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2020 United States gubernatorial elections

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2020 United States gubernatorial elections

← 2019 November 3, 2020 2021 →

13 governorships
11 states; 2 territories
  Majority party Minority party
  Greg Abbott 2015.jpg Phil Murphy for Governor (cropped 2).jpg
Leader Greg Abbott Phil Murphy
Party Republican Democratic Party (United States)
Leader's seat Texas New Jersey
Seats before 26 24
Seats won 27 23
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1

Template:2020 United States gubernatorial elections imagemap
  Democratic hold
  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Non-partisan hold
  Race not called
  No election

The 2020 United States gubernatorial elections were 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 previous gubernatorial elections for this group of states took place in 2016, except in New Hampshire and Vermont where governors only serve two-year terms and elected their current governors in 2018. Nine state governors ran for reelection,[lower-alpha 1] while Democrat Steve Bullock of Montana could not run again due to term limits and Republican Gary Herbert of Utah was retiring.[1]

In addition to state gubernatorial elections, the territories of American Samoa and Puerto Rico are also holding elections for their governors. Puerto Rican governor Wanda Vázquez Garced lost the New Progressive primary to Pedro Pierluisi,[2] while Lolo Matalasi Moliga of American Samoa cannot run again due to term limits.[3]

The 2020 gubernatorial elections will take place concurrently with the presidential election, elections to the House of Representatives and Senate, and numerous state and local elections.

Predictions[edit source | edit]

Montana is considered the most competitive race in this cycle and is rated a tossup by four of six major pundits. Incumbent Democratic governor Steve Bullock is term-limited, but his lieutenant governor, Mike Cooney, a longtime political figure in the state since 1977, is the Democratic nominee. The Republican nominee is Montana at-large congressman Greg Gianforte, who is a controversial figure because he was arrested for body-slamming a reporter the day of a 2017 special election. Gianforte also isn't from Montana.[4] The Bullock administration has an approval rating of 52% and a disapproval of 31%, according to a poll by the Morning Consult, meaning Cooney's election chances may be high in the otherwise solidly Republican state.[5] North Carolina is the next most competitive race, as it is a Republican-leaning swing state with a Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, meaning that Cooper faces a tough reelection. Cooper won his 2016 election by a mere 10,277 votes, or 0.22%.[6] However, most forecasters give the race a Democratic lean as Cooper has an approval rating of 59%.[7] Cooper has also lead most polls against his Republican challenger, Dan Forest, by an average of a 17-point lead, according to RealClearPolitics.[8]

Vermont and New Hampshire are both races that could have become competitive seeing as they are Democratic states with Republican governors in a presidential year. However, Republican incumbents Phil Scott of Vermont and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire are ranked among the most popular governors in the United States, and both races are rated likely to safe Republican. Both are viewed as centrists who attract Democratic and independent voters. Scott's challenger is David Zuckerman, the state's lieutenant governor, who is running on both the Democratic and Progressive nominations. Zuckerman has been endorsed by Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Sununu is running against New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes.

In Missouri, Republican incumbent Mike Parson assumed office after the resignation of Eric Greitens due to sexual harassment and violations of campaign finance laws,[9] and his lack of name recognition and unpopularity could make his race against state auditor Nicole Galloway, Missouri's only Democratic statewide office holder, competitive, though most forecasters still rate the race as lean Republican due to Missouri's heavy Republican lean. West Virginia’s gubernatorial race was seen as safe for Republicans because the state heavily leans Republican, but forecasts rate it as likely Republican due to corruption allegations against incumbent Jim Justice[10][11][12] that have led to rising unpopularity. Justice will face centrist Democrat Ben Salango, who has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and multiple local unions.[13]

