)
Jim Barnett (R)
Jack Bergeson (D)
Carl Brewer (D)
Jeff Colyer (R)
Wink Hartman (R)
Mark Hutton (R)
Robert Klingenberg (D)
Laura Kelly (D)
Kris Kobach (R)
Ed O'Malley (R)
Ethan Randleas (R)
Tyler Ruzich (R)
Dominic Scavuzzo (R)
Ken Selzer (R)
Josh Svaty (D)
Joseph Tutera Jr. (R)
Jim Ward (D)
Maine Paul LePage Republican 2010 Term-limited Ethan Alcorn (I)
Kenneth Capron (I)
Alan Caron (I)
Adam Cote (D)
Dominic A. Crocitto
Steven DeAngelis (D)
Donna Dion (D)
Mark Dion (D)
Patrick Eisenhart (D)
Mark Eves (D)
Ken Fredette (R)
Terry Hayes (I)
John Jenkins (I)
[44]Garrett Mason (R)
Mary Mayhew (R)
Janet Mills (D)
Shawn Moody (R)
Diane Russell (D)[45]
Betsy Sweet (D)
Mike Thibodeau (R)
J. Martin Vachon (D)
Maryland Larry Hogan Republican 2014 Running Rushern Baker (D)
Larry Hogan (R)
Ralph Jaffe (D)
Ben Jealous (D)
Kevin Kamenetz (D)
Richard Madaleno (D)
Shawn Quinn (L)
Alec Ross (D)[46]
Jim Shea (D)
Ian Schlakman (G)
Krishanti Vignarajah (D)
Massachusetts Charlie Baker Republican 2014 Running Charlie Baker (R)
Jay Gonzalez (D)[47]
Scott Lively (R)
Bob Massie (D)[48]
Setti Warren (D)
Michigan Rick Snyder Republican 2010 Term-limited Brian Calley (R)
Bill Cobbs (D)
Patrick Colbeck (R)
Joseph Derose (R)
Abdul El-Sayed (D)[49]
Bill Gelineau (L)
Jim Hines (R)[50]
Jennifer Kurland (G)
Mark McFarlin (R)
Dwain Reynolds (G)
Bill Schuette (R)
Evan Space (R)
John Tatar (L)
Shri Thanedar (D)
Gretchen Whitmer (D)[51]
Minnesota Mark Dayton DFL 2010 Retiring Keith Downey (R)
Jeff Johnson (R)
Erin Murphy (DFL)[52]
David Osmek (R)
Rebecca Otto (DFL)[53]
Phillip Parrish (R)
Tim Walz (DFL)[54]
Chris Wright (LMNP)
Nebraska Pete Ricketts Republican 2014 Running Tyler Davis (D)
Krystal Gabel (R)
Bob Krist (I)
Pete Ricketts (R)[55]
Nevada Brian Sandoval Republican 2010 Term-limited Kyle Chamberlain (D)
Jared Fisher (R)
Chris Giunchigliani (D)
Adam Laxalt (R)
Dan Schwartz (R)
Steve Sisolak (D)
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 Running Jilletta Jarvis (L)
Steve Marchand (D)[56]
Chris Sununu (R)[57]
New Mexico Susana Martinez Republican 2010 Term-limited Jeff Apodaca (D)
Joe Cervantes (D)
Peter DeBenedittis (D)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)[58]
Steve Pearce (R)[59]
New York Andrew Cuomo Democratic 2010 Running Andrew Cuomo (D)
John DeFrancisco (R)[60]
Joel Giambra (R)
Terry Gipson (D)[61]
Joe Holland (R)
Larry Sharpe (L)
Ohio John Kasich Republican 2010 Term-limited Richard Cordray (D)[62]
Mike DeWine (R)[63]
Constance Gadell-Newton (G)
Colin Hill (I)[64]
Dennis Kucinich (D)
Bill O'Neill (D)[65]
Joe Schiavoni (D)[66]
Mary Taylor (R)[67]
Oklahoma Mary Fallin Republican 2010 Term-limited Mick Cornett (R)
Dan Fisher (R)
Drew Edmondson (D)
Connie Johnson (D)
Gary Jones (R)
Todd Lamb (R)
Rex Lawhorn (L)
Joe "Exotic" Maldonado (L)
Chris Powell(L)
Gary Richardson (R)
Kevin Stitt (R)
Oregon Kate Brown Democratic 2015[e] Running Kate Brown (D)[68]
Knute Buehler (R)[69]
Sam Carpenter (R)
Jeff Smith (R)
Greg Wooldridge (R)[70]
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf Democratic 2014 Running Ken Krawchuk (L)
Paul Mango (R)
Mike Turzai (R)[71]
Scott Wagner (R)[72]
Tom Wolf (D)
Rhode Island Gina Raimondo Democratic 2014 Eligible Spencer Dickinson (D)
Giovanni Feroce (R)
Allan Fung (R)
Patricia Morgan (R)
Paul Roselli (D)[73]
Joe Trillo (I)[74]
South Carolina Henry McMaster Republican 2017[f] Running Kevin L. Bryant (R)
Phil Cheney (D)
Yancey McGill (R)[75]
Henry McMaster (R)[76]
Phil Noble (D)
James E. Smith Jr. (D)
Catherine Templeton (R)
South Dakota Dennis Daugaard Republican 2010 Term-limited Lora Hubbel (R)
Marty Jackley (R)[77]
Terry LaFleur (R)
Kristi Noem (R)[78]
Billie Sutton (D)
Tennessee Bill Haslam Republican 2010 Term-limited Diane Black (R)
Randy Boyd (R)
Karl Dean (D)[79]
Craig Fitzhugh (D)
Beth Harwell (R)
Bill Lee (R)
Texas Greg Abbott Republican 2014 Running Greg Abbott (R)
Kathie Glass (L)
Lupe Valdez (D)[80]
Kory Watkins (L)
Andrew White (D)[81]
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 Eligible James Ehlers (D)[82]
Keith Stern (D)
Ethan Sonneborn (D)
Wisconsin Scott Walker Republican 2010 Running Phil Anderson (L)
Ryan Cason (R)
Nick De Leon (D)
Michele Doolan (D)
Tony Evers (D) [83]
Matt Flynn (D)
Andy Gronik (D) [84]
Bob Harlow (D)
Dave Heaster (D)
Mike McCabe (D)
Robert Meyer (R)
Mahlon Mitchell (D)[85]
Kelda Roys (D) [86]
Jeff Rumbaugh (D)
Paul Soglin (D)
Kathleen Vinehout (D) [87]
Dana Wachs (D) [88]
Scott Walker (R)
Wyoming Matt Mead Republican 2010 Term-limited Bill Dahlin (R)
Harriett Hageman (R)
Rex Rammell (R)
Mary Throne (D)[89]


