Several governors’ mansions are up for grabs, as incumbents retire, are term-limited, or are at risk of being ousted by restless voters considering their options.
Check out our list of the gubernatorial contests to watch this fall.
INDIANA (OPEN SEAT)
Republican Mitch Daniels (pictured) was elected as Governor of Indiana in 2004, has reached his term limit and is not eligible for re-election. The following candidates have indicated that they are going after the office: Republican Representative Mike Pence and Democratic Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg.
MONTANA (OPEN SEAT)
Two-term Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (pictured) will be replaced in November, but by whom is anyone’s guess. The following candidates have indicated interest in taking over the Democratic governor’s seat: attorney general steve bullock, former representative Rick Hill, former state senator Corey Stapleton, and former state senator Ken Miller.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (OPEN SEAT)
Democratic New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (pictured) announced his retirement last year, making this one of the country’s most competitive governor seats. The field of candidates includes: former state senators Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley, who are both seeking the Democratic nomination, and former executive director of Cornerstone Action Kevin Smith and attorney Ovide Lamontagne, who are both seeking the GOP nomination.
NORTH CAROLINA (OPEN SEAT)
Democratic North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (pictured), who would have faced stiff competition, decided not to run for re-election against Republican candidate Pat McCrory. Democrats are seeking a nominee to face the former Charlotte mayor.
Republican North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple (pictured), who was sworn in when former Governor John Hoeven resigned, is running for his own term. So far, he is beating his competitors in fundraising, including his GOP challenger, Fargo architect Paul Sorum, and the Democratic challenger, rancher and businessman Ryan Taylor.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert (pictured), who took over when John Huntsman resigned in 2009 and stayed in office when he was elected to his own term in 2010, has three challengers for the GOP nomination: Utah Tea Party founder David Kirkham, state representative Ken Sumsion and former state representative Morgan Philpot.
WASHINGTON (OPEN SEAT)
Two-term Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (pictured) is not up for re-election this year. The two leading candidates to replace the Democrat – Republican state attorney general Rob McKenna and U.S. representative Jay Inslee – are locked in fierce competition for the open seat.
Democratic West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (pictured), who took office after former Governor Joe Manchin went to the Senate, won his own seat in a special election and is now competing for a full, four-year term. Businessman Bill Maloney, who narrowly lost to Tomblin in that special election, is his Republican challenger.