The gubernatorial races for John Carney in Delaware and Jay Inslee in Washington are seen as safe for Democrats, while the races for Eric Holcomb in Indiana, Doug Burgum in North Dakota, and Spencer Cox in Utah 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": no advantage
  • "tilt" (used by some predictors): advantage that is not quite as strong as "lean"
  • "lean": slight advantage
  • "likely": significant, but surmountable, advantage
  • "safe": near-certain chance of victory
State PVI[14] Incumbent[15] Last
race
Cook
October 23,
2020
[16]
IE
October 28,
2020
[17]
Sabato
November 2,
2020
[18]
Politico
November 2,
2020
[19]
Daily Kos
October 28,
2020
[20]
RCP
July 29,
2020
[21]
270towin
October 23,
2020
[22]
Delaware D+6 John Carney 58.34% D Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
Indiana R+9 Eric Holcomb 51.38% R Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
Missouri R+9 Mike Parson 51.14% R Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
Montana R+11 Steve Bullock
(term-limited)
50.25% D Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
New Hampshire D+1 Chris Sununu 48.84% R Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
North Carolina R+3 Roy Cooper 49.02% D Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
North Dakota R+16 Doug Burgum 76.52% R Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
Utah R+20 Gary Herbert
(retiring)
66.74% R Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
Vermont D+15 Phil Scott 52.91% R Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
Washington D+7 Jay Inslee 54.39% D Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating
West Virginia R+19 Jim Justice 49.09% D[lower-alpha 2] Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating Template:USRaceRating

Election summary[edit source | edit]

States[edit source | edit]

State Incumbent Results
State Governor Party First
elected
Status Candidates
Delaware John Carney Democratic 2016 Incumbent reelected John Carney (D) 59.5%
Julianne Murray (R) 38.6%
Kathy DeMatteis (I) 1.2%
John Machurek (L) 0.7%
Indiana Eric Holcomb Republican 2016 Incumbent reelected Eric Holcomb (R) 58.8%
Woody Myers (D) 28.2%
Donald Rainwater (L) 13.1%
Missouri Mike Parson Republican 2018[lower-alpha 3] Incumbent elected to full term Mike Parson (R) 57.2%
Nicole Galloway (D) 40.6%
Rik Combs (L) 1.6%
Jerome Bauer (G) 0.6%
Montana Steve Bullock Democratic 2012 Incumbent term limited
New governor elected
Republican gain
Greg Gianforte (R) 54.1%
Mike Cooney (D) 42.1%
Lyman Bishop (L) 3.8%
New Hampshire Chris Sununu Republican 2016 Incumbent reelected Chris Sununu (R) 63.4%
Dan Feltes (D) 35.1%
Darryl Perry (L) 1.5%
North Carolina Roy Cooper Democratic 2016 Incumbent reelected Roy Cooper (D) 51.5%
Dan Forest (R) 47.1%
Steven DiFiore (L) 1.1%
Al Pisano (C) 0.4%
North Dakota Doug Burgum Republican 2016 Incumbent reelected Doug Burgum (R) 69.2%
Shelley Lenz (D) 26.7%
DuWayne Hendrickson (L) 4.1%
Utah Gary Herbert Republican 2009[lower-alpha 4] Template:Party shading/Hold |Incumbent retired
New governor elected
Republican hold
Spencer Cox (R) 64.3%
Christopher Peterson (D) 31.0%
Daniel Cottam (L) 3.1%
Gregory Duerden (I) 1.6%
Vermont Phil Scott Republican 2016 Incumbent reelected Phil Scott (R) 68.8%
David Zuckerman (D) 27.5%
Washington Jay Inslee Democratic 2012 Incumbent reelected Jay Inslee (D) 59.5%
Loren Culp (R) 40.5%
West Virginia Jim Justice Republican 2016 Incumbent reelected Jim Justice (R) 64.9%
Ben Salango (D) 30.8%
Erika Kolenich (L) 2.9%
Daniel Lutz (G) 1.5%

Territories[edit source | edit]

