Governor Election
 
 
 
2014 Gubernatorial Elections  
   

Alabama Elections Alabama Alabama gubernatorial seat held by Republican Robert Bentley +38
Alaska Elections Alaska Alaska gubernatorial seat held by Republican Sean Parnell +3
Arizona Elections Arizona Arizona gubernatorial seat held by Republican Jan Brewer +10
Arkansas Elections Arkansas Arkansas gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Mike Beebe +2
California Elections California California gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Jerry Brown +18
Colorado Elections Colorado Colorado gubernatorial seat held by Democrat John Hickenlooper -5
Connecticut Elections Connecticut Connecticut gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Dan Malloy even
Florida Elections Florida Florida gubernatorial seat held by Republican Rick Scott +2.5
Georgia Elections Georgia Georgia gubernatorial seat held by Republican Nathan Deal +6
Hawaii Elections Hawaii Hawaii gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Neil Abercrombie +32
Idaho Elections Idaho Idaho gubernatorial seat held by Republican Butch Otter +18
Illinois Elections Illinois Illinois gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Pat Quinn +4
Iowa Elections Iowa Iowa gubernatorial seat held by Republican Terry Branstad +13
Kansas Elections Kansas Kansas gubernatorial seat held by Republican Sam Brownback +3
Maine Elections Maine Maine gubernatorial seat held by Republican Paul LePage even
Maryland Elections Maryland Maryland gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Martin O'Malley +13
Massachusetts Elections Massachusetts Massachusetts gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Deval Patrick +4
Michigan Elections Michigan Michigan gubernatorial seat held by Republican Rick Snyder -1
Minnesota Elections Minnesota Minnesota gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Mark Dayton +9
Nebraska Elections Nebraska Nebraska gubernatorial seat held by Republican Dave Heineman +20
Nevada Elections Nevada Nevada gubernatorial seat held by Republican Brian Sandoval +25
New Hampshire Elections New Hampshire New Hampshire gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Maggie Hassan +9
New Mexico Elections New Mexico New Mexico gubernatorial seat held by Republican Susana Martinez +12
New York Elections New York New York gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Andrew Cuomo +25
Ohio Elections Ohio Ohio gubernatorial seat held by Republican John Kasich +19
Oklahoma Elections Oklahoma Oklahoma gubernatorial seat held by Republican Mary Fallin +24
Oregon Elections Oregon Oregon gubernatorial seat held by Democrat John Kitzhaber +6
Pennsylvania Elections Pennsylvania Pennsylvania gubernatorial seat held by Republican Tom Corbett -10
Rhode Island Elections Rhode Island Rhode Island gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Lincoln Chafee +5
South Carolina Elections South Carolina South Carolina gubernatorial seat held by Republican Nikki Haley +17
South Dakota Elections South Dakota South Dakota gubernatorial seat held by Republican Dennis Daugaard +26
Tennessee Elections Tennessee Tennessee gubernatorial seat held by Republican Bill Haslam +28
Texas Elections Texas Texas gubernatorial seat held by Republican Rick Perry +20
Vermont Elections Vermont Vermont gubernatorial seat held by Democrat Peter Shumlin +12
Wisconsin Elections Wisconsin Wisconsin gubernatorial seat held by Republican Scott Walker +1
Wyoming Elections Wyoming Wyoming gubernatorial seat held by Republican Matt Mead +25



The Governor's Chronicle: 2014 Edition


The position of Governor in the United States dates back from the pre-independence period, when the British crown appointed Royal Governors to oversee and manage its interest in the colonies. Aided by a Privy Council, the office of the Royal Governor is viewed as possessing direct royal authority, backed by the might of the British Navy. The office grew gradually in strength and importance, and its authority expanded from trade and customs regulations to judicial matters and the enforcement of royal policies. By the early 18th century, provincial assemblies were created to further strengthen the executive authority of the Royal Governors, which by the middle of the century, had grown to eight. These assemblies also provided a measure of control against any possible abuses of power by the Royal Governors.

After independence, the office of Governor was established by the original 13 states to act as the chief executive of the local government. While there were several federal appointments during the early days of independence, the responsibility was soon taken over by state legislatures. Towards the middle of the 19th century, the elections of governors were decided by the citizenry, a practice that continues today. However, the individual states’ requirement and political evolution have rendered the process, criterion and scope of authority of the governors considerably varied.

Today, each of the 50 states elects a governor to lead the local government. While the role of governors is largely ceremonial, they are also seen as a symbol of the sovereignty of the states within the construct of the federal union.

These governors generally serve a four-year term, with the exception of New Hampshire and Vermont, where the term is only two years. However, in 13 American states, a governor may serve for an unlimited number of terms. Other states allow between one to four terms, although some have limitations on consecutive terms.

Gubernatorial elections are governed by the constitution of the individual states. In 2014, the citizens of 36 states will be going to the voting booth to elect their governors.


2014 Gubernatorial Election Map

Democratic held gubernatorial seat seat up for election (14)
Republican held gubernatorial seat up for election (22)
Independent held gubernatorial seat up for election (0)
Gubernatorial seat is not up for election in 2014 (14)


 


United States Gubernatorial Balance of Power


  Democratic Party Republican Party Independents
Current Gubernatorial Composition 21 29 0
       
 Contested 2014 Gubernatorial seats 14 22
 Incumbents retiring or term-limited 4 3  
 Incumbents running 101 19  
       
  Uncontested Senate races   1  
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 16 points or more 3 11
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 11 to 15 points 2 2
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 6 to 10 points 3 2
Safe Senate Races Retaining seat by 5 points or less 4 4
Even Senate races Gubernatorial race even in the polls 1 1
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 5 points or less 1 1
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 6 to 10 points 1
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 11 to 15 points
Safe Senate Races Losing seat by 16 points or more
       
Total Net Gain / Loss 1 -1
       
Potential New Gubernatorial Composition2 21 27 0
Note: Two Gubernatorial Races are dead even in the polls Democratic Party Republican Party Independents
       
 
1 Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii was defeated in the democratic primary.
2 Totals are based on the latest Senate race poll in each state. Polls do not necessarily reflect true opinions, largely due to sampling errors and bias in the selection of likely voters.