2022 United States gubernatorial elections
The 2022 United States gubernatorial elections will be held on November 8, 2022, in 36 states and three territories. In addition, special elections may take place (depending on state law) if other gubernatorial seats are vacated.
36 states; 3 territories
Democratic incumbent Term-limited or retiring Democrat
Republican incumbent Term-limited or retiring Republican
As most governors serve four year terms, the last regular gubernatorial elections for all but two of the seats took place in 2018. The governors of New Hampshire and Vermont, each of whom serve two year terms, ran in the 2020 elections. The 2022 gubernatorial elections will take place concurrently with several other federal, state, and local elections.
|State||Governor||Party||First elected||Last race||Status||Candidates|
|Alabama||Kay Ivey||Republican||2017[a]||59.5% R||Eligible||Dean Odle (R)|
|Alaska||Mike Dunleavy||Republican||2018||51.4% R||Eligible|
|Arizona||Doug Ducey||Republican||2014||56.0% R||Term-limited|
|Arkansas||Asa Hutchinson||Republican||2014||65.3% R||Term-limited||Tim Griffin (R)|
Leslie Rutledge (R)
|California||Gavin Newsom||Democratic||2018||61.9% D||Eligible||Chaz Flemmings (NPP)|
Adriel Hampton (NPP)
Laura Smith (R)
|Colorado||Jared Polis||Democratic||2018||53.4% D||Eligible|
|Connecticut||Ned Lamont||Democratic||2018||49.4% D||Eligible|
|Florida||Ron DeSantis||Republican||2018||49.6% R||Eligible|
|Georgia||Brian Kemp||Republican||2018||50.2% R||Eligible|
|Hawaii||David Ige||Democratic||2014||62.7% D||Term-limited||Marissa Kerns (R)|
Andria Tupola (R)
|Idaho||Brad Little||Republican||2018||59.8% R||Eligible|
|Illinois||J. B. Pritzker||Democratic||2018||54.5% D||Eligible|
|Iowa||Kim Reynolds||Republican||2017[b]||50.3% R||Eligible|
|Kansas||Laura Kelly||Democratic||2018||48.0% D||Eligible|
|Maine||Janet Mills||Democratic||2018||50.9% D||Eligible||Paul LePage (R)|
|Maryland||Larry Hogan||Republican||2014||55.4% R||Term-limited||Robin Ficker (R)|
Peter Franchot (D)
|Massachusetts||Charlie Baker||Republican||2014||66.6% R||Eligible|
|Michigan||Gretchen Whitmer||Democratic||2018||53.3% D||Eligible|
|Minnesota||Tim Walz||DFL||2018||53.8% D||Eligible|
|Nebraska||Pete Ricketts||Republican||2014||59.0% R||Term-limited||Bob Krist (D)|
|Nevada||Steve Sisolak||Democratic||2018||49.4% D||Eligible|
|New Hampshire||Chris Sununu||Republican||2016||65.2% R||Eligible|
|New Mexico||Michelle Lujan Grisham||Democratic||2018||57.2% D||Eligible|
|New York||Andrew Cuomo||Democratic||2010||59.6% D||Running||Mike Carpinelli (R)|
Andrew Cuomo (D)
|Ohio||Mike DeWine||Republican||2018||50.4% R||Running||Mike DeWine (R)|
|Oklahoma||Kevin Stitt||Republican||2018||54.3% R||Eligible|
|Oregon||Kate Brown||Democratic||2015[c]||50.1% D||Term-limited|
|Pennsylvania||Tom Wolf||Democratic||2014||57.8% D||Term-limited|
|Rhode Island||Gina Raimondo||Democratic||2014||52.6% D||Term-limited|
|South Carolina||Henry McMaster||Republican||2017[d]||54.0% R||Running||Henry McMaster (R)|
|South Dakota||Kristi Noem||Republican||2018||51.0% R||Eligible|
|Tennessee||Bill Lee||Republican||2018||59.6% R||Running||Bill Lee (R)|
|Texas||Greg Abbott||Republican||2014||55.8% R||Running||Greg Abbott (R)|
|Vermont||Phil Scott||Republican||2016||68.8% R||Eligible|
|Wisconsin||Tony Evers||Democratic||2018||49.5% D||Eligible|
|Wyoming||Mark Gordon||Republican||2018||67.1% R||Eligible|
Republican incumbents eligible for re-electionEdit
Kay Ivey (Alabama)Edit
Governor Kay Ivey took office on April 10, 2017 upon the resignation of Robert J. Bentley and was elected to a full term at her own right in 2018 with 59.5% of the vote. She is eligible to run for re-election for a second full term, but has not yet stated whether she will do so. Opelika, Alabama, pastor Dean Odle has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Governor.