State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent Status Candidates
American Samoa Template:Party shading/Nonpartisan |Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga Template:Party shading/Nonpartisan |Nonpartisan/Democratic[lower-alpha 5] 2012 Template:Party shading/Hold |Term-limited
Puerto Rico Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico |Wanda Vázquez Garced Template:Party shading/New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico |PNP/Republican[25] 2019[lower-alpha 6] Template:Party shading/Hold |Incumbent defeated in primary

Election dates[edit source | edit]

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

State Filing deadline[29] Primary election[29] Primary run-off (if necessary)[29] General election Poll closing (Eastern Time)[30]
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 June 23, 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 30, 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
American Samoa September 1, 2020 N/A N/A November 3, 2020 3:00am
Puerto Rico January 5, 2020 August 16, 2020[lower-alpha 7] N/A November 3, 2020 4:00pm

Delaware[edit source | edit]

2020 Delaware gubernatorial election
Template:Country data Delaware
← 2016 November 3, 2020 2024 →
  John C. Carney Jr. official portrait 112th Congress (cropped).jpg
Nominee John Carney Julianne Murray
Party Democratic Party (United States) Republican

Incumbent Governor

John Carney
Democratic Party (United States)



One-term incumbent Democrat John Carney is running for re-election to a second term.[32][33] Primaries took place on September 15. Carney decisively defeated progressive community activist and environmentalist[34] David Lamar Williams, Jr. in the Democratic primary.[35] Multiple candidates ran in the Republican primary, including attorney Julianne Murray, Delaware State Senator from the 16th district Colin Bonini, small business owner David Bosco, local Republican politician David Graham, Delaware State Senator from the 21st district Bryant Richardson, and perennial candidate Scott Walker. Murray narrowly defeated Bonini with a plurality of the vote.

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] John Carney (incumbent) 101,142 84.77%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] David Lamar Williams, Jr. 18,169 15.23%
Total votes 119,311 100.0%

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Julianne Murray 22,819 41.15%
Republican Colin Bonini 19,161 34.56%
Republican Bryant Richardson 4,262 7.69%
Republican Scott Walker 3,998 7.21%
Republican David Bosco 3,660 6.60%
Republican David Graham 1,547 2.79%
Total votes 55,447 100.0%

Indiana[edit source | edit]

2020 Indiana gubernatorial election
Template:Country data Indiana
← 2016 November 3, 2020 2024 →
  Presser-19 (cropped).jpg Donald Rainwater.png
Nominee Eric Holcomb Woody Myers Donald Rainwater
Party Republican Democratic Party (United States) Libertarian Party (United States)
Running mate Suzanne Crouch Linda Lawson William Henry

Incumbent Governor

Eric Holcomb
Republican



One-term incumbent Republican Eric Holcomb is running for re-election in 2020 alongside his running mate Suzanne Crouch. Holcomb is running against the Democratic nominee, former Health Commissioner of Indiana Woody Myers, and his running mate Linda Lawson, the former Minority Leader of the Indiana House of Representatives.[37] Donald Rainwater, a U.S. Navy veteran, is the Libertarian nominee.[38] Primaries were held on June 2, although both Holcomb and Myers ran uncontested.

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Holcomb (Incumbent) 524,495 100.00%
Total votes 524,495 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Woody Myers 408,230 100.00%
Total votes 408,230 100.00%

Missouri[edit source | edit]

2020 Missouri gubernatorial election
Template:Country data Missouri
← 2016 November 3, 2020 2024 →
  Mike Parson official photo (cropped).jpg Nicole Galloway Photo (cropped).jpg
Nominee Mike Parson Nicole Galloway
Party Republican Democratic Party (United States)

Incumbent Governor

Mike Parson
Republican



One-term incumbent Republican Mike Parson took office upon Eric Greitens' resignation due to threatening the dissemination of sexual images and campaign finance violations.[40] Parson is running for election to a full term in 2020 and easily won the Republican primary. State auditor Nicole Galloway, Missouri's only Democratic statewide office holder, won the Democratic primary, defeating pastor Eric Morrison, and multiple other candidates including Jimmie Matthews, Antoin Johnson, and Robin Quaethem.[41] Primaries took place on August 4. The Libertarian nominee is U.S. Air Force veteran Rik Combs, while Jerome Bauer is the Green Party nominee.[42] Both candidates ran uncontested in their respective primaries.