Territory Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Guam Eddie Calvo Republican 2010 Term-limited[90] Frank Aguon (D)
Lou Leon Guerrero (D)
Carl Gutierrez (D)
Dennis Rodriguez Jr. (D)
Ray Tenorio (R)
U.S. Virgin Islands Kenneth Mapp Independent 2014 Running[91] Kenneth Mapp (I)[92]
Soraya Diase Coffelt (I)[93]
Warren Mosler (I)[94][95]
Albert Bryan (D)[92]
Randolph Bennett (D)[92]
Adlah Donastorg Jr. (D)[92]
Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Torres Republican 2015[g] Running[96] Joseph Inos (D)[97]

Federal district

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 Running[98]

Retiring and term-limited Democratic incumbents


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 and the law only affects terms served after 1990.[99]

Democratic candidates running include Michael Bracamontes, California State Treasurer John Chiang,[13] former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin,[15] Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom,[19][100] and former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa.[21]

Businessman John H. Cox[14] and State Assemblyman Travis Allen,[101] are running for governor as Republicans.

Libertarian candidates include transhumanist activist Zoltan Istvan.[16]


Two-term Governor John Hickenlooper is term-limited, as Colorado does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.[102]

Democratic candidates include U.S. Representative Jared Polis,[26] Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, former state senator Mike Johnston,[24], Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, and businessman Noel Ginsburg.[23] Other potential Democratic candidates include former Lieutenant Governor Joseph García, and former State House Speaker Mark Ferrandino.[103][104]

Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter has announced he will run for the Republican nomination. [105] Potential Republican candidates include Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler and State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.[106][107]


Two-term Governor Dan Malloy is eligible to seek re-election, but has stated that he will not do so.[108][109][110]

Declared Democratic candidates are Middletown Mayor Dan Drew,[111] Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim,[112][113] former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei,[114] former West Hartford Mayor Jonathan Harris,[115] former Wall Street finance executive Dita Bhargava,[116][117] businesswoman and perennial candidate Jacey Wyatt,[118][119] former Commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs Sean Connolly, and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.[120]

