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 2 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, thirteen 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
Aug 7, 2017[2]
Aug 24, 2017[3]
Sep 20, 2017[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 Safe R Lean R Lean R
Kansas R+13 (Sam Brownback) (R) 49.8% R Likely R Likely R Lean R
Maine D+3 (Paul LePage) (R) 48.2% R Tossup Lean D Tossup
Maryland D+12 Larry Hogan (R) 51.0% R Likely R Likely 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 Safe 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 Safe 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 Christopher Countryman (D)[5]
Stacy George (R)
Sue Bell Cobb (D)
Walt Maddox (D)
Parker Griffith (D)
James C. Fields (D)
Tommy Battle (R)

Scott Dawson (evangelist)(R)

Alaska Bill Walker Independent 2014 Running Charlie Huggins (R)[6]
Mike Chenault (R)[7]
Arizona Doug Ducey Republican 2014 Running David Garcia (D)
Steve Farley (D)
Noah Dyer (D)
Doug Ducey (R)
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson Republican 2014 Running Asa Hutchinson (R)
California Jerry Brown Democratic 2010[b] Term-limited John Chiang (D)[8]
John H. Cox (R)[9]
Delaine Eastin (D)[10]
Rosey Grier (R)[11]
David Hadley (R)[12]
Zoltan Istvan (L)[13]
Gavin Newsom (D)[14]
Antonio Villaraigosa (D)[15]
Colorado John Hickenlooper Democratic 2010 Term-limited George Brauchler (R)[16]
Lew Gaiter (R)[17]
Noel Ginsburg (D)[18]
Mike Johnston (D)[19]
Cary Kennedy (D)
Victor Mitchell (R)[20]
Jared Polis (D)[21]
Connecticut Dan Malloy Democratic 2010 Retiring Dan Drew (D)[22]
Mark Lauretti (R)[23]
Micah Welintukonis (R)[24]
Prasad Srinivasan (R)[25]
Florida Rick Scott Republican 2010 Term-limited Andrew Gillum (D)[26]
Chris King (D)
Gwen Graham (D)[27]
Adam Putnam (R)
Usha Jain (R)
Bruce Nathan (R)
Angel Luis Rivera (R)
Bob White (R)
Georgia Nathan Deal Republican 2010 Term-limited Casey Cagle (R)[28]
Brian Kemp (R)[29]
Doug Craig (L)[30]
Hunter Hill (R)
Stacey Abrams (D)
Hawaii David Ige Democratic 2014 Eligible
Idaho Butch Otter Republican 2006 Retiring Tommy Ahlquist (R)
Brad Little (R)[31]
Raul Labrador (R)[32]
Illinois Bruce Rauner Republican 2014 Running

Daniel Biss (D)
Robert Daiber (D)[33]
Christopher G. Kennedy (D)[34]
J.B. Pritzker (D)
Bruce Rauner (R)[35]
Randy Stufflebeam (C)[36]

Iowa Kim Reynolds Republican 2017[c] Running

Nate Boulton (D)
Fred Hubbell (D)
John Norris
Ron Corbett (R)
Steven Ray (R)
Kim Reynolds (R)
Rich Leopold (D)[37]
Andy McGuire (D)[38]
Jon Neiderbach (D)[39]
Brent Roske (I)

Kansas Sam Brownback Republican 2010 Term-limited Carl Brewer (D)
Josh Svaty (D)
Maine Paul LePage Republican 2010 Term-limited Janet Mills (D)
Mark Eves (D)
Diane Russell (D)[40]
Maryland Larry Hogan Republican 2014 Running Larry Hogan (R)
Alec Ross (D)[41]
Kevin Kamenetz (D)
Ben Jealous (D)

Rushern Baker (D)

Massachusetts Charlie Baker Republican 2014 Eligible

Jay Gonzalez (D)[42]
Setti Warren (D)
Bob Massie (D)[43]