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Parson (incumbent) 510,471 74.9%
Republican Saundra McDowell 84,191 12.4%
Republican Jim Neely 59,451 8.7%
Republican Raleigh Ritter 27,181 4.0%
Total votes 681,294 100.00%

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Nicole Galloway 453,331 84.6%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Eric Morrison 32,266 6.0%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Jimmie Matthews 20,458 3.8%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Antoin Johnson 20,169 3.8%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Robin Quaethem 9,452 1.8%
Total votes 535,676 100.00%

Montana[edit source | edit]

2020 Montana gubernatorial election
Template:Country data Montana
← 2016 November 3, 2020 2024 →
  Greg Gianforte 115th congress (cropped).jpg Mike Cooney in 2017.jpg
Nominee Greg Gianforte Mike Cooney
Party Republican Democratic Party (United States)
Running mate Kristen Juras Casey Schreiner

Incumbent Governor

Steve Bullock
Democratic Party (United States)



Two-term incumbent Democrat 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. This means that this is an open seat election, and this race is the most competitive of this year's gubernatorial elections. Bullock's lieutenant governor, Mike Cooney, a longtime local politician, is the Democratic nominee, defeating businesswoman and daughter of former U.S. representative Pat Williams, Whitney Williams, in the Democratic primary.[4][43][44] Cooney's running mate is Minority Leader of the Montana House of Representatives, Casey Schreiner. The Republican nominee is Montana's at-large congressman Greg Gianforte, who defeated Attorney General Tim Fox and State Senator from the 6th district, Albert Olszewski.[4][45][46][47] Gianforte's running mate is Kristen Juras, a businesswoman and attorney.[48] Gianforte is a controversial figure, as he was arrested for body slamming a reporter the day of a 2017 special election, and he is an out-of-state businessman. Primaries were held on June 2, with heavy competition in each one.

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results[49]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Mike Cooney 81,527 54.86%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Whitney Williams 67,066 45.14%
Total votes 148,593 100.00%

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results[49]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Gianforte 119,247 53.44%
Republican Tim Fox 60,823 27.26%
Republican Albert Olszewski 43,062 19.30%
Total votes 223,132 100.00%

New Hampshire[edit source | edit]

2020 New Hampshire gubernatorial election
Template:Country data New Hampshire
← 2018 November 3, 2020 2022 →
  x136px Dan Feltes NH (cropped 2).jpg
Nominee Chris Sununu Dan Feltes
Party Republican Democratic Party (United States)

Incumbent Governor

Chris Sununu
Republican



New Hampshire is one of two states, alongside Vermont, that has two-year terms for their governors instead of four-year terms, meaning they held their gubernatorial latest elections in 2018. In December 2019, two-term incumbent Republican Chris Sununu announced that he would run for a third two-year term in 2020, ending speculation he would choose to run for the U.S. Senate instead. Sununu easily defeated Franklin city counselor Karen Testerman in the Republican primary.[50][51] In a hotly contested Democratic primary, Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate Dan Feltes narrowly defeated Andru Volinsky, a member of the Executive Council of New Hampshire from the 2nd district.[52][53][54][55] The primaries took place on September 8.