Declared Republican candidates are Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti,[121] Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst,[122] Danbury Mayor and 2014 candidate Mark Boughton,[123] former Secretary of State candidate Peter Lumaj,[124] state representative Prasad Srinivasan,[125] former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker[126][127] and State Senator Toni Boucher.[128]

Micah Welintukonis, Former Vice Chair of the Coventry Town Council has announced as an independent.[129]


Two-term Governor Mark Dayton is eligible to seek re-election, but has stated that he would not do so.[130]

Declared Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates include St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman,[131] State Representative Erin Murphy,[132] State Auditor Rebecca Otto,[133] former State House Speaker Paul Thissen,[134] and U.S. Representative Tim Walz.[135] Potential Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates include Attorney General Lori Swanson, State Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, and former Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak.

Potential Republican candidates include U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen, businessman and 2014 U.S. Senate nominee Mike McFadden, State House Speaker Kurt Daudt, State Senator Julie Rosen, State Senator Michelle Benson, State Senator Karin Housley, and Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota Keith Downey.[136]

Former Independence Party Governor Jesse Ventura has expressed interest in running again.[137]

Democratic incumbents eligible for re-election


One-term Governor David Ige is eligible for re-election. Ige took office after defeating previous Governor Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary and then winning the general election. U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy.

New York

Two-term Governor Andrew Cuomo is running for re-election, as New York does not have gubernatorial term limits.[138]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a potential Democratic candidate, despite Cuomo announcing his re-election bid.[139] Other potential Democratic candidates include Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, and U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries.[140]

Potential Republican candidates include former Westchester County Executive and 2014 nominee Rob Astorino, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, State Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, U.S. Representative Peter T. King, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, 2010 nominee for Comptroller Harry Wilson, and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci.[140]

Libertarian Larry Sharpe is the first opponent to declare his candidacy in the race.[141]


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.[142] She is running for a full term.[68]

State Representative Knute Buehler is running for the Republican nomination.[69]


One-term Governor Tom Wolf is eligible for re-election.

State Senator Scott Wagner is the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.[143] Potential Republican candidates include House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.[143]

Libertarian Ken Krawchuk has announced his candidacy.[144]

Rhode Island

One-term Governor Gina Raimondo is eligible for re-election.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, who will be term-limited in 2018, has not ruled out a potential primary challenge.[145]

Retiring and term-limited Republican incumbents


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

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Congressman Ron DeSantis, and state Senator Jack Latvala are seeking the Republican nomination, while Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran is a potential Republican candidate.[146]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, businessman Chris King, and Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine are running for the Democratic nomination.[147]

Randy Wiseman is seeking the Libertarian nomination.[148] Attorney John Morgan may run as an Independent candidate.[149]


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 is currently running unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Four Democratic politicians have thrown in their names into contention and will compete for their party's nomination in August 2018. The Democratic candidates are Senator Frank Aguon Jr., Former Senator Lou Leon Guerrero, Former Governor Carl Gutierrez, and Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez Jr.


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

Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, former state Senator Hunter Hill, businessman Clay Tippins, and state Senator Michael Williams.[150]

State Representative Stacey Abrams and State Representative Stacey Evans are seeking the Democratic nomination.[151]

Doug Craig, former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, is running for the Libertarian nomination.[152]


Three-term Governor Butch Otter is eligible to seek re-election, but has stated that he will not do so.[153]

Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador, and businessman Tommy Ahlquist are seeking the Republican nomination.[154]

2014 Democratic nominee A. J. Balukoff, a businessman and member of the Boise School District Board of Trustees, is a potential candidate.[155]


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.

Announced Republican candidates include State House Minority Leader Ken Fredette,[156] State Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason,[157] former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew,[158] businessman and 2010 independent candidate for Governor Shawn Moody,[159] and Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau.[160] Other potential Republican candidates include State Senator Roger Katz,[161] former Maine Secretary of State and 2012 United States Senate nominee Charlie Summers,[162] and former Maine House Minority Leader Josh Tardy.[161]

Announced Democratic candidates include attorney and 2008 ME-01 candidate Adam Cote,[163] former Biddeford mayor Donna Dion,[164] State Senator and former Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion,[165] former Maine House Speaker Mark Eves,[166] former Bangor mayor Sean Faircloth,[167] Maine Attorney General Janet Mills,[168] former State representative Diane Russell,[45][169] and former Maine Women's Lobby director Betsy Sweet.[170][171] Other potential Democratic candidates include former Governor John Baldacci,[172] Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap,[173] businessman Adam Lee,[174] and former U.S. Representative and 2014 nominee Mike Michaud.[175] There are at least two efforts to encourage author Stephen King to run,[176] though he has said he will not run or serve.[177]

Independents who have announced candidacies include State Treasurer Terry Hayes,[178] former Democratic State Senator, former Lewiston mayor and former Auburn mayor John Jenkins, [179] and businessman and newspaper columnist Alan Caron.[180]


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 are seeking the Republican nomination.[181]

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 are seeking the Democratic nomination.[181]

Bill Gelineau[182] and John Tatar[182] are seeking the Libertarian nomination.


