Gubernatorial elections, 2014

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Voters from Maine to California will head to the polls on November 4, 2014 to voice opinions about their states' chief executives. A total of 36 gubernatorial seats are on the ballot in 2014. Most of the incumbent governors with expiring terms are seeking re-election, with 29 out of 36 (80.1 percent) of incumbents running for new terms. Four incumbent governors are ineligible to run due to term limits, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R), Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). Three governors declined to seek new terms, including Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

Republican governors held 22 of the 36 governors' mansions heading into the 2014 campaign. Of the Republican incumbents eligible for re-election, 19 out of 20 (95 percent) are seeking new terms in office. Nine states with gubernatorial elections are considered toss-ups or vulnerable for partisan switch, according to polling figures and reports from FiveThirtyEight, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, and Governing, current as of July 2014. The vulnerable governor seats are held by the following incumbents:[1][2][3]

Alabama

See also: Alabama Gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Robert J. Bentley Running

The Alabama gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Robert J. Bentley is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Parker Griffith. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Alaska

See also: Alaska Gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Sean Parnell Running

The Alaska gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Sean Parnell is running for re-election. A Republican primary election on August 19, 2014 featured Parnell and challengers Gerald L. "Tap" Heikes and Brad Snowden. The Democratic primary selected a challenger from a field including former Juneau mayor Byron Mallott and businessman Phil Stoddard. There are also three third-party candidates who have filed for the 2014 general election.[5] The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Arizona

See also: Arizona Gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Jan Brewer Term limited

The Arizona gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jan Brewer is prevented from seeking re-election in 2014 due to term limits. The Republican field for the primary election on August 26, 2014 is crowded, with seven candidates seeking the nomination including Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey. The winner of the primary will face Democratic candidate Fred DuVal, Libertarian Party candidate Barry J. Hess and three independent candidates. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Arkansas

See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Mike Beebe Term limited

The Arkansas gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mike Beebe is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. Former Rep. Mike Ross won the Democratic nomination by defeating Lynette Bryant in a primary election on May 20, 2014. Asa Hutchinson, a former U.S. House member, defeated businessman Curtis Coleman in the Republican primary. Ross and Hutchinson will face Libertarian Party candidate Frank Gilbert and Green Party candidate Josh Drake in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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California

See also: California Gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Jerry Brown Running

The California gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jerry Brown is running for re-election.[6] He will face Neel Kashkari (R), a former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in the general election. Brown and Kashkari were the top-two finishers in the June 3 primary election, qualifying them for the general election ballot. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Colorado

See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: John Hickenlooper Running

The Colorado gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John Hickenlooper is running for re-election. A primary election on June 24, 2014 selected former Rep. Bob Beauprez as the Republican nominee. Beauprez and Hickenlooper will face Libertarian Party candidate Matthew Hess, Green Party candidate Harry Hempy and two independent candidates. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Connecticut

See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Dan Malloy Running

The Connecticut gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dan Malloy is running for re-election. Tom Foley defeated state Sen. John P. McKinney in the Republican primary election on August 12, 2014. Three independent candidates will also appear on the general election ballot, including Jonathan Pelto, Joseph Visconti and Lee Whitnum. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Florida

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Rick Scott Running

The Florida gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rick Scott is running for re-election. He faces challenges from Yinka Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder in the Republican primary election on August 26, 2014. The Democratic primary features former Gov. Charlie Crist and former State Sen. Nan Rich. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Georgia

See also: Georgia gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Nathan Deal Running

The Georgia gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Nathan Deal is running for re-election. Deal defeated John Barge and David Pennington in the Republican primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election ballot features Deal, State Sen. Jason Carter (D) and Libertarian Party candidate Andrew Hunt. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Hawaii

See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Neil Abercrombie Running

The Hawaii gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Neil Abercrombie was running for re-election, but lost to State Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary election on August 9, 2014. Duke Aiona won the Republican nomination by defeating two other candidates in the primary. The general election ballot includes Libertarian Party candidate Jeff Davis, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and four independent candidates. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Idaho

See also: Idaho gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Butch Otter Running

The Idaho gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Butch Otter is running for re-election. Otter defeated three other candidates to win the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. He will face A.J. Balukoff (D), Constitution Party candidate Steve Pankey, Libertarian Party candidate John T. Bujak and two independent candidates. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Illinois