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Sununu (incumbent) 130,703 89.67%
Republican Karen Testerman 13,589 9.32%
Republican Nobody 1,239 0.85%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Dan Feltes (write-in) 133 0.09%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Andru Volinsky (write-in) 93 0.07%
Total votes 145,757 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results[57]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Dan Feltes 72,318 50.90%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Andru Volinsky 65,455 46.06%
Republican Chris Sununu (write-in) 4,276 3.00%
Republican Karen Testerman (write-in) 39 0.03%
Republican Nobody (write-in) 6 0.01%
Total votes 142,094 100.0%

North Carolina[edit source | edit]

2020 North Carolina gubernatorial election
Template:Country data North Carolina
← 2016 November 3, 2020 2024 →
  x136px Dan Forest - Flag (cropped).jpg
Nominee Roy Cooper Dan Forest
Party Democratic Party (United States) Republican

Governor before election

Roy Cooper
Democratic Party (United States)

Elected Governor

Roy Cooper
Democratic Party (United States)

One-term incumbent Democrat Roy Cooper, who narrowly won his 2016 election by an extremely narrow margin of only 10,281 votes,[58] is running for re-election in 2020. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is the Republican nominee.[59] Primaries were held on March 3, with both Cooper defeating retired U.S. Army captain and perennial candidate Ernest T. Reeves in a landslide in the Democratic primary,[60] while Forest decisively defeated North Carolina State Representative from the 20th district Holly Grange in the Republican primary.[60][61]

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results [62]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Roy Cooper (incumbent) 1,128,829 87.19%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Ernest T. Reeves 165,804 12.81%
Total votes 1,294,633 100.00%

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results [63]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Forest 698,077 88.95%
Republican Holly Grange 86,714 11.05%
Total votes 784,791 100.00%

North Dakota[edit source | edit]

2020 North Dakota gubernatorial election
Template:Country data North Dakota
← 2016 November 3, 2020 2024 →
  Governor Doug Burgum.jpg
Nominee Doug Burgum Shelley Lenz
Party Republican North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party
Running mate Brent Sanford Ben Vig

Incumbent Governor

Doug Burgum
Republican



One-term incumbent Republican Doug Burgum is running for re-election in 2020. Brent Sanford, the incumbent lieutenant governor, is once again running as Burgum's running mate. The Democratic nominee is veterinarian and former Killdeer school board member Shelly Lenz, whose running mate is Ben Vig, a former member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from the 23rd district. Primaries were held on June 9, with Burgum winning by a landslide margin over U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Coachman and Lenz running uncontested.

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results [64]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Burgum (incumbent) 93,737 89.60%
Republican Michael Coachman 10,577 10.11%
Republican Write-In 300 0.29%
Total votes 104,614 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party primary results[64]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party|Template:North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party/meta/shortname]] Shelley Lenz 33,386 99.45%
style="background-color: Template:North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party|Template:North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party/meta/shortname]] Write-In 186 0.55%
Total votes 33,572 100.00%

Utah[edit source | edit]

2020 Utah gubernatorial election
Template:Country data Utah
← 2016 November 3, 2020 2024 →
  Spencer Cox in 2017.jpg
Nominee Spencer Cox Christopher Peterson
Party Republican Democratic Party (United States)
Running mate Deidre Henderson Karina Brown

Incumbent Governor

Gary Herbert
Republican



Two and a half-term incumbent Republican 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.[65] Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox defeated multiple other high-profile Republicans in the competitive Republican primary on June 30 including former governor Jon Hunstman, Jr., Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Greg Hughes, and former Chairman of the Utah Republican Party Thomas Wright. Cox's running mate for Lieutenant Governor is Utah Senator from the 7th district, Deidre Henderson. Meanwhile, University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson won a landslide victory of delegates at the Utah Democratic Convention, immediately awarding him with the Democratic nomination alongside his running mate, community organizer Karina Brown.[66][67][68]

Republican Convention results[edit source | edit]