Michigan Rick Snyder Republican 2010 Term-limited Bill Schuette (R)
Jim Hines (R)[44]
Abdul El-Sayed (D)[45]
Gretchen Whitmer (D)[46]
Minnesota Mark Dayton DFL 2010 Retiring Chris Coleman (DFL)[47]
Tina Liebling (DFL)[48]
Erin Murphy (DFL)[49]
Rebecca Otto (DFL)[50]
Tim Walz (DFL)[51]
Nebraska Pete Ricketts Republican 2014 Running Pete Ricketts (R)[52]
Nevada Brian Sandoval Republican 2010 Term-limited Jared Fisher (R)
Steve Sisolak (D)
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 Running Steve Marchand (D)[53]
Chris Sununu (R)[54]
New Mexico Susana Martinez Republican 2010 Term-limited Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)[55]
Steve Pearce (R)[56]
New York Andrew Cuomo Democratic 2010 Running
Ohio John Kasich Republican 2010 Term-limited Mike DeWine (R)[57]
Jon Husted (R)[58]
Dave Kiefer (D)[59]
Connie Pillich (D)[60]
Jim Renacci (R)[61]
Joe Schiavoni (D)[62]
Betty Sutton (D)[63]
Mary Taylor (R)[64]
Nan Whaley (D)[65]
Oklahoma Mary Fallin Republican 2010 Term-limited Scott Inman (D)[66]
Connie Johnson (D)
Drew Edmondson (D)
Mick Cornett (R)
Todd Lamb (R)
Gary Jones (R)
Gary Richardson (R)
Rex Lawhorn (L)
Joe "Exotic" Maldonado (L)
Oregon Kate Brown Democratic 2016 Running Kate Brown (D)[67]
Knute Buehler (R)[68]
Pennsylvania Tom Wolf Democratic 2014 Running Paul Mango (R)
Scott Wagner (R)[69]
Rhode Island Gina Raimondo Democratic 2014 Eligible Paul Roselli (D)[70]
South Carolina Henry McMaster Republican 2017[d] Running Yancey McGill (R)[71]
Henry McMaster (R)[72]
Tommy Pope (R)[73]
Catherine Templeton (R)
South Dakota Dennis Daugaard Republican 2010 Term-limited Marty Jackley (R)[74]
Lora Hubbel (R)
Kristi Noem (R)[75]
Terry LaFleur (R)

Billie Sutton (D)

Tennessee Bill Haslam Republican 2010 Term-limited Randy Boyd (R)
Karl Dean (D)[76]
Texas Greg Abbott Republican 2014 Running Billy Engle Jr. (R)[77]
Jeffrey Alan Payne (D) [78]
Tom Wakely (D)[79]
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 Eligible James Ehlers (D)[80]
Wisconsin Scott Walker Republican 2010 Running Tony Evers (D) [81]
Andy Gronik (D) [82]
Brett Hulsey (D) [83]
Kathleen Vinehout (D) [84]
Dana Wachs (D) [85]
Wyoming Matt Mead Republican 2010 Term-limited Mary Throne (D)[86]


Territory Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Guam Eddie Calvo Republican 2010 Term-limited[87]
U.S. Virgin Islands Kenneth Mapp Independent 2014 Eligible[88] Kenneth Mapp (I)[89]
Soraya Diase Coffelt (I)[90]
Warren Mosler (I)[91][92]
Albert Bryan (D)[89]
Randolph Bennett (D)[89]
Adlah Donastorg Jr. (D)[89]
Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Torres Republican 2015

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 Eligible[94]

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.[95]

Democratic candidates running include California State Treasurer John Chiang,[8] former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin,[10] Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom,[14][96] and former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa.[15]

Businessman John H. Cox[9] and State Assemblyman Travis Allen,[97] are running for governor as Republicans.

Libertarian candidates include transhumanist activist Zoltan Istvan.[13]


Two-term Governor John Hickenlooper is term-limited, as Colorado does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.[98]

Democratic candidates include U.S. Representative Jared Polis,[21] former state senator Mike Johnston,[19] and businessman Noel Ginsburg.[18] Other potential Democratic candidates include former Lieutenant Governor Joseph García, Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, and former State House Speaker Mark Ferrandino.[99][100]

Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter has announced he will run for the Republican nomination. [101] Potential Republican candidates include Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler and State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.[102][103]


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

Declared Democrat candidates are Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei and former state consumer protection commissioner, Jonathan Harris.[104]

Declared Republican candidates are Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti,Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, Danbury Mayor and 2014 candidate, Mark Bougton, former Secretary of State candidate, Peter Lumaj, state representative Prasad Srinivasan, former US Comptroller, David Walker and Micah Welintukonis, Former Vice Chair Coventry Town Council.[104]


Two-term Governor Mark Dayton is eligible to seek re-election, but has stated that he would not do so.[105]

