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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Leader Greg Abbott Phil Murphy
Party Republican Democratic
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  Democratic incumbent eligible for re-election
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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 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[edit]


State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent status Candidates
Delaware John Carney Democratic 2016 Eligible
Indiana Eric Holcomb Republican 2016 Running Eric Holcomb (R)[1]
Bill Levin (L)[2]
Eddie Melton (D)[3]
Woody Myers (D)[4]
Missouri Mike Parson Republican 2018[a] Eligible La'Ondrill Brown (D)[5]
Nicole Galloway (D)[6]
Montana Steve Bullock Democratic 2012 Term-limited
Running for president
Mike Cooney (D)[7]
Tim Fox (R)[8]
Greg Gianforte (R)[9]
Reilly Neill (D)[10]
Albert Olszewski (R)[11]
Gary Perry (R)[12]
Casey Schreiner (D)[13]
Ron Vandevender (L)[14]
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 Running Chris Sununu (R)[15]
Andru Volinsky (D)[16]
North Carolina Roy Cooper Democratic 2016 Eligible Dan Forest (R)[17]
Holly Grange (R)[18]
North Dakota Doug Burgum Republican 2016 Eligible
Utah Gary Herbert Republican 2010 Retiring Jeff Burningham (R)[19]
Spencer Cox (R)[20]
Zachary Moses (D)[21]
Mark A. Smith (I)
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 Eligible Rebecca Holcombe (D)[22]
Washington Jay Inslee Democratic 2012 Running Loren Culp (R)[23]
Phil Fortunato (R)[24]
Jay Inslee (D)[25]
Anton Sakharov (R)[26]
West Virginia Jim Justice Republican 2016 Running Quintin Gerard Caldwell (I)[27]
Michael Folk (R)[28]
Rebecca Mareta Henderson (R)[29]
Jim Justice (R)[30]
Erika Kolenich (L)[29]
Jody Murphy (D)[29]
David Sartin (I)[31]
Charles R. Sheedy Sr. (R)[29]
Stephen Smith (D)[32]
Woody Thrasher (R)[33]
Larry Trent (C)[29]
Edwin Ray Vanover (D)[29]


State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent Status Candidates
American Samoa Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga Democratic 2012 Term-limited
Puerto Rico Wanda Vázquez Garced PNP/Democratic 2016[b] Eligible Carmen Yulín Cruz (PPD/Democratic)[34]

Pre-election race ratings[edit]

Each election, several pundits and news outlets establish ratings, and score races based on certain criteria.

State PVI[35] Incumbent[36] Last

Apr 19,


July 19,


Aug 22,

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

Gubernatorial races[edit]

American Samoa[edit]

Two-term incumbent governor Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga, a Democrat, is term-limited in 2020.


One-term incumbent governor John Carney is eligible for re-election in 2020. Former state treasurer Ken Simpler is a potential Republican candidate.[41]


One-term incumbent governor Eric Holcomb is eligible for re-election in 2020.


One-term incumbent governor Mike Parson, who took office upon Eric Greitens' resignation, is eligible for election to a full term in 2020. State Auditor Nicole Galloway is running for the Democratic nomination.[42]


Two-term incumbent governor Steve Bullock is term-limited in 2020. Former Democratic governor Brian Schweitzer may run again.[43] Democratic lieutenant governor Mike Cooney is also considered a potential candidate.[44] Republican candidates include Attorney General Tim Fox, state senator Albert Olszewski, former state senator Gary Perry, and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.[45][46][47]

North Carolina[edit]

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

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is a potential Republican candidate.[48]

North Dakota[edit]

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

New Hampshire[edit]

Two-term incumbent governor Chris Sununu is eligible for re-election in 2020.

Puerto Rico[edit]

Incumbent governor Wanda Vázquez Garced of the New Progressive Party and the Democratic Party, who became governor after Pedro Pierluisi's succession of Ricardo Rosselló was declared unconstitutional,[49] is eligible to run in 2020. San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of the Popular Democratic Party and the Democratic Party has announced plans to run.[50]


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.[51] Josh Romney (son of Senator Mitt Romney) has expressed interest in running.[52]


Two-term incumbent governor Phil Scott is eligible for re-election in 2020. Vermont attorney general T.J. Donovan and Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman have expressed interest in running, but are reportedly reluctant to do so if the other were to run.[53]


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. [54][55]

West Virginia[edit]

One-term incumbent governor Jim Justice is eligible for re-election in 2020. Justice was elected as a Democrat, but later switched to the Republican Party.[56]

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, retired Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton,[56] 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[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Parson took office in 2018 after his predecessor (Eric Greitens) resigned.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Governor Jim Justice switched parties in 2017 and will run in 2020 as a Republican.[40]


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