Republican convention results[69]
Candidate/Running mate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Spencer Cox/Deidre Henderson 1081 30.2% 1082 30.2% 1223 34.3% 1287 36.3% 1488 42.4% 1884 55.0%
Greg Hughes/Victor Iverson 663 18.5% 674 18.8% 719 20.2% 901 25.4% 1107 31.5% 1544 45.0%
Aimee Winder Newton/John 'Frugal' Dougall 500 14.0% 508 14.2% 540 15.1% 703 19.8% 918 Eliminated
Thomas Wright/Rob Bishop 489 13.7% 494 13.8% 553 15.5% 658 Eliminated
Jeff Burningham/Dan McCay 487 13.6% 504 14.1% 530 Eliminated
Jon Huntsman Jr./Michelle Kaufusi 315 8.8% 315 Eliminated
Jason Christensen/Drew Chamberlain 44 Eliminated
Inactive Ballots 0 ballots 2 ballots 14 ballots 30 ballots 66 ballots 151 ballots

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results[70]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Spencer Cox 176,012 36.60%
Republican Jon Huntsman Jr. 165,083 34.33%
Republican Greg Hughes 101,500 21.11%
Republican Thomas Wright 38,274 7.96%
Total votes 480,869 100.00%

Democratic Convention results[edit source | edit]

Democratic convention results[71]
Candidate Pct.
Christopher Peterson 88.4%
Zachary Moses 4.7%
Neil Hansen 4.0%
Nikki Ray Pino 1.4%
Ryan Jackson 1.4%
Archie Williams III 0.1%

Vermont[edit source | edit]

2020 Vermont gubernatorial election
Template:Country data Vermont
← 2018 November 3, 2020 2022 →
  Phil Scott 2017 (cropped).jpg x136px
Nominee Phil Scott David Zuckerman
Party Republican Progressive Party (Vermont)
Alliance Democratic Party (United States)

Incumbent Governor

Phil Scott
Republican



Two-term incumbent Republican Phil Scott has confirmed he is seeking a third term in 2020. However, he is not campaigning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the handling of which so far has awarded Scott with a 75% approval rating.[72] Scott was re-elected with 55% of the vote in 2018. Scott is a heavy critic of President Donald Trump, who holds a net negative 39% disapproval rating in the Green Mountain State.[73][74] He is one of the last remaining liberal Republican politicians with center-left political leanings, and remains an outlier in the otherwise staunchly Democratic state.[75][76] Scott defeated multiple challengers in the Republican primary, the most prominent of which was lawyer and pastor John Klar.[77] Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman defeated former education secretary Rebecca Holcombe in the Democratic primary.[78] He also defeated Cris Ericson and Boots Wardinski in the Vermont Progressive Party primary, despite only being recognized as a write-in candidate. Zuckerman has been endorsed by U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, the most popular senator amongst his constituents in the country.[79][80] Zuckerman chose to run under the Progressive Party ballot line in the general election, listing the Democratic Party as a secondary nomination, utilizing Vermont's electoral fusion system. Primary elections were held on August 11.

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results[81]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Vermont Republican Party|Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/shortname]] Phil Scott (incumbent) 42,275 72.67%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Republican Party|Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/shortname]] John Klar 12,762 21.94%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Republican Party|Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/shortname]] Emily Peyton 970 1.67%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Republican Party|Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/shortname]] Douglas Cavett 966 1.66%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Republican Party|Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/shortname]] Bernard Peters 772 1.33%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Republican Party|Template:Vermont Republican Party/meta/shortname]] Write-ins 426 0.73%
Total votes 58,171 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results[81]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Vermont Democratic Party|Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/shortname]] David Zuckerman 48,150 47.56%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Democratic Party|Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/shortname]] Rebecca Holcombe 37,599 37.14%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Democratic Party|Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/shortname]] Patrick Winburn 7,662 7.57%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Democratic Party|Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/shortname]] Write-ins 6,533 6.45%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Democratic Party|Template:Vermont Democratic Party/meta/shortname]] Ralph Corbo 1,288 1.27%
Total votes 101,232 100.0%

Progressive primary[edit source | edit]