Declared Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates include St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman,[106] State Representative Erin Murphy,[107] State Auditor Rebecca Otto,[108] State Representative Tina Liebling,[109] former State House Speaker Paul Thissen,[110] and Congressman Tim Walz.[111] 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.[112]

Former Independence Party Governor Jesse Ventura has expressed interest in running again.[113]

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. Congresswoman 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.[114]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a potential Democratic candidate, despite Cuomo announcing his re-election bid.[115] 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.[116]

Retiring U.S. Representative Chris Gibson is a potential Republican candidate.[117][118] Other potential Republicans include 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.[116]


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.[119] She is running for a full term.[67]

State Representative Knute Buehler is running for the Republican nomination.[68]


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

State Senator Scott Wagner is the current front-runner for the Republican nomination.[120] Potential Republican candidates include House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.[120]

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.[121]

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.

Potential Republican candidates include Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee.[122][123][124] U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Will Weatherford will not run.[125][126]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, and businessman Chris King are running for the Democratic nomination.[127] A potential dark-horse candidate is major Democratic donor and attorney John Morgan.[128]


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. The Republican Party of Guam has not released any potential candidates it has for re-election but it believes that, with its current slate of candidates, it can still keep a Republican in Adelup. Potential Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio, which although has not officially declared a bid, has stated it is possible for him to run. Meanwhile, there has only been two Democrats have ever been elected governor of Guam: the late Gov. Ricardo Bordallo and former Gov. Carl Gutierrez. Three Democratic politicians have thrown in their names into contention:

  • Sen. Frank B. Aguon, 34th Guam Legislature
    • He announced his bid to be the Governor of Guam in February, just within weeks of winning his ninth legislative term.
    • Aguon ran for lieutenant governor in 2006 under the Underwood-Aguon ticket and lost. He later ran again as lieutenant governor in 2010 with Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez in which he also lost.
  • Former Senator Lourdes Leon Guerrero, (23rd-24th, 26th-28th Guam Legislature)
    • She announced her bid to run for governor in February while attending a wedding at Plaza de España in Hagatña. In a video, she declared her candidacy and chose Josh Tenorio, the new VP of Guam Autospot, to be his running mate in the 2018 primary and general election
    • Leon Guerrero once ran for Lt. Governor under the Ada/Leon Guerrero ticket in the 1998 Democratic primary and lost against the incumbent ticket of Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez and Lt. Governor Madeleine Z. Bordallo.
  • Former Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez
    • Governor Gutierrez declared his bid for governor in his home in Agaña Heights. He has yet chosen a running mate.
    • He once ran again as governor in 2006 under the Gutierrez/Cruz ticket but lost in the primaries against Former Delegate Robert A. Underwood and Senator Frank B. Aguon.
    • He ran once again as governor in 2010, with Frank B. Aguon as his running mate. They were narrowly defeated by the Calvo-Tenorio ticket by 487 votes.
    • In 2014, Former Governor Gutierrez and his running mate Gary Gumataotao ran against the re-election bid of Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio. They later lost the election and gave their support to the re-elected leaders.


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

Potential Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, former state Attorney General Sam Olens, U.S. Representative Austin Scott, and former U.S. Representatives Lynn Westmoreland and Jack Kingston.[129][130][131]

State Representative Stacey Abrams and State Representative Stacey Evans are seeking the Democratic nomination.[132]

Doug Craig, former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, is running for the Libertarian nomination.[30]


Three-term Governor Butch Otter is eligible to seek re-election, but has stated that he will not do so.[133]

Potential Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and U.S. Representative Raúl Labrador.[134][135]

2014 Democratic nominee A.J. Balukoff, a businessman and member of the Boise School District Board of Trustees, is a potential candidate.[136]


Two-term Governor Sam Brownback is term-limited, as Kansas does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms.

Potential Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and Senate President Susan Wagle. U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder is also a potential Republican candidate.[137][138]

2014 Democratic nominee and former State Representative Paul Davis may run again.[139] Former United States Attorney Barry R. Grissom is another potential Democratic candidate.[140] Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has announced he will run, as has former state representative and state Secretary of Agriculture Joshua Svaty of Ellsworth.


