2022 State Elections Toolkit
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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, Oregon, and Wisconsin all rated as toss-ups by the state elections forecasters cnalysis. Additionally, the races in Maine, New Mexico, Kansas, and Pennsylvania 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, Oregon, Maine, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, 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 slightly 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

Yolanda Flowers
Kay Ivey*

Alaska

August 16

Les Gara
Mike Dunleavy*

Arizona

August 2

Katie Hobbs
Kari Lake

Arkansas

May 24

Chris Jones
Sarah Huckabee Sanders

California

June 7

Gavin Newsom*
Brian Dahle

Colorado

June 28

Jared Polis*
Heidi Ganahl

Connecticut

August 9

Ned Lamont*
Bob Stefanowski

Florida

August 23

Charlie Crist
Ron DeSantis*

Georgia

May 24

Stacey Abrams
Brian Kemp*

Hawaii

August 13

Josh Green
Duke Aiona

Idaho

May 17

Stephen Heidt
Brad Little*

Illinois

June 28

JB Pritzker* 
Darren Bailey

Iowa

June 7

Deidre DeJear
Kim Reynolds*

Kansas

August 2

Laura Kelly*
Derek Schmidt

Maine

June 14

Janet Mills*
Paul LePage

Maryland

July 19

Wes Moore
Dan Cox

Massachusetts

September 6

Maura Healey
Geoff Diehl

Michigan

August 2

Gretchen Whitmer*
Tudor Dixon

Minnesota

August 9

Tim Walz*
Scott Jensen

Nebraska

May 10

Carol Blood
Jim Pillen

Nevada

June 14

Steve Sisolak*
Joe Lombardo

New Hampshire

September 13

Tom Sherman
Chris Sununu*

New Mexico

June 7

Michelle Lujan Grisham*
Mark Ronchetti

New York

June 28

Kathy Hochul*
Lee Zeldin

Ohio

May 3

Nan Whaley

Mike DeWine*

Oklahoma

June 28

Joy Hofmeister
Kevin Stitt*

Oregon

May 17

Tina Kotek
Christine Drazan

Pennsylvania

May 17

Josh Shapiro
Douglas Mastriano

Rhode Island

September 13

Daniel McKee*
Ashley Kalus

South Carolina

June 14

Joe Cunningham
Henry McMaster*

South Dakota

June 7

Jamie Smith
Kristi Noem*

Tennessee

August 4

Jason Martin
Bill Lee*

Texas

March 1

Beto O'Rourke

Greg Abbott*

Vermont

August 9

Brenda Siegel
Phil Scott*

Wisconsin

August 9

Tony Evers*
Tim Michels

Wyoming

August 16

Theresa Livingston
Mark Gordon*

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.