2022 MD Governor Race2022 MD Governor Race

Governor Larry Hogan 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. Seeking the Republican nomination are state delegate Daniel L. Cox, former state delegate and perennial candidate Robin Ficker,  Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz, and the Democratic nominee in the 2016 House of Representatives election in Maryland’s first district Joe Werner. Cox’s candidacy was later endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele launched an exploratory committee into running for governor, but decided against running in January 2022.

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. Other candidates who entered the race and suspended their campaigns before the primary elections include businessman Mike Rosenbaum, former Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker (who also ran in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election),and former Republican Anne Arundel County executive Laura Neuman.

Wes Moore will be the Democratic candidate for governor and Dan Cox the Republican candidate.

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Summary

Governor Larry Hogan 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. Seeking the Republican nomination are state delegate Daniel L. Cox, former state delegate and perennial candidate Robin Ficker,  Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz, and the Democratic nominee in the 2016 House of Representatives election in Maryland’s first district Joe Werner. Cox’s candidacy was later endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele launched an exploratory committee into running for governor, but decided against running in January 2022.

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. Other candidates who entered the race and suspended their campaigns before the primary elections include businessman Mike Rosenbaum, former Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker (who also ran in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election),and former Republican Anne Arundel County executive Laura Neuman.

Wes Moore will be the Democratic candidate for governor and Dan Cox the Republican candidate.

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Predictions

SourceRankingAs of
The Cook Political Report[204]Lean D (flip)June 8, 2022
Inside Elections[205]Lean D (flip)March 4, 2022
Sabato’s Crystal Ball[206]Likely D (flip)June 29, 2022
Politico[207]Lean D (flip)April 1, 2022
RCP[208]Likely D (flip)January 10, 2022
Fox News[209]Lean D (flip)May 12, 2022
538[210]Likely D (flip)June 30, 2022

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Wikipedia

Wes Moore

Wes Moore

Current Position: Author, small business owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 Governor
Former Position(s): CEO, Robin Hood Foundation from 2015 – 2021

Dan Cox

Dan Cox

Current Position: State Delegate for District 4 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Wikipedia

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:

