Thirty-six states will hold elections for governor on November 4, 2014. Ballotpedia staff selected 10 races from the crowded gubernatorial field to preview based on competitiveness and intriguing story lines. In each state gubernatorial preview below, you will find a capsule describing major events in the race and a list of general election candidates.
Each race has also been assigned a rating based on Ballotpedia’s racetracking methodology, which takes into account polling information, current officeholders and the results of the 2012 presidential election.
Incumbents are seeking re-election in large numbers in 2014, with 29 out of 36 (80.1 percent) current governors seeking new terms. Four incumbents are ineligible to run due to term limits, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R), Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) decided not to seek re-election. Republicans hold 22 of the 36 gubernatorial offices on the ballot in 2014.See also: Alaska Gubernatorial election, 2014
Race rating: Lean Republican
An otherwise sleepy race for governor in Alaska became intriguing following the August primary thanks to unorthodox ballot groupings and post-primary candidate shakeups. As thousands of ballots headed overseas in late September, voters pieced together the dynamics of the race as the ballot was still unsettled.