See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Pat Quinn Running

The Illinois gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Pat Quinn is running for re-election. He defeated Tio Hardiman in the Democratic primary election on March 18, 2014. Businessman Bruce Rauner defeated three other candidates to win the Republican nomination. Quinn and Rauner are joined on the general election ballot by Libertarian Party candidate Chad Grimm, Green Party candidate Bob Pritchett, Jr. and Constitution Party candidate Michael Oberline. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Iowa

See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Terry E. Branstad Running

The Iowa gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Terry E. Branstad is running for re-election. Branstad defeated Tom Hoefling in the Republican primary election on June 3, 2014. He faces Jack Hatch (D) and Libertarian Party candidate Lee Hieb in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Kansas

See also: Kansas gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Sam Brownback Running

The Kansas gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Sam Brownback is running for re-election. Brownback defeated Jennifer Winn in the primary election on August 5, 2014. State Rep. Paul Davis (D) and Libertarian Party candidate Keen A. Umbehr will face Brownback in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Maine

See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Paul LePage Running

The Maine gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Paul LePage is seeking re-election. He will face Rep. Mike Michaud (D) and four independent candidates in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Maryland

See also: Maryland gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Martin O'Malley Term limited

The Maryland gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Martin O'Malley is is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown defeated five other candidates to win the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014. Larry Hogan won the Republican nomination by besting three other candidates in the primary. Brown and Hogan will face Libertarian Party candidate Shawn Quinn in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Deval Patrick Not running

The Massachusetts gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Deval Patrick is not running for re-election. The Democratic primary election on September 9, 2014 features Attorney General Martha Coakley, State Treasurer Steven Grossman and Donald Berwick. The Republican primary features 2010 gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker and Mark Fisher. The general election ballot includes three independent candidates. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Michigan

See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Rick Snyder Running

The Michigan gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rick Snyder is running for re-election in 2014. He will face Democratic candidate Mark Schauer and independent candidate Robin Sanders in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Minnesota

See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Mark Dayton Running

The Minnesota gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mark Dayton is running for re-election.[7] The Democratic primary election on August 12, 2014 selected the ticket of Gov. Mark Dayton and Tina Smith, while Republican voters selected the ticket of Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle. The general election ballot also features Libertarian ticket Chris Holbrook and Chris Dock, Grassroots Party ticket Chris Wright and David Daniels and Independence Party ticket Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term.

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Nebraska

See also: Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Dave Heineman Term limited

The Nebraska gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dave Heineman is ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits. The Republican primary election on May 13, 2014 nominated financial executive Pete Ricketts from a field of six candidates. Ricketts will face Chuck Hassebrook (D) and Libertarian Party candidate Mark G. Elworth, Jr. in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Nevada

See also: Nevada gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Brian Sandoval Running

The Nevada gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Brian Sandoval is running for re-election. He defeated four other Republican candidates for the party's nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. The Democratic primary resulted in "None of these candidates" winning 30 percent of the vote, leaving second-place finisher Robert Goodman as the party's gubernatorial nominee. They are joined on the general election ballot by independent candidate David Lory VanderBeek and Green Party candidate David Gibson. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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New Hampshire

See also: New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Maggie Hassan Running

The New Hampshire gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Maggie Hassan is running for re-election. She will face Ian Freeman and Clecia Terrio in the Democratic primary election on September 9, 2014. The Republican primary features Daniel Greene, Walter Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway and Jonathan Smolin. The winner of the general election will serve a two-year term in office.

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New Mexico

See also: New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Susana Martinez Running

The New Mexico gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Susana Martinez is eligible for re-election. She will face Attorney General Gary King (D) in the general election. King defeated six other candidates in the Democratic primary election on June 3, 2014. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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New York

See also: New York gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Andrew Cuomo Running

The New York gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Andrew Cuomo is eligible for re-election. Cuomo faces four challengers in the Democratic primary election on September 9, 2014. The general election ballot features Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R), Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Ohio

See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: John Kasich Running

The Ohio gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John Kasich is running for re-election to a second term as governor in 2014.[8] Kasich will face Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who defeated Larry Ealy in the Democratic primary election on May 6, 2014. Kasich and FitzGerald will face Green Party candidate Anita Rios in the general election. Libertarian Party candidate Charlie Earl initially filed for the race, but was disqualified from the primary ballot on March 7, 2014. The winner will serve a four-year term in office.

