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The following chart displays the number of governors' offices held by each party as of the 2019 elections and immediately after the elections took place.
An election is considered more competitive when the incumbent officeholder is not a candidate for re-election in the general election. This analysis examines both the degree of competitiveness, relative to past election years, and factors that may or may not have contributed to the degree of competitiveness in the current year. The advantage an incumbent holds over a challenger in a given election is frequently cited in political theory and its impetus frequently debated. For example, data compiled by OpenSecrets.orgshows the re-election rate for incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives has been 85% or higher for each of the 27 two-year election cycles that occurred between 1964 and 2016; and that from 2006-2016 the re-election rate averaged 92.5%. Across the threegubernatorial elections which took place in 2019: 1. 28 candidates, including 14 Democrats, 10 Republicans, and fourthird party or independent candidates, filed to run. 2. Two incumbents filed for re-election; Missi...
The following analysis details the margin of victory for winning candidates from the previous three elections in states that held regularly-scheduled gubernatorial elections in 2019. Gubernatorial elections in all three states were decided by smaller margins than in any of the previous three cycles. Across the 2015, 2011, and 2007 cycles, the smallest margin of victory for a candidate of either party in any of the three states was Matt Bevin's (R) 8.7% margin in Kentucky's 2015 election. In the 2019 cycle, the widest margin was Tate Reeves' (R) 5.7% in Mississippi. Both Democratic winners had margins under 3%.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) defeated Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and John Hicks (L) in Kentucky's gubernatorial election on November 5, 2019. Beshear's victory meant that Kentucky transitioned from a Republican state government trifecta to divided government. This election followed nearly four years of conflict between Bevin and Beshear, which began when each was elected in 2015. The main issuesin the race were healthcare and education funding. Daniel Desrochers of the Lexington Herald...
Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) defeated businessman Eddie Rispone (R) in the general election for governor of Louisianaon November 16, 2019. At the time of the election, Edwards was the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, and he was the only Democrat holding statewide office in Louisiana. He defeated U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R) in 2015 and succeeded Bobby Jindal (R) in the governor's office, breakinga Republican trifecta in the state. John Bel Edwards was the first incumbent Louis...
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) defeated state Attorney General Jim Hood (D), Bob Hickingbottom (Constitution), and David Singletary (I) in the November 5, 2019, election for governor of Mississippi. Reeves received 52.2% of the vote to Hood's 46.5%. Term limits prevented incumbent Phil Bryant(R) from seeking re-election, leaving the seat open to a newcomer. Reeves defeated former state Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller (R) in an August 27 runoff after no candidate won a majority of the vot...
The following table compares gubernatorial race ratings from The Cook Political Report, Sabato's Crystal Ball, and Inside Electionsas of January 2020.
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A state government trifectais a term to describe single party government, when one political party holds the governorship, a majority in the state senate, and a majority in the state house in a state's government. Updated November 18, 2019 This content is part of Ballotpedia's analysis of the 2019 elections. For comprehensive election results, click here. As a result of the 2019 elections, Democrats gained one state government trifecta in Virginia. A state government trifecta exists when one political party controls the governorship, a majority in the state senate, and a majority in the state house in a state's government. Republicans also lost a trifecta following incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin's (R) defeat in Kentucky. The new trifecta count stands at 15 Democratic trifectas, 21 Republican trifectas, and 14 divided governments. Prior to the 2019 elections, Republicans had eight more state government trifectas than Democrats: of 36 stateswith trifectas, 22 were Republican and 14 were De...
A state government triplexis a term to describe when a state's governor, attorney general, and secretary of state are all members of the same political party. Updated 1:00 p.m. EST, November 18, 2019 This content is part of Ballotpedia's analysis of the 2019 elections. For comprehensive election results, click here. As a result of the 2019 elections, Republicans gained one state government triplexin Mississippi while Kentucky and Louisiana remained divided triplexes. Heading into the election, the triplex count stood at 18 Republican, 17 Democratic, and 15 divided triplexes. The new triplex count will be 19 Republican, 17 Democratic, and 14 divided triplexes. The states holding triplex office elections on November 5, 2019, were: 1. Kentucky: Kentucky remained a divided triplex. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) defeated Gov. Matt Bevin (R) in the gubernatorial election. Daniel Cameron (R) won the attorney general election for the position held by Andy Beshear (D), while Mic...
This section will provide important dates throughout the 2019 election cycle, including filing deadlines, primaries, and campaign finance reporting deadlines, when available. These dates are divided by state.
The 2019 United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 5, 2019 in Kentucky and Mississippi, and November 16, 2019 in Louisiana. These elections formed part of the 2019 United States elections. The last regular gubernatorial elections for all three states were in 2015.
State executive offices up for election in 2019 included three gubernatorial seats, lieutenant gubernatorial seats, attorney general seats, and secretary of state seats. Kentucky and Mississippi held elections on November 5, 2019. Louisiana held elections October 12, and general elections for some races took place November 16.
In the 2019 elections, Republicans successfully defended their trifecta (unified control of the governorship and the state legislature) in Mississippi, while Democrats defended their trifecta in New Jersey and prevented Republicans from gaining a trifecta in Louisiana.
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When President Donald Trump entered office in 2017, Republicans controlled twice as many governorships across the country as Democrats. But after the 2019 election cycle, Democrats have nearly...
After that election, lieutenant governorships trended Republican until the 2018 elections, with the party reaching a high of 32 lieutenant governorships to Democrats' 13 in 2015 and 2016. In 2018 , Democrats and Republicans each won 15 of the 30 seats up for election, narrowing the gap in seats but keeping the Republican lead in place.
Three states held gubernatorial elections in 2019: Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Kentucky's governorship was the only one of the three to change party control, flipping from Republican to Democratic.
Nov 05, 2019 · Republicans Try to Hang on to Governorships in Kentucky, Mississippi ... where both chambers of the legislature will be up for grabs – the Democrats are looking to cement their gains in a state ...