Mike Dunleavy (Alaska)Edit
Ron DeSantis (Florida)Edit
Governor Ron DeSantis was elected in 2018 with 49.6% of the vote. He is eligible to run for re-election, but has not yet stated whether he will do so. Former mayor of Tallahassee and Democratic nominee for governor in 2018 Andrew Gillum will not run against DeSantis again, after stating on March 16, 2020, he would enter rehabilitation, citing struggles with alcohol after narrowly losing the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race. Florida commissioner of agriculture Nikki Fried is a potential Democratic candidate.
Brian Kemp (Georgia)Edit
Potential Democratic candidates include former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and Democratic nominee for governor in 2018 Stacey Abrams, and former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.  Current Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is also a potential Democratic candidate.
Brad Little (Idaho)Edit
Kim Reynolds (Iowa)Edit
Governor Kim Reynolds took office on May 24, 2017, upon the resignation of Terry Branstad and was elected to a full term at her own right in 2018 with 50.3% of the vote. She is eligible to run for re-election for a second full term, but has not yet stated whether she will do so.
Charlie Baker (Massachusetts)Edit
Governor Charlie Baker was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 66.6% of the vote. Because Massachusetts does not have gubernatorial term limits in its Constitution, he is eligible to run for re-election for a third term, but has not yet stated whether he will do so.
Chris Sununu (New Hampshire)Edit
Mike DeWine (Ohio)Edit
DeWine may face a primary challenge from his right due to his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio, and his policies on gun control. Former Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder was reportedly considering a campaign before he was indicted on federal bribery charges.
Potential Democratic candidates include Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, U.S. Representative and 2020 presidential candidate Tim Ryan, Ohio House of Representatives Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
Kevin Stitt (Oklahoma)Edit
Governor Kevin Stitt was elected in 2018 with 54.3% of the vote. He is eligible to run for re-election, but has not yet stated whether he will do so. Former State Senator and physician Ervin Yen has filed paperwork to challenge Stitt should the governor decide to run for reelection.
Henry McMaster (South Carolina)Edit
Governor Henry McMaster took office on January 24, 2017, upon the resignation of Nikki Haley and was elected to a full term at his own right in 2018 with 54% of the vote. He is running for re-election for a second full term.
Kristi Noem (South Dakota)Edit
Bill Lee (Tennessee)Edit
Greg Abbott (Texas)Edit
Governor Greg Abbott was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 55.8% of the vote. Because Texas does not have gubernatorial term limits in its Constitution, he is eligible to run for re-election for a third term, and has announced he will do so. Comedian and talk show host Chad Prather is a potential Republican candidate. Former 2020 presidential candidate, former U.S. representative, and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018 Beto O'Rourke is a potential Democratic candidate. Former United States secretary of housing and urban development, and former mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro, and his twin brother and U.S representative Joaquin Castro, are potential Democratic candidates as well.
Phil Scott (Vermont)Edit
Mark Gordon (Wyoming)Edit
Ralph Torres (Northern Mariana Islands)Edit
Governor Ralph Torres became governor on December 29, 2015, upon the death of incumbent governor Eloy Inos. He was elected to his first full term in 2018 with 62.2% of the vote. He is eligible to run for a second full term.