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. This gubernatorial election is scheduled to be the first in Maine to be conducted with ranked choice voting, as opposed to a simple plurality, after voters passed a citizen referendum approving the change in 2016.[141] However, an advisory opinion by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court holding that ranked choice voting would be unconstitutional has made the format of the election uncertain.[142]

Announced Republican candidates include State House Minority Leader Ken Fredette,[143] State Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason[144], former Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew,[145] and Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau.[146] Other potential Republican candidates include State Senator Roger Katz,[147], businessman and 2010 independent candidate for Governor Shawn Moody,[148] U.S. Representative Bruce Poliquin,[149], former Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers,[150] and former Maine House Minority Leader Josh Tardy.[147]

Announced Democratic candidates include former State Senator James Boyle,[151] attorney and 2008 ME-01 candidate Adam Cote, former House speaker Mark Eves,[152] Maine Attorney General Janet Mills,[153] former State representative Diane Russell,[40][154] and former Maine Women's Lobby director Betsy Sweet.[155][156] Other potential Democratic candidates include former Governor John Baldacci, [157] Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap,[158] businessman Adam Lee,[159] former U.S. Representative and 2014 nominee Mike Michaud,[160] and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree.[161] There are at least two efforts to encourage author Stephen King to run,[162] though he has said he will not run or serve.[163]

Independent State Treasurer Terry Hayes has filed to run.[164] Former Lewiston mayor and former Auburn mayor John Jenkins is considering running. [165]


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

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is running for the Republican nomination.[166]. He is the current frontrunner in Republican primary election polling[167] Other potential Republican candidates include U.S. Representative Candice Miller, and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley[168]

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer announced her intention to file paperwork to run for governor in 2018 on January 3, 2017, and is the current declared Democratic primary frontrunner[169]. Abdul El-Sayed, executive director of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion also has announced he will run.[45] Other potential Democratic candidates include U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. U.S. Representative Dan Kildee was initially seen as a contender for governor,[168][170] but announced he would not run in the 2018 election.[171]


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

Potential Republican candidates include U.S. Representative Mark Amodei,[172] Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison, and former Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki.[173][174][175] U.S. Senator Dean Heller has ruled out a run for governor in favor of running for re-election.[176] Potential Democratic candidates include former Secretary of State Ross Miller,[177][178] Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak,[179] and state senator Aaron Ford.[179]

New Mexico

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

Democratic US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced she will run.[180][181][182][183] Republican US Representative Steve Pearce has announced that he will run.[56]

Potential Democratic candidates include Attorney General Hector Balderas, 2014 candidate Alan Webber, and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.[184]


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

Attorney General Mike DeWine,[57] Secretary of State Jon Husted,[58] U.S. Representative Jim Renacci,[61] and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor[64] are running for the Republican nomination.

Former Wayne County Commissioner Dave Kiefer,[59] former State Representative Connie Pillich,[60] State Senator Joe Schiavoni,[62] former U.S. Representative Betty Sutton,[63] and Mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley[65] are running for the Democratic nomination. Talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer has been suggested as a candidate.[185]


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

Potential Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb and State Treasurer Ken A. Miller.[186]

Democratic former U.S. Representative Dan Boren, son of former governor and U.S. Senator David Boren, may run.[187] Other potential Democratic candidates include House Minority Leader Scott Inman and former Governor Brad Henry.[186][188]

Libertarian candidates include Rex Lawhorn, Chris Powell, and Joe "Exotic" Maldonado [189]

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 has announced she is running, other potential Republican candidates include Attorney General Marty Jackley, State Representative Mark Mickelson, Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, State Representative Lee Schoenbeck, and former Senate Majority Leader Larry Rhoden.[190][191][192]

Potential Democratic candidates include former U.S. Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, former United States Attorney Brendan Johnson, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether, Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth, 2014 candidate and former Wildland Fire Division Director Joe Lowe, and State Senator Jason Frerichs.[191][193]


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 is running for the Democratic nomination.[200] Other potential candidates include House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh,[201] Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Clarksville Mayor and former state representative Kim McMillan,[202] and stand-up comedian Ralphie May[203][204]


Two-term Governor Matt Mead is term-limited, as Wyoming limits governors to serving for eight years in a sixteen-year period. Former State Representative Mary Throne has announced she will run for the Democratic nomination.

Potential 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.

Republican incumbents eligible for re-election


Two-term Governor Robert Bentley was ineligible for re-election, as Alabama does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms. Incumbent Governor Kay Ivey, who became governor upon Bentley's resignation, will be eligible to run for a full term.

