2019 United States gubernatorial elections

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2019 United States gubernatorial elections

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Map of the 2019 gubernatorial races
Light blue: Democratic incumbent eligible for re-election
Light red: Republican incumbent eligible for re-election
Dark red: term-limited or retiring Republican
Gray: No election

United States gubernatorial elections will be held on November 5, 2019 in three states. Depending on state law, special elections may also take place if other gubernatorial seats are vacated. These elections form part of the 2019 United States elections. The last regular gubernatorial elections for all three states were in 2015.

Race summary[edit]

State Incumbent Results
State Governor Party First
Status Candidates
Kentucky Matt Bevin Republican 2015 Renominated Andy Beshear (D)
Matt Bevin (R)
Louisiana John Bel Edwards Democratic 2015 Running Ralph Abraham (R)
John Bel Edwards (D)
Eddie Rispone (R)
Mississippi Phil Bryant Republican 2011 Term-limited Michael Brown (D)
William Bond Compton Jr. (D)
Robert Foster (R)
Jim Hood (D)
Robert J. Ray (D)
Tate Reeves (R)
Robert Shuler Smith (D)
William L. Waller Jr. (R)
Gregory Wash (D)
Velesha Williams (D)
Albert Wilson (D)

Election predictions[edit]

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 CPVI Incumbent[1] Last

April 19,


April 19,


Dec 6,

Kentucky R+15 Matt Bevin 52.5% R Tossup Tossup Lean R
Louisiana R+11 John Bel Edwards 56.1% D Lean D Tossup Lean D
Mississippi R+9 Phil Bryant (term-limited) 66.6% R Likely R Lean R Lean R

Republican incumbent eligible for re-election[edit]


One-term Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, was eligible for re-election in 2019 and was renominated for a second term. State Representative Robert Goforth and fellow Republicans Ike Lawrence and William Woods unsuccessfully challenged Bevin in the GOP primary. Attorney General Andy Beshear, House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, former state auditor Adam Edelen and fellow Democrat Geoff Young ran for the Democratic nomination, and Andy Beshear won that nomination. [5]

Retiring and term-limited Republican incumbent[edit]


Two-term Governor Phil Bryant, a Republican, is term-limited in 2019 and therefore ineligible to seek re-election. Republican candidates include Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves; Democratic candidates include Attorney General Jim Hood.[6]

Democratic incumbent eligible for re-election[edit]


Incumbent Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards is running for a second term in 2019. The Republican candidates are U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, of the 5th congressional district, and businessman Eddie Rispone.


  1. ^ Parentheses around an incumbent's name indicates that the incumbent is retiring, possibly due to term limits.
  2. ^ "2020 Governor Race ratings". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  3. ^ "Gubernatorial Ratings | Inside Elections". insideelections.com. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  4. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2020 Governor". crystalball.centerforpolitics.org. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ Gerth, Joseph (15 April 2016). "Edelen slams Bevin; GOP lawmaker fires back". Courier Journal. USA Today. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Hood, Reeves could headline 2019 governor's race". Mississippi Business. Retrieved 20 August 2016..

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