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2020 United States gubernatorial elections

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2020 United States gubernatorial elections

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11 states; 2 territories
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United States gubernatorial elections will be held on November 3, 2020, in 11 states and two territories. In addition, special elections may take place (depending on state law) if other gubernatorial seats are vacated. The last regular gubernatorial elections for nine of the eleven states took place in 2016. The last gubernatorial elections for New Hampshire and Vermont took place in 2018, as the governors of both states serve two-year terms. All state governors will be eligible for reelection[1] except for Steve Bullock of Montana, although other governors may choose to retire. The 2020 gubernatorial elections will take place concurrently with several other federal, state, and local elections, including the presidential election.

Race summary


State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Delaware John Carney Democratic 2016 Eligible David Lamar Williams, Jr. (D)[2]
Indiana Eric Holcomb Republican 2016 Running Eric Holcomb (R) (incumbent)[3]
Woody Myers (D)[3]
Missouri Mike Parson Republican 2018[a] Running Jerome Bauer (G)[4]
Rik Combs (L)[4]
Nicole Galloway (D)[4]
Eric Morrison (D)[4]
Jim Neely (R)[4]
Mike Parson (R) (incumbent)[4]
Raleigh Ritter (R)[4]
Montana Steve Bullock Democratic 2012 Term-limited
Running for U.S. Senate
Robert Barb (G)[5]
Lyman Bishop (L)[5]
Mike Cooney (D)[5]
Tim Fox (R)[5]
Greg Gianforte (R)[5]
Albert Olszewski (R)[5]
Whitney Williams (D)[5]
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 Running Dan Feltes (D)[6]
Rich Paul (R)[7]
Chris Sununu (R) (incumbent)[8]
Andru Volinsky (D)[9]
North Carolina Roy Cooper Democratic 2016 Renominated Roy Cooper (D) (incumbent)[10]
Steven J. DiFiore (L)[10]
Dan Forest (R)[10]
Al Pisano (C)[10]
North Dakota Doug Burgum Republican 2016 Running Doug Burgum (R) (incumbent)[11]
Michael Coachman (R)[11]
DuWayne Hendrickson (L)[11]
Shelley Lenz (D)[11]
Utah Gary Herbert Republican 2009[b] Retiring Jeff Burningham (R)[12]
Spencer Cox (R)[12]
Jan Garbett (R)[12]
Greg Hughes (R)[12]
Jon Huntsman Jr. (R)[12]
Zachary Moses (D)[12]
Christopher Peterson (D)[12]
Nikki Pino (D)[12]
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 Running Rebecca Holcombe (D)[13]
John Klar (R)[14]
Phil Scott (R) (incumbent)[15]
David Zuckerman (P/D)[16]
Washington Jay Inslee Democratic 2012 Running Loren Culp (R)[17]
Tim Eyman (R)[18]
Phil Fortunato (R)[19]
Joshua Freed (R)[20]
Jay Inslee (D) (incumbent)[21]
Anton Sakharov (R)[22]
West Virginia Jim Justice Republican 2016 Running Shelby Jean Fitzhugh (R)[23]
Michael Folk (R)[23]
Douglas Hughes (D)[23]
Jim Justice (R) (incumbent)[23]
Jody Murphy (D)[23]
Ben Salango (D)[23]
Doug Six (R)[23]
Charles R. Sheedy, Sr. (R)[23]
Stephen Smith (D)[23]
Ron Stollings (D)[23]
Woody Thrasher (R)[23]


State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent Status Candidates
American Samoa Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga Nonpartisan/Democratic[c] 2012 Term-limited Fatumalala L.A. Al-Shehri (NP)[24]
I'aulualo Fa'afetai Talia (NP)[25]
Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua (NP)[26]
Puerto Rico Wanda Vázquez Garced PNP/Republican[27] 2019[d] Running Eduardo Bhatia (PPD/D)[28]
Carmen Yulín Cruz (PPD/D)[28]
Juan Dalmau (PIP)[28]
Carlos Delgado Altieri (PPD)[28]
Alexandra Lúgaro (MVC)[28]
Pedro Pierluisi (PNP/D)[28]
Wanda Vázquez Garced (PNP/R)[28] (incumbent)

