2018 Gubernatorial Elections

Governors Races Overview

Thirty-six (36) states held regularly scheduled elections November 6 to choose governors. To learn more about a candidate and their campaign simply click on their name in the chart below.

Pre-election Party Control:

  • 18 gubernatorial races were for open seats
  • 26 states were held by Republicans
  • 9 states were held by Democrats
  • 1 state was held by an Independent

Post-election Party Control:

  • Republicans hold 26 governorships
  • Democrats hold 23 governorships
  • 1 race still uncalled

Disclaimer: The information contained in the table below is subject to revision and will be updated throughout the night on November 6 and the day of November 7. 

State Pre-election Party Control Candidates & Projected Winners Projected Post-election Party Control (* = flip)
Alabama R Governor Kay Ivey (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Alabama R Tuscaloosa, Alabama Mayor Walt Maddox (D) R
Alaska (Open Seat) I Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D) R*
Alaska (Open Seat) I Mike Dunleavy (R) - WINNER R*
Alaska (Open Seat) I William Toien (Libertarian) R*
Arizona R Governor Doug Ducey (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Arizona R David Garcia (D) R
Arkansas R Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Arkansas R Jared K. Henderson (D) R
Arkansas R Mark West (Libertarian) R
California (Open Seat) D Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom(D) - WINNER D
California (Open Seat) D John Cox (R) D
Colorado (Open Seat) D Congressman Jared Polis (D) - WINNER D
Colorado (Open Seat) D State Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R) D
Connecticut (Open Seat) D Bob Stefanowski (R) D
Connecticut (Open Seat) D Ned Lamont (D) - WINNER D
Florida (Open Seat) R Former Congressman Ron DeSantis (R) - WINNER R
Florida (Open Seat) R Tallahassee, Florida, Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) R
Georgia (Open Seat) R Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R)
Georgia (Open Seat) R Stacey Abrams (D)
Hawaii D Governor David Ige (D) (Inc.) - WINNER D
Hawaii D State Representative Andria Tupola (R) D
Idaho (Open Seat) R Lt. Governor Brad Little (R) - WINNER R
Idaho (Open Seat) R Paulette Jordan (D) R
Illinois R Governor Bruce Rauner (R) (Inc.) D*
Illinois R J.B. Pritzker (D) - WINNER D*
Iowa R Governor Kim Reynolds (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Iowa R Fred Hubbell (D) R
Kansas (Open Seat) R Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) D*
Kansas (Open Seat) R State Senator Laura Kelly (D) - WINNER D*
Kansas (Open Seat) R Greg Orman (I) D*
Maine (Open Seat) R Shawn Moody (R) D*
Maine (Open Seat) R Attorney General Janet Mills (D) - WINNER D*
Maryland R Governor Larry Hogan (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Maryland R Ben Jealous (D) R
Massachusetts R Governor Charlie Baker (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Massachusetts R Jay Gonzalez (D) R
Michigan (Open Seat) R Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) D*
Michigan (Open Seat) R Gretchen Whitmer (D) - WINNER D*
Minnesota (Open Seat) D Jeff Johnson (R) D
Minnesota (Open Seat) D Congressman Tim Walz (DFL) - WINNER D
Nebraska R Governor Pete Ricketts (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Nebraska R State Senator Bob Krist (D) R
Nevada (Open Seat) R Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt (R) D*
Nevada (Open Seat) R Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak (D) - WINNER D*
New Hampshire R Governor Chris Sununu (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
New Hampshire R Molly Kelly (D) R
New Mexico (Open Seat) R Congressman Steve Pearce (R) D*
New Mexico (Open Seat) R Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) - WINNER D*
New York D Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) (Inc.) - WINNER D
New York D Marc Molinaro (R) D
Ohio (Open Seat) R Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) - WINNER R
Ohio (Open Seat) R Richard Cordray (D) R
Oklahoma (Open Seat) R Kevin Stitt (R) - WINNER R
Oklahoma (Open Seat) R Drew Edmondson (D) R
Oregon D Governor Kate Brown (D) (Inc.) - WINNER D
Oregon D State Representative Knute Buehler (R) D
Pennsylvania D Governor Tom Wolf (D) (Inc.) - WINNER D
Pennsylvania D State Senator Scott Wagner (R) D
Rhode Island D Governor Gina Raimondo (D) (Inc.) - WINNER D
Rhode Island D Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor Allan Fung (R) D
Rhode Island D Joe Trillo (I) D
South Carolina R Governor Henry McMaster (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
South Carolina R State Representative James Smith (D) R
South Dakota (Open Seat) R State Senator Billie Sutton (D) R
South Dakota (Open Seat) R Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R) - WINNER R
Tennessee (Open Seat) R Bill Lee (R) - WINNER R
Tennessee (Open Seat) R Karl Dean (D) R
Texas R Governor Greg Abbott (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Texas R Lupe Valdez (D) R
Vermont R Governor Phil Scott (R) (Inc.) - WINNER R
Vermont R Christine Hallquist (D) R
Wisconsin R Governor Scott Walker (R) (Inc.) D*
Wisconsin R Superintendent Tony Evers (D) - WINNER D*
Wyoming (Open Seat) R State Treasurer Mark Gordon (R) - WINNER R
Wyoming (Open Seat) R Mary Throne (D) R

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