Thirty US states elected governors on Tuesday, and despite forecasts, several races are surprisingly close. Democrats are particularly focused on maintaining control over Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. All three presidential battlefield states have Republican-majority state chambers, and their Republican gubernatorial hopes have repeated Trump’s 2020 election lies. Here’s a look at the gubernatorial race, state by state.
Republican’s Ivy hoped for an easy victory against Democrat Yolanda Flowers, the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination in this state. While interesting for historical reasons, Flowers’ candidacy poses no threat to Republican control of this largely white, conservative state.
Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy wants to be the first person to be elected twice in a row since 1998. He faces former governor Bill Walker, an independent and Democratic former state legislator Les Gara. The main discussion is about oil fund dividend which is paid annually to every resident of the state.
The appeal of Donald Trump’s movement will be tested in battlefield Arizona, where allies of the former president have taken over the Republican Party. Republican Kari Lake, a former TV host, has said he would not have certified the results of the 2020 election. She is a rising star on the right and her future is already being discussed on the national stage. She faces Democrat Katie Hobbs, who stood to defend the integrity of Biden’s victory in Arizona, where she had the smallest margin of victory of any state she won.
Sarah Sanders is preparing to make the leap from Trump spokeswoman to governor of Arkansas, a position previously held by her father. The former White House press secretary, Baptist minister and nuclear engineer is the favorite in the race against Democrat Chris Jones.
Polls give Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom a broad lead for a second term in the most populous state in the union. His opponent is state Senator Brian Dahle, a little-known Republican. There was an attempt to impeach Newsom last year, but more than 60% voted in his favor and that result shook well-known Republicans.
Republican Governor Henry McMaster is seeking a final term in his 40-year political career. Her rival is Democrat Joe Cunningham, who highlights the 35-year age gap between the two and may be the only one to block new restrictions on abortion.
In a replay of the race four years ago, Democratic Governor Ned Lamont hoped to defeat Republican businessman Bob Stefanowski after a bitter campaign centered on abortion, crime and the cost of living. Lamont paints a positive picture of a state recovering financially and attracting new residents and businesses.
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Republican Gov. Christie Noem is hoping for a massive victory over Democratic lawmaker Jamie Smith, as there are rumors she will run for a higher job in two years.
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis presented voters with a clear choice: between his culture war politics and the liberals’ call for Democratic challenger Charlie Crist. A resounding victory over Crist, a former Republican governor who switched parties, would confirm him as a rising star with presidential aspirations.
Republican Governor Brian Kemp is facing Democrat Stacey Abrams in a repeat of the last election. Kemp has faced attacks from Donald Trump for which he has had to support the party. Abrams will be the first black woman to become governor.
Two politicians who have been lieutenant governors are now vying for governor of Hawaii, where the high cost of housing has been one of the main campaign issues. The current lieutenant governor, Democrat Josh Allen, is facing Republican Duke Alona, who held the position from 2002 to 2010. Both have emphasized the high cost of housing, which averages $900,000, the highest in the country. Hawaii has had only two Republican governors since it became a state in 1959.
Republican Governor Brad Little has based his re-election campaign on ignoring his opponents and attacking Democratic President Biden. Also it has got good results. He is widely considered the winner against Democrat Stephen Heidt and several independents.
Democratic Governor JB Pritzker and his Republican rival Darren Bailey accused each other of being extremists on issues such as abortion and gun rights.
Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has a broad lead over Democrat Deidre Dzier, who, if elected, would be the first black woman to become governor.
Democrat Laura Kelly hopes to win a second term in this Republican-leaning state, depending on how many moderate Republicans and independent voters stick with her after winning four years ago. Republican Derek Schmidt, his opponent, showed him to be very close to Biden and blamed high inflation on both.
Voters in Maine decide between Democratic Governor Janet Mill, who positions herself as orgasmic and bipartisan, and former Republican Governor Paul LePage, who called his actions a “rule of terror” during the pandemic. Polls predict a close race.
Democrats Wes Moore and Anthony Browne want to go down in history as the first black governor and first black attorney general in Maryland history, respectively. Moore faces Dan Cox, who has the backing of Donald Trump. The current governor, Republican Larry Hogan, cannot run for re-election.
They are facing Democrat Maura Healy, who would be the first woman to become governor and the first openly gay man, and Republican Geoff Diehl, backed by Donald Trump.
