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Current Partisan Breakdown of State Governors

Governor is a statewide elected office in all 50 states and serves as the chief executive officer of a state. Currently, Republicans hold governorships in 28 states compared to Democrats’ 22 governorships. 

States with Gubernatorial Elections in 2022

On November 8, 2022, gubernatorial seats in 36 states are up for election. Of these, 20 are currently held by Republicans and 16 are currently held by Democrats. The map below shows forecasts for the 2022 gubernatorial elections. Forecasts provided by cnalysis.


Races to Watch

Keep a close eye on the gubernatorial races in Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, all rated as toss-ups by the state elections forecasters cnalysis. Additionally, the races in Maine, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are expected to be close. 

Toss-Ups

Most of the races forecast as toss-ups or slight leans are positions currently held by Democrats, including Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Only one race forecast as a toss-up — Arizona — is currently held by Republicans. If the electorate skews towards Republicans in November, Democrats could see their control of 22 governorships shrink substantially.

Potential Party Flippers 

Forecasters expect the two gubernatorial seats in dark-blue Maryland and Massachusetts, currently held by popular but term-limited moderate Republicans, to flip back to Democratic control. And Republicans are favored to win back the governor’s mansion in Kansas from incumbent Democrat Laura Kelly.

Primary Elections: Dates and Results

The chart below lays out the primary dates and the victors (once available) in major party primaries for the 36 gubernatorial races. Asterisk (*) indicated incumbent.

State

Primary Election

Democratic Candidate

Republican Candidate

Alabama

May 24



Alaska

August 16



Arizona

August 2



Arkansas

May 24



California

June 7



Colorado

June 28



Connecticut

August 9



Florida

August 23



Georgia

May 24



Hawaii

August 13



Idaho

May 17



Illinois

June 28



Iowa

June 7



Kansas

August 2



Maine

June 14



Maryland

June 28



Massachusetts

September 6



Michigan

August 2



Minnesota

August 9



Nebraska

May 10

Carol Blood
Jim Pillen

Nevada

June 14



New Hampshire

September 13



New Mexico

June 7



New York

June 28



Ohio

May 3

Nan Whaley

Mike DeWine*

Oklahoma

June 28



Oregon

May 17



Pennsylvania

May 17



Rhode Island

September 13



South Carolina

June 14



South Dakota

June 7



Tennessee

August 4



Texas

March 1

Beto O'Rourke

Greg Abbott*

Vermont

August 9



Wisconsin

August 9



Wyoming

August 16




Additional Resources and Analysis

Visit our 2022 State Elections Toolkit for additional information on all of the state executive and legislative seats up for election this year, handy downloadable resources,  and analysis of the potential impact on the partisan makeup of state governments.