Governor News & Analysis

Education Takes Leading Role in Governor’s Races

by Leah Askarinam October 4, 2018 · 1:14 PM EDT

As teacher protests in West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky fade from the national spotlight, education continues to shine as a campaign issue as a handful of candidates bring academic credentials to high-profile elections.

Because education is largely considered a state issue, the fallout from teacher strikes throughout the country…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview (Aug. 31, 2018): Mix and Match Opportunities

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 31, 2018 · 11:00 AM EDT

By now it should be clear that the fights for the House and Senate majorities are being played out on two politically different maps. But the race to collect governorships is being fought on yet another battleground.

Democrats need to defend and win GOP-leaning states in order to take back…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview (Aug. 31, 2018): Alabama - Illinois

August 31, 2018 · 10:59 AM EDT

ALABAMA. Kay Ivey (R), assumed governorship April 2017. *Redistricting role. Ivey, the first female governor of Alabama since the late 1960s, ascended to the office when GOP Gov. Richard Bentley resigned in disgrace, so she hasn’t been elected in her own right. But Ivey won the June Republican primary outright…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview (Aug. 31, 2018): Iowa - New Mexico

August 31, 2018 · 10:58 AM EDT

IOWA. Kim Reynolds (R) ascended to office May 2017. *Redistricting role. Reynolds, a former state senator and lieutenant governor, is running for a full term after taking office last year when Gov. Terry Branstad became President Trump’s ambassador to China. She ran unopposed in the GOP primary, while wealthy businessman…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview (Aug. 31, 2018): New York - Wyoming

August 31, 2018 · 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK. Andrew Cuomo (D) elected 2010 (63%), 2014 (54%). Sept. 13 primary. *Redistricting role. Actress Cynthia Nixon’s primary challenge to Cuomo has received plenty of national attention, but public polling still shows her distinctly behind with less than two weeks to go. Law professor Zephyr Teachout challenged the governor…

California House: Parties Regroup after Primary

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 14, 2018 · 3:59 PM EDT

Despite the breathless analysis in the run up to California’s Top Two primary, Democrats successfully navigated complicated races and have a nominee in each of their targeted House races. 

Getting locked out of the general election by not finishing in the top two would have been a disappointment and an…

Gubernatorial Primaries Cement November Battles

June 14, 2018 · 3:58 PM EDT

Three more states held gubernatorial primaries on Tuesday, but the general election stage is set in only one. Votes are still being counted in Maine under the state’s new ranked-choice voting  and there’s a runoff in South Carolina. 

Remember this is a huge cycle for governors. Thirty-six of the 50…

Candidate Conversation - Billie Sutton (D)

June 14, 2018 · 3:56 PM EDT

South Dakota Governor - Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: June 13, 2018

Date of Birth: March 16, 1984; Burke, South Dakota 

Education: Univ. of Wyoming (2008)

Elected Office: State Senate (elected 2010)

Current Outlook: Rep. Kristi Noem won the GOP nomination 56-44 percent over Attorney General Marty Jackley after a…

Texas Runoffs: Likely New Members Chosen in Four Districts

May 23, 2018 · 1:16 AM EDT

Governor. Greg Abbott (R) elected 2014 (59%). Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic runoff over Andrew White, son of former Democratic Gov. Mark White (1983-1987). Valdez will face the governor, who won renomination easily with 90 percent in the March 6 primary. If Democrats are going to…

Georgia Primaries: Democrats Choose Abrams while GOPers Move to Runoff

May 23, 2018 · 1:05 AM EDT

Governor. Open; Nathan Deal (R) term-limited. Democrats believed that demographics were shifting Georgia into their column right up until Donald Trump won it 51-46 percent in 2016. Now Democrats are hoping a midterm backlash against the president will give them their first gubernatorial victory in 20 years. House Minority Leader…