2010 Gubernatorial Election Results

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The following is a list of official results from gubernatorial elections held in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Summary

Full List of Results

Alabama

Two-term Republican incumbent Bob Riley was term-limited and thus ineligible for re-election.

Alabama Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Bentley 57.6% 860,472
     Democratic Ron Sparks 41.9% 625,710
     Other Write-ins 0.5% 8,091
Total Votes 1,494,273

Republican Hold

Alaska

Republican incumbent Sean Parnell took office in July 2009 following the resignation of Governor Sarah Palin. He was elected to a full term, defeating Democrat Ethan Berkowitz.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Parnell Incumbent 59.1% 151,318
     Democratic Ethan Berkowitz 37.7% 96,519
     Alaskan Independence Donald R. Wright 1.9% 4,775
     Libertarian Billy Toien 1% 2,682
     Other Write-ins 0.4% 898
Total Votes 256,192

Republican Hold

Arizona

In 2009, Democratic governor Janet Napolitano resigned to become Secretary of Homeland Security in the cabinet of President Barack Obama; she was replaced by Republican Secretary of State Jan Brewer, who ran for a full term. Early polling indicated that Brewer was vulnerable; following the passage of the new immigration law SB 1070, her numbers increased significantly, and she easily defeated Attorney General Terry Goddard in the general election.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJan Brewer Incumbent 54.3% 938,934
     Democratic Terry Goddard 42.4% 733,935
     Libertarian Barry J. Hess 2.2% 38,722
     Green Larry Gist 0.9% 16,128
     Other Write-ins 0.1% 2,017
Total Votes 1,729,736

Republican Hold

Arkansas

Democratic incumbent governor Mike Beebe was easily elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Jim Keet.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Hold

California

Incumbent Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was first elected in the 2003 recall election against Governor Gray Davis, did not run for re-election. In the election to replace him, former Demoratic governor and incumbent Attorney General Jerry Brown defeated Republican Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay. The state's debt and deficits were a major issue in the campaign, as the state edged precariously close to bankruptcy.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Gain

Colorado

Democratic incumbent governor Bill Ritter chose to retire after one term, creating an opening for both Democrats and Republicans in the state. Former Republican Congressman and 2008 presidential candidate Tom Tancredo ran as a candidate from the U.S. Constitution Party and finished second in a three-way race.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper 51.1% 915,436
     U.S. Constitution Tom Tancredo 36.4% 652,376
     Republican Dan Maes 11.1% 199,792
     Libertarian Jaimes Brown 0.7% 13,365
     Independent Jason R. Clark 0.5% 8,601
     Independent Paul N. Fiorino 0.2% 3,492
     Other Write-ins 0% 86
Total Votes 1,793,148

Democratic Hold

Connecticut

Republican incumbent governor Jodi Rell was eligible to run for re-election but chose to retire.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Gain

Florida

Republican incumbent Charlie Crist, who was eligible to run for a second term, chose instead to run for the open Senate seat being vacated by Reupblican Mel Martinez. In the Republican primary, businessman Rick Scott defeated Attorney General Bill McCollum in a hotly contested primary; he then defeated Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the general election.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

Georgia

Two-term Republican incumbent Sonny Perdue was ineligible to seek a third term. Former Democratic governor Roy Barnes, whom Perdue defeated in the 2002 election, ran again and won the Democratic primary. The Republican primary went to a runoff that saw Congressman Nathan Deal defeat Secretary of State Karen Handel, who had been endorsed by Sarah Palin. Deal went on to defeat Barnes in the general election.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

Hawaii

Two-term Republican governor Linda Lingle was ineligible to seek a third term. She was replaced by Democratic Congressman Neil Abercrombie, who defeated lieutenant governor Duke Aiona in the general election.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Gain

Idaho

Republican incumbent governor Butch Otter easily won a second term.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

Illinois

Incumbent Democratic governor Pat Quinn took office in 2009 following the impeachment and removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich and ran for a full term, narrowly defeating state comptroller Dan Hynes in the Democratic primary. The Republican primary went to a recount between State Senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, in which Brady emerged victorious. In the general election campaign, Brady consistently led Quinn in the polls by significant margins, but the presence of several third-party candidates, as well as Democrats' attacks on Brady's social conservatism, propelled Quinn to a narrow victory.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Hold

Iowa

Democratic incumbent governor Chet Culver ran for a second term, facing former four-term Republican governor Terry Branstad in the general election. Long considered vulnerable, Culver faced an uphill battle early on. In the November election, Branstad won by a decisive margin, making Culver the first governor to be defeated for re-election since Republican Norman A. Erbe in 1962.

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Kansas

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Maine

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Maryland

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Hold

Massachusetts

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Hold

Michigan

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Minnesota

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Gain

Nebraska

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

Nevada

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

New Hampshire

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Hold

New Mexico

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

New York

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Hold

Ohio

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Oklahoma

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Oregon

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Hold

Pennsylvania

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Rhode Island

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Independent Gain

South Carolina

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

South Dakota

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

Tennessee

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain

Texas

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

Utah

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Hold

Vermont

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Democratic Gain

Wisconsin

On November 2, 2010, Scott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch won election to the office of Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor. They defeated Tom Barrett/Tom Nelson (D) and six third-party candidates in the general election.

Wisconsin Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch 52.2% 1,128,941
     Democratic Tom Barrett/Tom Nelson 46.5% 1,004,303
     Independent Jim Langer/No candidate 0.5% 10,608
     Libertarian No candidate/Terry Virgil 0.3% 6,790
     Common Sense James James/No candidate 0.4% 8,273
     Independent Leslie Ervin Smetak/David Myron Smetak 0% 19
     Independent Patricia Messici/No candidate 0% 22
     Independent Hari Trivedi/No candidate 0% 18
     Scattering Various 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,160,832
Election Results Via: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

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Republican Gain

Wyoming

Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0

Republican Gain