  • tossup“: no advantage
  • tilt” (used by some predictors): advantage that is not quite as strong as “lean”
  • lean“: slight advantage
  • likely“: significant, but surmountable, advantage
  • safe” or “solid“: near-certain chance of victory
StatePVI[1]Incumbent[2]Last
race
Cook
July 22,
2022
[3]
IE
July 22,
2022
[4]
Sabato
June 29,
2022
[5]
Politico
May 23,
2022
[6]
RCP
June 20,
2022
[7]
Fox
July 11,
2022
[8]
538[a][b]
July 21,
2022
[9]
AlabamaR+15Kay Ivey59.5% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
AlaskaR+8Mike Dunleavy51.4% RLikely RLikely RLikely RLikely RLikely RLikely RLean R
ArizonaR+2Doug Ducey (term-limited)56.0% RTossupTossupTossupTossupTossupTossupTossup
ArkansasR+16Asa Hutchinson (term-limited)65.3% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
CaliforniaD+13Gavin Newsom61.9% DSolid DSolid DSafe DSolid DSafe DSolid DSolid D
ColoradoD+4Jared Polis53.4% DSolid DSolid DLikely DLikely DLean DLikely DSolid D
ConnecticutD+7Ned Lamont49.4% DLikely DSolid DLikely DLikely DLean DLikely DLikely D
FloridaR+3Ron DeSantis49.6% RLikely RLikely RLikely RLikely RLean RLikely RSolid R
GeorgiaR+3Brian Kemp50.2% RLean RTilt RLean RTossupTossupTossupLikely R
HawaiiD+14David Ige (term-limited)62.7% DSolid DSolid DSafe DSolid DSafe DSolid DSolid D
IdahoR+18Brad Little59.8% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
IllinoisD+7J. B. Pritzker54.5% DSolid DSolid DSafe DLikely DLikely DLikely DSolid D
IowaR+6Kim Reynolds50.3% RSolid RSolid RSafe RLikely RLikely RSolid RSolid R
KansasR+10Laura Kelly48.0% DTossupTossupTossupTossupLean R (flip)Lean R (flip)Tossup
MaineD+2Janet Mills50.9% DLean DLean DLean DLean DTossupTossupLikely D
MarylandD+14Larry Hogan (term-limited)55.4% RSolid D (flip)Likely D (flip)Likely D (flip)Lean D (flip)Likely D (flip)Lean D (flip)Likely D (flip)
MassachusettsD+15Charlie Baker (retiring)66.6% RSolid D (flip)Lean D (flip)Likely D (flip)Likely D (flip)Likely D (flip)Likely D (flip)Solid D (flip)
MichiganR+1Gretchen Whitmer53.3% DTossupTilt DLean DLean DTossupTossupLikely D
MinnesotaD+1Tim Walz53.8% DLikely DLikely DLean DLean DTossupLean DLikely D
NebraskaR+13Pete Ricketts (term-limited)59.0% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
NevadaR+1Steve Sisolak49.4% DTossupTilt DTossupTossupTossupTossupLean D
New HampshireD+1Chris Sununu65.1% RSolid RLikely RSafe RLikely RSafe RLikely RSolid R
New MexicoD+3Michelle Lujan Grisham57.2% DLean DLean DLean DLean DTossupLean DLikely D
New YorkD+10Kathy Hochul59.6% DSolid DSolid DLikely DLikely DLikely DSolid DSolid D
OhioR+6Mike DeWine50.4% RLikely RSolid RSafe RLikely RLikely RLikely RSolid R
OklahomaR+20Kevin Stitt54.3% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
OregonD+6Kate Brown (term-limited)50.1% DLikely DLean DLean DLean DLean DLean DLean D
PennsylvaniaR+2Tom Wolf (term-limited)57.8% DLean DTilt DLean DLean DTossupLean DLikely D
Rhode IslandD+8Dan McKee52.6% DSolid DSolid DLikely DLikely DLikely DLikely DSolid D
South CarolinaR+8Henry McMaster54.0% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
South DakotaR+16Kristi Noem51.0% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
TennesseeR+14Bill Lee59.6% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R
TexasR+5Greg Abbott55.8% RLikely RSolid RLikely RLikely RLean RLikely RSolid R
VermontD+16Phil Scott68.5% RSolid RSolid RSafe RLikely RLikely RLikely RSolid R
WisconsinR+2Tony Evers49.5% DTossupTossupTossupTossupTossupTossupLean D
WyomingR+25Mark Gordon67.1% RSolid RSolid RSafe RSolid RSafe RSolid RSolid R