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer hopes to win a second term, facing Republican Tudor Dixon, a political novice, in this crucial state for both parties’ national aspirations. Whitmer has focused her campaign on women’s “fundamental rights,” which she says are under threat since the Supreme Court struck down abortion rights. Dixon, backed by Trump, opposes abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger.
Democrat Tim Walz is running for a second term. His opponent is Republican Scott Jensen, a doctor made famous by his skepticism about vaccines who wants to end 12 years of Democratic rule in the state. In addition to the pandemic, Walz also faced sometimes violent mobilization due to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Republican Jim Pilen comes in as the vote favorite against State Sen. Carol Blood as Nebraska has not elected a Democratic governor since 1994.
Republican Governor Chris Sununu is facing Democratic State Senator Tom Sherman to win his fourth term. Sherman, a doctor, has focused her campaign on abortion rights and the limits Sununu has placed on her.
Democrat Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York after her predecessor Andrew Cuomo resigned amid a scandal, now aspires to become the first woman elected to the position, but her chances are reduced in the final stages of the campaign. , when candidate Republican Lee Zeldin managed to respond to suburban fears amid a series of violent incidents.
Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is basing her election campaign on promises to prevent abortion and maintain social spending. His Republican opponent, Mark Ronchetti, based him on the economy and new ways of crime. In a state with a large Hispanic and Native population, the conqueror will reap unexpected gains from the oil industry, but will face inflation, border asylum seekers and a record wave of killings in Albuquerque.
Republican Governor Mike DeWine is running for a second term against Democrat Nan Whaley. Whaley criticized the governor—who refused to argue with him—for refusing to pass gun laws and anti-abortion positions following the 2019 Dayton massacre.
In this Republican stronghold state, Governor Kevin Stitt, a wealthy businessman whose first term has been rocked by conflicts with tribal nations and members of his own party, is facing an unexpectedly strong relic from Democrat Joy Hoffmeister. A school superintendent who switched parties to take on Stitt, Hofmeister, attacked the governor for his plan to divert funding from public education to private schools.
The election in Oregon, where Democratic victories are usually taken lightly, has turned into a close contest with Republican aspirations buoyed by the emergence of a third candidate. The three women are facing each other, Democrat Tina Kotek, former speaker of the state’s lower house; Republican Christine Dizan, a former House Minority Leader; and Betsy Johnson, a former lawmaker who resigned from the Democratic Party to run as an independent. Facing a draw in the polls, Biden went to Portland to encourage the campaign.
Voters will choose between Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano, with abortion rights at stake, as well as the often battleground presidential election to tackle. Polls put Shapiro ahead of Maastriano, who wooed moderate voters by marching to Capitol Hill to watch police attack Trump protesters on January 6, 2021.
Rhode Island voters will decide whether to give Democratic Governor Dan Mackie his first full term or wish to change direction, as contender Ashley Callas says.
Republican Governor Bill Lee, skipping a primary and taking a major lead in campaign funding, ignored his Democratic rival Jason Martin in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat in more than 10 years. The businessman and farmer Lee has shed light on the economic development in the state. The doctor, Martin, has insisted 28,000 deaths from COVID-19 and the government have paid little attention to the pandemic.
Republican Greg Abbott is seeking a third term, while Democrat Beto O’Rourke is targeting a troubled victory in the nation’s biggest Republican stronghold in one of the costliest campaigns of this midterm election. More than 50 lakh early votes were recorded in a state where fury over the massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde only heated things up. Abbott is a major force in Texas, which has not elected a Democratic governor since 1994.
Voters in Vermont, a Republican stronghold, must decide whether to serve Gov. Phil Scott, his fourth two-year term. She faces Democrat Brenda Siegel and three independents. Although a Republican, Scott has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump and voted for Joe Biden in 2020.
Democrat Tony Evers has based his campaign for re-election on his support for abortion rights and on Republicans in the state for being the only brake that will undoubtedly be crucial in the 2024 presidential election. He faces Tim Michaels, who has the backing of Donald Trump and has promised big tax cuts.
After a first term beset by a double crisis – COVID-19 and plunging oil prices that hit the state economy hard – the Republican governor asked voters to give him four more years. He is up against Democrat Theresa Livingston, a veteran of the Air Force.