Election predictions

Montana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina are seen as the competitive races in this cycle. Montana's popular Democratic governor, Steve Bullock, is term-limited, but his lieutenant governor is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, making the race competitive in a state Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016. New Hampshire is a Democratic leaning state with a Republican governor, Chris Sununu, and seeing as Democrats made major gains in the state in 2018, Sununu faces a tough reelection, despite being relatively popular. North Carolina is a Republican-leaning state with a Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, meaning that Cooper faces a tough reelection as well. Vermont is the only other race that could become competitive, however, Republican incumbent Phill Scott is ranked one of the most popular governors in the United States and there are no formidable Democratic challengers. The gubernatorial races in Delaware and Washington are seen as safe for Democrats, while Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia are seen as safe for Republicans.

Several sites and individuals publish predictions of competitive seats. These predictions look at factors such as the strength of the incumbent (if the incumbent is running for re-election), the strength of the candidates, and the partisan leanings of the state (reflected in part by the state's Cook Partisan Voting Index rating). The predictions assign ratings to each seat, with the rating indicating the predicted advantage that a party has in winning that seat. Most election predictors use "tossup" to indicate that neither party has an advantage, "lean" to indicate that one party has a slight advantage, "likely" or "favored" to indicate that one party has a significant but not insurmountable advantage, and "safe" or "solid" to indicate that one party has a near-certain chance of victory. Some predictions also include a "tilt" rating that indicates that one party has an advantage that is not quite as strong as the "lean" rating would indicate.

State PVI[29] Incumbent[30] Last

April 3,


November 26,


January 16,

November 19,
Delaware D+6 John Carney 58.3% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D
Indiana R+9 Eric Holcomb 51.4% R Safe R Likely R Safe R Likely R
Missouri R+9 Mike Parson 51.4% R Likely R Safe R Likely R Lean R
Montana R+11 Steve Bullock
50.2% D Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean R
New Hampshire EVEN Chris Sununu 52.8% R Likely R Lean R Lean R Lean R
North Carolina R+3 Roy Cooper 49.0% D Lean D Tilt D Lean D Tossup
North Dakota R+16 Doug Burgum 76.5% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R
Utah R+20 Gary Herbert
66.9% R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R
Vermont D+15 Phil Scott 55.2% R Likely R Likely R Lean R Tossup
Washington D+7 Jay Inslee 54.4% D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D
West Virginia R+19 Jim Justice 49.1% D[e] Safe R Safe R Likely R Lean R

Election dates

These are the election dates for the regularly scheduled general elections.

State Filing deadline[36] Primary election[36] Primary run-off (if necessary)[36] General election Poll closing (Eastern Time)[37]
Delaware July 14, 2020 September 15, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 8:00pm
Indiana February 7, 2020 June 2, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 6:00pm
Missouri March 31, 2020 August 4, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 8:00pm
Montana March 9, 2020 June 2, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 10:00pm
New Hampshire June 12, 2020 September 8, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 8:00pm
North Carolina December 20, 2019 March 3, 2020 May 12, 2020 November 3, 2020 7:30pm
North Dakota April 6, 2020 June 9, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 10:00pm
Utah March 19, 2020 June 23, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 10:00pm
Vermont May 28, 2020 August 11, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 7:00pm
Washington May 15, 2020 August 4, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 11:00pm
West Virginia January 25, 2020 June 9, 2020 N/A November 3, 2020 7:30pm

Gubernatorial races

American Samoa

Two-term incumbent governor Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga is term-limited in 2020. Announced candidates include territorial senator Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua, executive director of the American Samoa Government Employees’ Retirement Fund I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia, and Fatumalala L.A. Al-Shehri.[38]


One-term Democratic incumbent governor John Carney is eligible for reelection. The only candidate declared in the Democratic primary is community activist David Williams. No Republican has announced a run for governor yet.