Potential Republican candidates include Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, former State Senator Scott Beason, Evangelist Scott Dawson, State Senator Slade Blackwell, former U.S. Representative Jo Bonner, State Treasurer Young Boozer, businessman Will Brooke, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington, businessman Tim James, Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Jim Main, State Senator Del Marsh, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, State Senator Arthur Orr, State Senator Trip Pittman, State Senator Greg Reed, attorney Rob Riley, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, and State Senator Cam Ward[205][206][207][208][209][210] Former Alabama Attorney General and U.S. Senator Luther Strange has ruled out a run for governor in favor of a run for U.S. Senate.[211]

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb are seeking the Democratic nomination.[212]


One-term incumbent Doug Ducey is eligible for re-election.

State Senator Steve Farley and professor David Garcia are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.[213]


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

Potential Democratic candidates include State Senator Keith Ingram and former U.S. Attorney and 2016 Senate nominee Conner Eldridge.[214][215]


One-term incumbent Bruce Rauner is running for re-election.[216] Sam McCann, a legislative opponent of Rauner, has been courted by factions of the Republican Party to challenge Rauner in the primary.[217]

On the Democratic side, Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber,[218] former Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and member of the Kennedy family Chris Kennedy,[219][220] State Representative Scott Drury,[221] State Senator Daniel Biss,[222] and venture capitalist J. B. Pritzker[223] have announced they will run for the Democratic nomination.

On August 10, 2017, Pritzker announced that his running mate will be State Representative Juliana Stratton.[224]

Libertarian candidates include Kash Jackson, Matt Scaro, and Jon Stewart.[225]


Governor Terry Branstad resigned from office in 2017 to serve as the ambassador to China.[226] Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds became governor upon Branstad's resignation, and she will be eligible for election to a full term in 2018.

Potential Republican candidates include Reynolds, state party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, President and CEO of The Family Leader Bob Vander Plaats, Secretary of State Paul Pate, former Secretary of State Matt Schultz, State House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, State Representative Peter Cownie, and State Senator Amy Sinclair.[227][228]

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.[229]

Jake Porter, who was the Libertarian nominee for secretary of state in 2010 and 2014, is running for the Libertarian nomination for governor.[230]


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

Potential Democratic candidates include Prince George's County Exeuctive Rushern Baker, U.S. Representative John Delaney, 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.[231][232][233][234]

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.


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

Former State Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez,[42] environmentalist Bob Massie,[235][236] and Newton Mayor Setti Warren[237] 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.[238]

State Senator Bob Krist is running against Ricketts as an independent.[239]

New Hampshire

As the Governor of New Hampshire serves a two-year term, Chris Sununu, who was elected in 2016 by a margin of two percent, will be eligible to seek re-election. He is running.[54]

Former Mayor Steve Marchand is currently the only Democrat to formally declare his intention to run.[53]

South Carolina

Having been elected for two terms, Governor Nikki Haley was term-limited, as South Carolina does not allow governors to serve three consecutive terms. On November 23, 2016, CNN reported that Nikki Haley had been nominated by Donald Trump for United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Upon her confirmation to serve as Ambassador and subsequent resignation as governor in January 2017, Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster became governor and will be eligible for election to a full term in 2018.[240]

Other potential Republican candidates include State Representative Tommy Pope, Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton, Attorney General Alan Wilson, State Senator Tom Davis, State Representative Kirkman Finlay III, and U.S. Representative and former Governor Mark Sanford.[241][242][243][244] U.S. Senator Tim Scott has ruled out running for governor.[245]

Potential Democratic candidates include State Senator Brad Hutto, State Senator Gerald Malloy, State Representative James E. Smith, Jr., former State Representative Bakari Sellers, Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, Florence Mayor Steve Wukela, and State Representative Leon Stavrinakis.[246]


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

Dallas businessman and Democrat Jeffrey Alan Payne announced his bid for governor on July 18, 2017.[78] Hospice chaplain and nominee for TX-21 in 2016 Tom Wakely announced his bid for governor on July 18, 2017.[79] Potential Democratic candidates include State Representative Rafael Anchia, U.S. Representative Joaquín Castro, and former Mayor of Houston Annise Parker.[247][248][249][250][251]


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.[80]


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.[252]

Democratic candidates include State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, state schools superintendent Tony Evers, businessman Andy Gronik, state Representative Dana Wachs, and activist Mike McCabe.[253]

Independent incumbent eligible for re-election


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

Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich may run for the Democratic nomination.[254]


  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. ^ Henry McMaster took office in 2017 after his predecessor, Nikki Haley resigned.


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