Race summary

States

StateGovernorPartyFirst electedLast raceStatusCandidates
AlabamaKay IveyRepublican2017[c]59.5% RRenominated
AlaskaMike DunleavyRepublican201851.4% RRunning
ArizonaDoug DuceyRepublican201456.0% RTerm-limited
ArkansasAsa HutchinsonRepublican201465.3% RTerm-limited
CaliforniaGavin NewsomDemocratic201861.9% DRenominated
ColoradoJared PolisDemocratic201853.4% DRenominated
ConnecticutNed LamontDemocratic201849.4% DRenominated
FloridaRon DeSantisRepublican201849.6% RRenominated
GeorgiaBrian KempRepublican201850.2% RRenominated
HawaiiDavid IgeDemocratic201462.7% DTerm-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]
IdahoBrad LittleRepublican201859.8% RRenominated
IllinoisJ. B. PritzkerDemocratic201854.5% DRenominated
IowaKim ReynoldsRepublican2017[d]50.3% RRenominated
KansasLaura KellyDemocratic201848.0% DRunning
MaineJanet MillsDemocratic201850.9% DRenominated
MarylandLarry HoganRepublican201455.4% RTerm-limited
MassachusettsCharlie BakerRepublican201466.6% RRetiring
MichiganGretchen WhitmerDemocratic201853.3% DRunning
MinnesotaTim WalzDFL201853.8% DFLRunning
NebraskaPete RickettsRepublican201459.0% RTerm-limited
NevadaSteve SisolakDemocratic201849.4% DRenominated
New HampshireChris SununuRepublican201665.1% RRunning
New MexicoMichelle Lujan GrishamDemocratic201857.2% DRenominated
New YorkKathy HochulDemocratic2021[e]59.6% DRenominated
OhioMike DeWineRepublican201850.4% RRenominated
OklahomaKevin StittRepublican201854.3% RRenominated
OregonKate BrownDemocratic2015[f]50.1% DTerm-limited
PennsylvaniaTom WolfDemocratic201457.8% DTerm-limited
Rhode IslandDan McKeeDemocratic2021[g]52.6% DRunning
South CarolinaHenry McMasterRepublican2017[h]54.0% RRenominated
South DakotaKristi NoemRepublican201851.0% RRenominated
TennesseeBill LeeRepublican201859.6% RRunning
  • Carnita Atwater (Democratic)[58]
  • Curtis Carney (Republican)[58]
  • Constance Every (Independent)[58]
  • John Gentry (Independent)[58]
  • Bill Lee (Republican)[58]
  • Basil Marceaux (Independent)[58]
  • Jason Martin (Democratic)[58]
  • Charles Morgan (Independent)[58]
  • Patricia Morrison (Republican)[58]
  • Alfred O’Neil (Independent)[58]
  • Deborah Rouse (Independent)[58]
  • Michael Scantland (Independent)[58]
  • J. B. Smiley Jr. (Democratic)[58]
  • Rick Tyler (Independent)[58]
TexasGreg AbbottRepublican201455.8% RRenominated
VermontPhil ScottRepublican201668.5% RRunning
WisconsinTony EversDemocratic201849.5% DRunning
WyomingMark GordonRepublican201867.1% RRunning

Territories and federal district

StateGovernorPartyFirst electedLast raceStatusCandidates
District of ColumbiaMuriel BowserDemocratic201476.4% DRenominated
GuamLou Leon GuerreroDemocratic201850.7% DRunning
Northern Mariana IslandsRalph TorresRepublican2015[i]62.2% RRunning
U.S. Virgin IslandsAlbert BryanDemocratic201854.5% DRunning

Alabama

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.[76] Ivey won the Republican primary outright on May 24, 2022, against 8 opponents; the Democratic nominee is Yolanda Flowers.[77]

Alaska

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.[78] Dunleavy’s 2018 opponent, former Governor Bill Walker, filed paperwork on August 17, 2021, declaring his candidacy for governor.[79]

Arizona

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.[80] However, on January 15, 2022, Yee announced that she would be withdrawing from the race to instead run for reelection.[81] Former Fox 10 television anchor Kari Lake announced on June 1 that she is running for governor.[82] Former 5th district Congressman and 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Salmon announced his bid for governor on June 16.[83] On June 25, Karrin Taylor Robson, member of the Arizona Board of Regents, entered the race[84] and Steve Gaynor, 2018 Republican Secretary of State nominee, also declared his candidacy.[85]

U.S. Representative David Schweikert was considered a possible candidate, however, Schweikert declined to run and endorsed Salmon.[86][87]

Former Nogales mayor Marco A. López Jr. was the first Democrat to announce running for governor.[88] On June 2, Democratic Secretary of State of Arizona Katie Hobbs announced that she will run for governor.[89] On June 29, Arizona State Representative for the 28th district Aaron Lieberman announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination.[90]

Arkansas

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,[91] former White House Press Secretary and the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced campaigns,[92] although Griffin eventually dropped out of the race and decided to run for Attorney General instead[93] while Rutledge also dropped out and decided to run for Lieutenant Governor instead.[94]

The Democratic nominee is Chris Jones, who defeated four other candidates in the Democratic prrimary.[95]

California

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.[96]

Colorado

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.[97][98]

Connecticut

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.[99] Lamont and Stefanowski won their respective primaries, setting up a rematch of the 2018 election.[100]

Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis was elected in 2018 with 49.6% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[101] Andrew Gillum, former mayor of Tallahassee and Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, will not run against DeSantis again.[102][103] Seeking the Democratic nomination are U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, (a former Republican governor of Florida).[104] Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, and Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo, Crist’s running mate in the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election.[105]

Georgia

Governor Brian Kemp was elected in 2018 with 50.2% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[106]

Former U.S. Senator David Perdue announced on December 6, 2021, that he would challenge Kemp in the Republican primary.[107] Perdue’s candidacy was later endorsed by former President Donald Trump.[108] 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.[109] Kemp won the primary with 73.7% of the vote on May 24.[110]

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.[111] She was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[112]

Hawaii

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, U.S. Representative Kai Kahele, and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Idaho

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.[113] Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy also announced a run for the Republican nomination, but switched to an Independent on February 17, 2022.[114]

The Democratic nominee is Stephen Heidt.[115]

Illinois

Governor J. B. Pritzker was elected in 2018 with 54.5% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[116]

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.[117] Erich “Mancow” Muller has stated he intends to run as an Independent.

Iowa

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.[118]

Democrat Deidre DeJear, who announced her candidacy in August 2021,[119] is the Democratic nominee.[120]

Kansas

Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 with 48% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[121] On the Republican side, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is running against her.[122]

Maine

Governor Janet Mills, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 with 50.9% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[123] Former Republican governor Paul LePage has announced that he will run again.[124] Both candidates won their primaries uncontested.[125]

Maryland

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.[126] Seeking the Republican nomination are state delegate Dan Cox,[127] former state delegate and perennial candidate Robin Ficker,[128] Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz,[129] and the Democratic nominee in the 2016 House of Representatives election in Maryland’s first district Joe Werner.[130] Cox’s candidacy was later endorsed by former President Donald Trump.[131] Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele launched an exploratory committee into running for governor,[132] but decided against running in January 2022.[133]

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.[134] Other candidates who entered the race and suspended their campaigns before the primary elections include businessman Mike Rosenbaum,[135] former Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker (who also ran in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election),[136][137] and former Republican Anne Arundel County executive Laura Neuman.[138]

Cox and Moore won their respective primaries on July 19, 2022.[139]

Massachusetts

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.[140][141]

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

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,[142] and businessman Kevin Rinke who declared on November 22.[143] Former Detroit police chief James E. Craig was previously a candidate, but was disqualified due to submitting fraudulent signatures.[144]

Minnesota

Governor Tim Walz was elected in 2018 with 53.8% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[145] Physician and former state senator Scott Jensen won the Republican convention and will challenge Walz in November.[146]

Nebraska

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,[147] UNL Board of Regents member Jim Pillen,[148] business executive Charles Herbster,[149] and former Douglas County GOP chair Theresa Thibodeau.[150] Although Herbster received the endorsement of former President Trump,[151] he came in second to Pillen, who won the Republican nomination with a little over a third of the vote.[152] Pillen’s running mate is Joseph P. Kelly, a former U.S. Attorney.[153]

State senator Carol Blood is running as the Democratic nominee.[154] Her running mate is former state senator Al Davis.[155] Also running is the Libertarian nominee Scott Zimmerman, a businessman and comedian.[156]

Nevada

Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, was elected in 2018 with 49.4% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[157] Former Senator Dean Heller ran for the Republican Nomination[158] as did North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee,[159] and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.[160] Lombardo won the Republican primary and will face Sisolak in November.[161]

New Hampshire

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.[162]

New Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected in 2018 with 57.2% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[163] The Republican nominee is former meteorologist Mark Ronchetti.[164]

New York

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.[165][166]

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.[167] Cuomo resigned as governor at the end of August 23, 2021, upon which Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul became governor.[168] Hochul has said she is running for a full gubernatorial term.[169] 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.[170][171] 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.[172][173] Hochul won the primary on June 28.[174]

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.[175] Zeldin won the primary on June 28.[174]

Larry Shape is the Libertarian nominee for governor. He was also the Libertarian nominee in the 2018 election.[176]

Ohio

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[177][178][179] and former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley[180] ran for the Democratic nomination.