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

Republican candidates include Attorney General Adam Laxalt and State Treasurer Dan Schwartz.[183]

Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani are seeking the Democratic nomination.[184]

New Mexico

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

U.S. Representative Steve Pearce is seeking the Republican nomination.[59]

Democratic candidates include U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham[185] and state Senator Joe Cervantes.[186]


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

Attorney General Mike DeWine,[63] Gomez, Henry J. (March 20, 2017). "Jim Renacci joins race for Ohio governor". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 14, 2017. </ref> and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor[67] are running for the Republican nomination.

Former Ohio Attorney General and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray,[187] former Wayne County Commissioner Dave Kiefer,[64] former State Representative Connie Pillich,[65] State Senator Joe Schiavoni,[66] former U.S. Representative Betty Sutton,[188] and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley[189] are running for the Democratic nomination.

Green Party nominee for State House in 2016 Constance Gadell Newton has declared his candidacy.[190]


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

Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, former United States Attorney Gary Richardson, and Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones.[191]

Democratic candidates include former Attorney General Drew Edmondson and former state senator Connie Johnson.[192]

Libertarian candidates include Rex Lawhorn, Chris Powell, and Joe "Exotic" Maldonado.[193]

South Dakota

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 Attorney General Marty Jackley are seeking the Republican nomination.[194]

Billie Sutton, the Minority Leader of the South Dakota Senate, is seeking the Democratic nomination.[195]


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,[196] Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell,[197] state Senator Mae Beavers,[198] former Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd,[199] businessman Bill Lee,[200] and realtor, tea party activist, and Democratic nominee for TN-01 in 1996 and 1998 Kay White.[201]

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh are seeking the Democratic nomination.[202]


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

Potential Republican candidates include State Treasurer Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Ed Murray, 2014 candidate Taylor Haynes, Former State Auditor and 2010 candidate Rita Meyer, and former U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis.

Former state House Minority leader Mary Throne is seeking the Democratic nomination.[203]

Republican incumbents eligible for re-election


Incumbent Governor Kay Ivey, who became governor upon Robert Bentley's resignation from the office in April 2017, is seeking election to a full term. Other Republican candidates include Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, state Senator Bill Hightower, evangelist Scott Dawson, and businessman Joshua Jones.[204]

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb are seeking the Democratic nomination.[205]


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

State Senator Steve Farley and professor David Garcia are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.[206]

Libertarian candidate for President in 2016 Kevin McCormick has declared his candidacy.[207]


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

Jared Henderson, a former state executive director for Teach For America, is seeking the Democratic nomination.[11]

Libertarian Mark West is seeking his party's nomination.[208][209]


One-term incumbent Bruce Rauner is running for re-election.[210] State Representative Jeanne Ives is also seeking the Republican nomination.[211]

On the Democratic side, Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber,[212] former Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and member of the Kennedy family Chris Kennedy,[213][214] State Representative Scott Drury,[215] State Senator Daniel Biss,[216] and venture capitalist J. B. Pritzker[217] are all running.

Libertarian candidates include Kash Jackson, Matt Scaro, and Jon Stewart.[218]


Governor Terry Branstad resigned from office in 2017 to serve as the ambassador to China.[219] Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds became governor upon Branstad's resignation, and she is seeking election to a full term in 2018. Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett is also running for the Republican nomination.[220]

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 are seeking the Democratic nomination.[221]

Jake Porter, who was the Libertarian nominee for secretary of state in 2010 and 2014, is running for the Libertarian nomination for governor.[222]


Jeff Colyer succeeded Sam Brownback in January 2018 after he was confirmed as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Colyer is seeking election to a full term in 2018.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, former state Senator Jim Barnett, former state Representative Mark Hutton, and businessman Wink Hartman are seeking the Republican nomination.[223]

Democratic candidates include state House Minority Leader Jim Ward, state Senator Laura Kelly, former Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Joshua Svaty, and former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.[223]

Businessman Greg Orman, who finished second in the 2014 U.S. Senate election in Kansas, is running as an Independent.[224]


One-term incumbent Larry Hogan is eligible for re-election.

