2015 United States gubernatorial elections
Results of the November 2015 elections:
Democratic gain Republican gain
Democratic hold Republican hold
United States gubernatorial elections were held in three states in 2015 as part of the 2015 United States elections. In Kentucky and Mississippi the elections were held on Tuesday, November 3, and in Louisiana, as no candidate received a majority of votes at the primary election on Saturday, October 24, 2015, a runoff election was held on Saturday, November 21. The last regular gubernatorial elections for all three states were in 2011. Democrats won the open seat of term-limited Republican Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, while Republicans reelected incumbent Phil Bryant in Mississippi and picked up the seat of term-limited Democrat Steve Beshear in Kentucky.
|State||Incumbent||Party||First elected||Incumbent status||Candidates|
|Kentucky||Steve Beshear||Democratic||2007||Incumbent term-limited.
|√ Matt Bevin (R) 53% |
Jack Conway (D) 44%
Drew Curtis (I) 4%
|Louisiana||Bobby Jindal||Republican||2007||Incumbent term-limited.
|√ John Bel Edwards (D) 56%|
David Vitter (R) 44%
|Mississippi||Phil Bryant||Republican||2011||Re-elected||√ Phil Bryant (R) 67% |
Robert Gray (D) 32%
|Kentucky||R+13||Steve Beshear (D)
|55.6%||Tossup||Tossup||Tilt D||Lean D||Tilt D||Matt Bevin (R)|
|Louisiana||R+12||Bobby Jindal (R)
|65.8%||Lean D||Tossup||Tossup||Lean D||Tilt D||John Bel Edwards (D)|
|Mississippi||R+9||Phil Bryant (R)||61.0%||Safe R||Safe R||Safe R||Safe R||Safe R||Phil Bryant (R)|
Term-limited Democratic incumbent
Steve Beshear (Kentucky)
Two-term incumbent Democrat Governor Steve Beshear, was unable to run for a third term in 2015 due to term limits established under the Kentucky Constitution. To succeed Beshear, Democrats nominated Attorney General of Kentucky Jack Conway. Conway's running mate was State Representative Sannie Overly. For the Republicans, businessman and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014 Matt Bevin ran on a ticket with Tea Party activist and 2014 State House candidate Jenean Hampton. Bevin narrowly defeated Agriculture Commissioner James Comer to win the Republican nomination. Drew Curtis, the founder of Fark.com, ran as an independent, polling well enough to appear in the Bluegrass Poll gubernatorial debate. Bevin ultimately defeated Conway, winning 53% of the vote to Conway's 44%.
Term-limited Republican incumbent
Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)
Two-term incumbent Republican Governor Bobby Jindal was term-limited in 2015 and thus unable to seek reelection. Under Louisiana's jungle primary system, all candidates, regardless of party, appear on the same ballot. Since no candidate received 50% plus one vote during the primary election, a runoff election was held on November 21, 2015 between Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards, the top two candidates in the primary. Edwards won the runoff election with 56.1% of the vote, while Vitter received 43.9%, becoming the first Democrat to win a statewide election in Louisiana since 2008.
Three Republicans ran for the office: Public Service Commissioner and former Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Scott Angelle, incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and U.S. Senator David Vitter. Potential Republican candidates included former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and former U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander, Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, State Senator Gerald Long and former governor, former U.S. Representative and candidate for president in 2012 Buddy Roemer.
The blanket primary election was held on October 24, 2015. Edwards finished first with 40% of the vote, while Vitter finished second with 23%. As no candidate won a majority of the vote, a runoff election between Edwards and Vitter was held on November 21, 2015.
Republican incumbent re-elected
Phil Bryant (Mississippi)
One-term incumbent Republican Governor Phil Bryant nominated for a second and final term. He had won a resounding victory over his Democratic opponent four years earlier, carrying 61% of the vote. Truck driver Robert Gray was nominated by the Democrats to oppose Bryant in the general election. Bryant won the election in a landslide, winning 67% of the vote to Gray's 32%.
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