One-term incumbent governor Eric Holcomb is running for re-election in 2020. Candidates running for the Democratic nomination include state senator Eddie Melton and business executive Woody Myers.


One-term incumbent governor Mike Parson, who took office upon Eric Greitens' resignation, is running for election to a full term in 2020. State auditor Nicole Galloway is running for the Democratic nomination.[39]


Two-term incumbent governor Steve Bullock is term-limited in 2020, making him the only incumbent governor in the United States (not counting U.S. territories) who is term-limited in that election year. While Democratic lieutenant governor Mike Cooney is the current frontrunner in the Democratic primary, businesswoman and daughter of former U.S. Representative Pat Williams, Whitney Williams is challenging him in the primary.[40][41] Republican candidates include Attorney General Tim Fox, state senator Albert Olszewski, and Montana at-large representative Greg Gianforte.[42][43][44]

New Hampshire

In December 2019, two-term incumbent governor Chris Sununu announced that he would run for a third term in 2020, ending speculation he would choose to run for the U.S. Senate instead.[45] New Hampshire Senate majority leader Dan Feltes and Executive Council of New Hampshire member Andru Volinsky are seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Sununu.[46]

North Carolina

One-term incumbent governor Roy Cooper is running for re-election in 2020.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is the Republican nominee for the election.[47]

North Dakota

One-term incumbent governor Doug Burgum is running for re-election in 2020.

Puerto Rico

Incumbent governor Wanda Vázquez Garced of the New Progressive Party and the Republican Party, who became governor after Pedro Pierluisi's succession of Ricardo Rosselló was declared unconstitutional,[48] is running in 2020 for a full term. Pierluisi is challenging her in the New Progressive Party primary. Candidates vying for the Popular Democratic Party nomination include former Puerto Rican Senate president Eduardo Bhatia, San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and Isabela mayor Carlos Delgado Altieri. Senator Juan Dalmau of the Puerto Rican Independence Party and Alexandra Lúgaro of the Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana party are also on the ballot.[28]


Two and a half-term incumbent governor Gary Herbert is eligible for re-election in 2020, as Utah does not have gubernatorial term limits. However, he announced shortly after being re-elected in 2016 that he will not run for a third full term. He has since stated that he would "never say never" to running for reelection.[49] Josh Romney (son of Senator Mitt Romney) has expressed interest in running.[50]


Two-term incumbent governor Phil Scott has confirmed he is seeking a third term in 2020, however, he has not publicly announced his campaign.[15] On the Democratic side, Lt Governor David Zuckerman is running.[51]


Two-term incumbent governor Jay Inslee is eligible to run for re-election in 2020, as Washington does not have gubernatorial term limits. Inslee is running for re-election to a third term after dropping out of the presidential race on August 21, 2019. [52][53]

West Virginia

One-term incumbent governor Jim Justice is running for re-election in 2020. Justice was elected as a Democrat, but later switched to the Republican Party.[54]

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, retired Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton,[54] and Secretary of State Mac Warner were mentioned as potential general election challengers, prior to Justice's decision to re-join the Republican Party.

See also


  1. ^ Mike Parson took office in 2018 after his predecessor (Eric Greitens) resigned.
  2. ^ Gary Herbert took office in 2009 after his predecessor (Jon Huntsman Jr.) resigned.
  3. ^ The governor of American Samoa is elected on a non-partisan basis, although individuals do affiliate with national parties, in Lolo's case with the Democratic Party
  4. ^ Vázquez took office in 2019 following the resignation of her predecessor Ricardo Rosselló and the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico's ruling that Pedro Pierluisi had been improperly named Rosselló's successor.
  5. ^ Governor Jim Justice was orginially elected as a Democrat before switching back to a Republican in 2017. Justice is currently running for reelection as a Republican.[35]


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