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Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Mary Fallin Running

The Oklahoma gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mary Fallin is eligible for re-election. She defeated Chad Moody and Dax Ewbank in a primary election on June 24, 2014. Fallin will face State Rep. Joe Dorman (D) and independent candidates Richard Prawdzienski and Kimberly Willis in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Oregon

See also: Oregon gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: John Kitzhaber Running

The Oregon gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John Kitzhaber is running for his fourth term as Governor of Oregon. He defeated Ifeanyichukwu Diru in a primary election on May 20, 2014 to win the Democratic nomination. State Rep. Dennis Richardson topped a six-candidate Republican primary field with 65.7 percent of the vote. Kitzhaber and Richardson are joined by Constitution Party candidate Aaron Auer in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Pennsylvania

See also: Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Tom Corbett Running

The Pennsylvania gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Tom Corbett is running for re-election. The Democratic primary election on May 20, 2014 nominated Tom Wolf over three other candidates. Corbett and Wolf will face Green Party candidate Paul Glover and Libertarian Party candidate Ken Krawchuk in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Lincoln Chafee Not running

The Rhode Island gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Lincoln Chafee was eligible but chose not to run for re-election, citing a desire to focus on governing through the remainder of his term. A primary election on September 9, 2014 will select nominees for the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial ballot positions. State Treasurer Gina Raimando and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras headline a four-candidate field for the Democratic Party. The Republican primary pits Cranston Mayor Allan Fung against Ken Block. Six independent candidates are also on the general election ballot. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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South Carolina

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Nikki Haley Running

The South Carolina gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Nikki Haley is running for re-election in 2014.[9] Haley's decision to seek re-election in August 2013 led potential Republican challengers like Attorney General Alan Wilson, State Sen. Tom Davis and State Rep. Bobby Harrell, Jr. to decline campaigns for the governor's office. The general election ballot features State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D), Libertarian Party candidate Steve French, United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Reeves and independent candidate Tom Ervin. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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South Dakota

See also: South Dakota gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Dennis Daugaard Running

The South Dakota gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dennis Daugaard is running for re-election. A primary election on June 3, 2014 narrowed the ballot to Daugaard, State Rep. Susan Wismer (D) and independent candidate Mike Myers. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Tennessee

See also: Tennessee gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Bill Haslam Running

The Tennessee gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bill Haslam is running for re-election. He defeated three other Republican candidates in the primary election on August 7, 2014, including perennial candidate Basil Marceaux, Sr.. Charles V. "Charlie" Brown defeated four other candidates in the Democratic primary. Five third-party and independent candidates will also appear on the ballot, including Libertarian Party candidate Shaun Crowell and Green Party candidate Isa Infante. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Texas

See also: Texas gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Rick Perry Not running

The Texas gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rick Perry is eligible for re-election, but announced on July 8, 2013 that he would not seek re-election.[10] A primary election on March 4, 2014 nominated State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), Attorney General Greg Abbott and Libertarian Party candidate Kathie Glass for the general election ballot. They will be joined in the election by Green Party candidate Brandon Parmer. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Vermont

See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2014

Democratic Party Incumbent: Peter Shumlin Running

The Vermont gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Peter Shumlin is running for re-election. A primary election on August 26, 2014 will select a Republican nominee from a field including Emily Peyton, Steve Berry and Scott Milne. Liberty Union Party candidate Pete Diamondstone will also appear on the general election ballot. The winner of the general election will serve a two-year term in office.

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Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Scott Walker Running

The Wisconsin gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Scott Walker is running for re-election. A primary election on August 12, 2014 selected a Democratic challenger to Walker, with Mary Burke and Brett Hulsey seeking the nomination. Libertarian Party candidate Robert Burke and independent candidate Dennis Fehr are also on the general election ballot. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term in office.

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Wyoming

See also: Wyoming gubernatorial election, 2014

Republican Party Incumbent: Matt Mead Running

The Wyoming gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Matt Mead is running for re-election. He faced a challenge from outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes in the primary election on August 19, 2014. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic candidate Pete Gosar in the general election. The winner of the general election will serve a four-year term.

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