Progressive primary results[81]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Vermont Progressive Party|Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] David Zuckerman (write-in) 273 32.62%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Progressive Party|Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] Cris Ericson 254 30.35%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Progressive Party|Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] Boots Wardinski 239 28.55%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Progressive Party|Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] Phil Scott (write-in) 41 4.90%
style="background-color: Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Vermont Progressive Party|Template:Vermont Progressive Party/meta/shortname]] Other Write-ins 30 3.58%
Total votes 837 100.0%

Washington[edit source | edit]

2020 Washington gubernatorial election
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Nominee Jay Inslee Loren Culp
Party Democratic Party (United States) Republican

Governor before election

Jay Inslee
Democratic Party (United States)

Elected Governor

Jay Inslee
Democratic Party (United States)

Two-term incumbent Democrat 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 Democratic presidential primaries on August 21, 2019.[82][83] He will face police chief of the city of Republic, Washington, Loren Culp.[84] A top-two, jungle primary took place on August 4, meaning that all candidates appeared on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation and the top two (Inslee and Culp) are advancing to the general election in November. Washington is one of two states in the country, alongside California and Louisiana (and Nebraska for statewide offices), that holds jungle primaries rather than conventional ones.[85]

Primary election[edit source | edit]

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Top-two primary election results[86]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Jay Inslee (incumbent) 1,247,916 50.14%
Republican Loren Culp 433,238 17.41%
Republican Joshua Freed 222,533 8.94%
Republican Tim Eyman 159,495 6.41%
Republican Raul Garcia 135,045 5.43%
Republican Phil Fortunato 99,265 3.99%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Don L. Rivers 25,601 1.03%
style="background-color: Template:Green Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Green Party (United States)|Template:Green Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Liz Hallock 21,537 0.87%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Cairo D'Almeida 14,657 0.59%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Gene Hart 10,605 0.43%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Omari Tahir Garrett 8,751 0.35%
style="background-color: Template:Socialist Workers Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Socialist Workers Party (United States)|Template:Socialist Workers Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Henry Clay Dennison 5,970 0.24%
Republican Richard L. Carpenter 4,962 0.2%
[[Independent (politician)|Template:Independent (politician)/meta/shortname]] Elaina J. Gonzales 4,772 0.19%
Republican Matthew Murray 4,489 0.18%
[[Independent (politician)|Template:Independent (politician)/meta/shortname]] Thor Amundson 3,638 0.15%
Republican Bill Hirt 2,854 0.11%
Republican Martin L. Wheeler 2,686 0.11%
Republican Ian Gonzales 2,537 0.1%
Republican Tylor Grow 1,509 0.06%
[[Independent (politician)|Template:Independent (politician)/meta/shortname]] Dylan B. Nails 1,470 0.06%
[[Independent (politician)|Template:Independent (politician)/meta/shortname]] Craig Campbell 1,178 0.05%
Total votes 2,488,959 100%

West Virginia[edit source | edit]

2020 West Virginia gubernatorial election
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Nominee Jim Justice Ben Salango
Party Republican Democratic Party (United States)

Incumbent Governor

Jim Justice
Republican



One-term incumbent Republican Jim Justice is running for re-election in 2020. Justice was elected as a Democrat, but later switched to the Republican Party, making him the first Republican governor since Cecil H. Underwood, elected from 1997 until 2001.[87] Justice will face centrist Democrat Ben Salango, who has been endorsed by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. Primaries were held on June 9, with Justice defeating former West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher and former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 63rd district, Mike Folk, by a large margin. Meanwhile, Salango won by a slim margin in a hotly contested Democratic primary between Salango and community organizer Stephen Smith,[88] businessman Jody Murphy,[89] and Douglas Hughes.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, retired Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton,[87] and Secretary of State Mac Warner were mentioned as potential general election challengers, prior to Justice's decision to re-join the Republican Party.