Retiring and term-limited Republican incumbentsEdit
Doug Ducey (Arizona)Edit
Governor Doug Ducey was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 56% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Arizona Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third consecutive term. Potential Republican candidates include Attorney General of Arizona Mark Brnovich, U.S Representative David Schweikert, and State Treasurer of Arizona Kimberly Yee.
Democratic Secretary of State of Arizona Katie Hobbs has said that she's seriously considering a campaign, and has given a decision timetable of early 2021. Other potential Democratic candidates include Arizona House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, and U.S Representative Greg Stanton.
Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas)Edit
Governor Asa Hutchinson was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 65.3% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Arkansas Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third term. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House Press Secretary and the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is a potential Republican candidate.
Larry Hogan (Maryland)Edit
Governor Larry Hogan was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 55.4% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Maryland Constitution in 2022 and will therefore be unable to seek re-election for a third consecutive term.
Pete Ricketts (Nebraska)Edit
Governor Pete Ricketts was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 59% of the vote. He will be term-limited by the Nebraska Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third consecutive term.
Democratic incumbents eligible for re-electionEdit
Gavin Newsom (California)Edit
Jared Polis (Colorado)Edit
Ned Lamont (Connecticut)Edit
Governor Ned Lamont was elected in 2018 with 49.4% of the vote. He is eligible to run for re-election, but has not yet stated whether he will do so. Republican nominee for governor in 2018 Bob Stefanowski may run against Lamont again.
J. B. Pritzker (Illinois)Edit
Laura Kelly (Kansas)Edit
Janet Mills (Maine)Edit
Governor Janet Mills was elected in 2018 with 50.9% of the vote. She is eligible to run for re-election, but has not yet stated whether she will do so. Former Republican governor Paul LePage has announced that he will run again.
Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan)Edit
Tim Walz (Minnesota)Edit
Steve Sisolak (Nevada)Edit
Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)Edit
Andrew Cuomo (New York)Edit
Governor Andrew Cuomo was re-elected to a third term in 2018 with 59.6% of the vote. Because New York does not have gubernatorial term limits in its Constitution, he is eligible to run for re-election for a fourth term. On May 28, 2019, Cuomo announced that he would run for re-election for a fourth term in 2022.
Tony Evers (Wisconsin)Edit
Lou Leon Guerrero (Guam)Edit
Albert Bryan (U.S. Virgin Islands)Edit
Retiring and term-limited Democratic incumbentsEdit
David Ige (Hawaii)Edit
Governor David Ige was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 62.7% of the vote. He will be term-limited from the Hawaii Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third consecutive term.
Kate Brown (Oregon)Edit
Governor Kate Brown took office on February 18, 2015 upon the resignation of John Kitzhaber. She was subsequently elected in the gubernatorial special election in 2016 and was re-elected to a full term in 2018 with 50.1% of the vote. She will be term-limited by the Oregon Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for another full term until 2026.
Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania)Edit
Governor Tom Wolf was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 57.8% of the vote. He will be term-limited from the Pennsylvania Constitution in 2022 and will therefore be unable to seek re-election for a third consecutive term. Potential Democratic candidates include state treasurer Joe Torsella, state attorney general Josh Shapiro and Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney. Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is also expected to seek statewide or federal office in 2022.
Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island)Edit
Governor Gina Raimondo was re-elected to a second term in 2018 with 52.6% of the vote. She will be term-limited from the Rhode Island Constitution in 2022 and cannot seek re-election for a third consecutive term.
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- Kim Reynolds took office in 2017 after her predecessor (Terry Branstad) resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2018 Iowa gubernatorial election.
- Kate Brown took office in 2015 after her predecessor (John Kitzhaber) resigned. She was subsequently elected in the 2016 Oregon gubernatorial special election.
- Henry McMaster took office in 2017 after his predecessor (Nikki Haley) resigned. He was subsequently elected in the 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial election.
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