Potential Democratic candidates include State Comptroller Peter Franchot, Attorney General Brian Frosh, former Attorney General and 2014 candidate Doug Gansler, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, former State Delegate and 2014 candidate Heather Mizeur, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Howard County Executive and 2014 Lieutenant Governor nominee Kenneth Ulman, and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen.[225][226][227][228]

Confirmed Democratic candidates include former President of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous, Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker, and Ralph Jaffee.

The first Democrat to officially announce his candidacy, Alec Ross; Business Innovation Author, The Industries of the Future and Whitehouse Technology Advisor to Hillary Clinton. Rushern Baker officially announced his candidancy and was endorsed by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen. Others who have officially announced their candidacy for Governor are Kevin Kamentz, and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings spouse).

Green Party candidate and entrepreneur Ian Schlakman is seeking his party's nomination.[229] Libertarian Shawn Quinn was nominated the LP's candidate by convention.[230]


One-term incumbent Charlie Baker is eligible for re-election.

Former State Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez,[47] environmentalist Bob Massie,[231][232] and former Newton Mayor Setti Warren[233] have announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination.


One-term incumbent Pete Ricketts is eligible for re-election. Former Governor Dave Heineman has not ruled out a primary challenge to Ricketts.[234]

State Senator Bob Krist is running against Ricketts as an independent.[235]

New Hampshire

Chris Sununu, who was elected in 2016 by a margin of two percent, is seeking re-election.[57]

Former Portsmouth Mayor and 2016 candidate Steve Marchand is currently the only Democrat to formally declare his intention to run.[56]

Jilletta Jarvis is seeking the Libertarian nomination.[236]

South Carolina

Henry McMaster succeeded Nikki Haley in January 2017 after she was confirmed as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.[237] McMaster is seeking election to a full term in 2018.

Former Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton, former Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill, and current Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant are running under the Republican ticket. Other potential Republican candidates include State Representative Tommy Pope, Attorney General Alan Wilson, State Senator Tom Davis, State Representative Kirkman Finlay III, and U.S. Representative and former Governor Mark Sanford.[238][239][240][241]

Democrats running for the office include State Representative James E. Smith Jr., business consultant Phil Noble, and former Anderson City Councilman Phil Cheney. Potential Democratic candidates include State Senator Brad Hutto, State Senator Gerald Malloy, former State Representative Bakari Sellers, Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, Florence Mayor Steve Wukela, and State Representative Leon Stavrinakis.[242]


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

Dallas businessman and Democrat Jeffrey Alan Payne announced his bid for Texas Governor on July 18, 2017.[243] Hospice chaplain and nominee for TX-21 in 2016 Tom Wakely announced his bid for governor on July 18, 2017.[244] Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff announced her bid on December 6, 2017. [245] Andrew White, entrepreneur and son of Governor Mark White, announced his bid a day after Valdez did. [81]

Both Kathie Glass[246] and Kory Watkins[247] are seeking the Libertarian nomination.


As the Governor of Vermont serves a two-year term, Phil Scott, who was elected in 2016, will be eligible to seek re-election.

Clean-water activist James Ehlers announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on July 27, 2017.[82]


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

Potential Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Senate Majority Leader Scott L. Fitzgerald, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.[248]

Democratic candidates include State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, state schools superintendent Tony Evers, former State Representative Kelda Roys, businessman Andy Gronik, State Representative Dana Wachs, and activist Mike McCabe.[249]

2016 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Anderson has declared his candidacy.[250]

Independent incumbent eligible for re-election


One-term incumbent Bill Walker is eligible for re-election.

Former House Speaker Mike Chenault and former Senate President Charlie Huggins have declared their candidacies for the Republican nomination. Former Governor Sean Parnell, former Lieutenant Governor Loren Leman, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and perennial candidate and 2010 Republican nominee for US Senate Joe Miller all may run.

Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich may run for the Democratic nomination.[251]


  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. ^ Kate Brown took office in 2015 after her predecessor, John Kitzhaber resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2016 special gubernatorial election.
  6. ^ Henry McMaster took office in 2017 after his predecessor, Nikki Haley resigned.
  7. ^ Ralph Torres took office in 2015 after the death of his predecessor, Eloy Inos.


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