Republican primary[edit source | edit]

Republican primary results [90]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Justice (incumbent) 133,586 62.60%
Republican Woody Thrasher 38,891 18.20%
Republican Michael Folk 27,255 12.80%
Republican Doug Six 4,413 2.13%
Republican Brooke Lunsford 3,837 1.82%
Republican Shelly Jean Fitzhugh 2,815 1.29%
Republican Chuck Sheedy 2,539 1.16%
Total votes 213,336 100.0%

Democratic primary[edit source | edit]

Democratic primary results[91]
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Ben Salango 73,099 38.78%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Stephen Smith 63,281 33.57%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Ron Stollings 25,322 13.43%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Jody Murphy 17,692 9.39%
style="background-color: Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Democratic Party (United States)|Template:Democratic Party (United States)/meta/shortname]] Douglas Hughes 9,100 4.83%
Total votes 188,494 100.0%

American Samoa[edit source | edit]

2020 American Samoa gubernatorial election
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Nominee Lemanu Peleti Mauga Gaoteote Palaie Tofau
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Running mate Eleasalo Ale Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet
Popular vote 7,154 2,594
Percentage 60.3% 21.9%

 
Nominee Iʻaulualo Faʻafetai Talia Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Running mate Tapaʻau Dr. Dan Mageo Aga Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr.
Popular vote 1,461 652
Percentage 12.3% 5.5%

Governor before election

Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Nonpartisan

Elected Governor

Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Nonpartisan

Two-term incumbent Governor Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga was term-limited in 2020. Running to replace him were Lieutenant Governor Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, American Samoa Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, territorial Senator Nua Sao, and executive director of the American Samoa Government Employees' Retirement Fund Iʻaulualo Faʻafetai Talia.[24] Although individuals can and do affiliate with political parties, elections are held on a non-partisan basis with candidates running without party labels and no party primaries. The governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a shared ticket.[92] The Mauga–Ale ticket won the elction with more than 60% of the vote.ref>"Unofficial results have Lemanu & Talauega winning 60+% of vote". Samoa News. November 4, 2020.</ref>

Puerto Rico[edit source | edit]

2020 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election

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Nominee Pedro Pierluisi Carlos Delgado Altieri
Party New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico) Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)
Alliance Democratic Party (United States) Democratic Party (United States)

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Nominee Alexandra Lúgaro Juan Dalmau
Party Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana Puerto Rican Independence Party

Incumbent Governor

Wanda Vázquez Garced
New Progressive Party of 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,[93] was defeated in the New Progressive primary by Pierluisi in her bid to win a full term. He faces Isabela mayor Carlos Delgado Altieri, who won the Popular Democratic Party primary, as well as Senator Juan Dalmau of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, Alexandra Lúgaro of Movimiento Victoria Ciudadana, César Vázquez of Proyecto Dignidad, and independent candidate Eliezer Molina.[26]

New Progressive Primary[edit source | edit]

New Progressive Party primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Template:New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/shortname]] Pedro Pierluisi 162,345 57.67%
style="background-color: Template:New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)|Template:New Progressive Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/shortname]] Wanda Vázquez Garced (incumbent) 119,184 42.33%
Total votes 281,529 100.00%

Popular Democratic Primary[edit source | edit]

Popular Democratic Party primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
style="background-color: Template:Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Template:Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/shortname]] Carlos Delgado Altieri 128,638 62.97%
style="background-color: Template:Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Template:Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/shortname]] Eduardo Bhatia 48,563 23.77%
style="background-color: Template:Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)|Template:Popular Democratic Party (Puerto Rico)/meta/shortname]] Carmen Yulín Cruz 27,068 13.25%
Total votes 204,269 100.00%

See also[edit source | edit]

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. Note: Mike Parson of Missouri, who took office in 2018 after the resignation of Eric Greitens, was elected to his first full-term.
  2. 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.[23]
  3. Mike Parson took office in 2018 after his predecessor (Eric Greitens) resigned.
  4. Gary Herbert took office in 2009 after his predecessor (Jon Huntsman Jr.) resigned.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Because of a lack of ballots at about half of Puerto Rico's 110 voting locations, the August 9 primaries were suspended until August 16.[31]

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