DeWine and Whaley won their respective primaries on May 3.

Oklahoma

Governor Kevin Stitt was elected in 2018 with 54.3% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[181] Former state senator and physician Ervin Yen filed paperwork to challenge Stitt in the Republican Primary.[182] Stitt won the primary on June 28.[183]

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.[184][185] Hofmeister won the nomination on June 28, defeating former state senator Connie Johnson in the primary.[183]

Natalie Bruno has filed to run for the Libertarian Party’s nomination.[186] Paul Tay has filed with the state ethics commission to run as an independent.[187]

Oregon

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

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.[51] State Senator Doug Mastriano won the crowded Republican primary in a landslide, with the support of former president Donald Trump.[188] 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.[189][190]

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.[49][48][52]

Rhode Island

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

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.[191]

Democratic challengers who announced their campaigns included Former U.S. Representative Joe Cunningham;[192] South Carolina State Senator Mia McLeod;[193] and health care and social justice advocate Gary Votour.[194] Votour switched to the Labor Party in February.[195] Joe Cunningham won the Democratic nomination.

South Dakota

Governor Kristi Noem was elected in 2018 with 51% of the vote, and is running for re-election to a second term.[196] The Democratic nominee is state representative Jamie Smith.[197]

Tennessee

Governor Bill Lee was elected in 2018 with 59.6% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[198] Currently he has one challenger in the primary, Nashville business owner, Curtis Carney.[199] Lee has two challengers on the Democratic side, Dr. Carnita Atwater and Dr. Jason Martin.

Texas

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.[200] 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.[201] Former 2020 presidential, former U.S. representative, and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018 Beto O’Rourke declared his candidacy.[202][203] 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.[204]

Abbott and O’Rourke won their respective primaries on March 1.[205]

Vermont

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.[63]

Wisconsin

Incumbent Democrat Governor Tony Evers was elected in 2018 with 49.5% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[206] Former Republican Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is running.[207]

Wyoming

Governor Mark Gordon was elected in 2018 with 67.1% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[208] Perennial candidate Rex Rammell[209] and truck driver Aaron Nab[210] are primary challenging Gordon.

Territories and federal district

District of Columbia

Mayor Muriel Bowser was re-elected in 2018 with 76.4% of the vote and is running for re-election for a third term.[211] She was renominated, defeating city councilors Robert White and Trayon White in the primary.[212] She will face Republican nominee Stacia Hall and D.C. Statehood Green nominee Corren Brown in the general election.[213]

Guam

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero was elected in 2018 with 50.8% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[214] She is being challenged in the Democratic primary by U.S. House delegate Michael San Nicolas.[215]

Northern Mariana Islands

Governor Ralph Torres became governor on December 29, 2015, upon the death of incumbent governor Eloy Inos.[216][217] 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

Governor Albert Bryan was elected in 2018 with 54.5% of the vote and is running for reelection to a second term.[218] St. Croix Democratic Senator Kurt Vialet is running as an independent.[219]

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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2022 MD Governor Race

Governor Larry Hogan 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. Seeking the Republican nomination are state delegate Daniel L. Cox, former state delegate and perennial candidate Robin Ficker,  Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz, and the Democratic nominee in the 2016 House of Representatives election in Maryland’s first district Joe Werner. Cox’s candidacy was later endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele launched an exploratory committee into running for governor, but decided against running in January 2022.

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. Other candidates who entered the race and suspended their campaigns before the primary elections include businessman Mike Rosenbaum, former Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker (who also ran in the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election),and former Republican Anne Arundel County executive Laura Neuman.

Wes Moore will be the Democratic candidate for governor and Dan Cox the Republican candidate.

Source: Wikipedia

Wes Moore

Current Position: Author, small business owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 Governor
Former Position(s): CEO, Robin Hood Foundation from 2015 – 2021

Overview: N/A

Dan Cox

Current Position: State Delegate for District 4 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 Governor

Overview: N/A

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