2016 United States gubernatorial elections

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2016 United States gubernatorial elections

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14 governorships
12 states; 2 territories[1][2]
  Majority party Minority party
  Governor NewMexico.jpg Dannel Malloy 2016.jpg
Leader Susana Martinez Dan Malloy
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat New Mexico Connecticut
Seats before 31 18
Seats won 6 6
Seats after 33 16
Seat change Increase 2 Decrease 2
Popular vote 9,687,124 9,288,448
Percentage 51.05% 48.95%

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     Democratic hold      Democratic gain
     Republican hold      Republican gain
     New Progressive gain      Nonpartisan
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The 2016 United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 8, 2016 in 12 states and two territories. The last regular gubernatorial elections for nine of the 12 states took place in 2012. The last gubernatorial elections for New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont took place in 2014, as Oregon held a special election due to the resignation of governor John Kitzhaber, while the governors of New Hampshire and Vermont both serve two-year terms. The 2016 gubernatorial elections took place concurrently with several other federal, state, and local elections, including the presidential election, Senate, and House elections.

The Republican Party won open Democratic-held governorships in Vermont, New Hampshire and Missouri and held their open seats in Indiana and North Dakota, increasing its total to 33, a record high last seen in 1922. Democrats finished with 16 governorships, defeating incumbent Pat McCrory in North Carolina and holding open seats in Delaware and West Virginia, with one independent governor in Alaska accounting for the 50th gubernatorial seat. However, governor Jim Justice of West Virginia switched his party affiliation to Republican shortly after his inauguration, so West Virginia could be seen as a flip Republican in this race, increasing the number of Republican governors to an all-time record of 34.

Election predictions[edit]

Several sites and individuals publish predictions of competitive seats. These predictions look at factors such as the strength of the incumbent (if the incumbent is running for re-election), the strength of the candidates, and the partisan leanings of the state (reflected in part by the state's Cook Partisan Voting Index rating). The predictions assign ratings to each seat, with the rating indicating the predicted advantage that a party has in winning that seat. Most election predictors use "tossup" to indicate that neither party has an advantage, "lean" to indicate that one party has a slight advantage, "likely" or "favored" to indicate that one party has a significant but not insurmountable advantage, and "safe" or "solid" to indicate that one party has a near-certain chance of victory. Some predictions also include a "tilt" rating that indicates that one party has an advantage that is not quite as strong as the "lean" rating would indicate.

State CPVI Incumbent[3] Last
race
Cook
Aug. 12,
2016
[4]
DKE
Oct. 14,
2016
[5]
Roth.
Nov. 3,
2016
[6]
Sab.
Nov. 7,
2016
[7]
RCP
Nov. 6,
2016
[8]
Gov. M.
Oct. 27,
2016
[9]
Winner
Delaware D+8 Jack Markell
(Term-limited)
69.3% Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D Safe D John Carney
(58.3%)
Indiana R+5 Mike Pence
(Ran for Vice President)
49.4% Tossup Tossup Tilt R Lean D Tossup Tossup Eric Holcomb
(51.4%)
Missouri R+5 Jay Nixon
(Term-limited)
54.6% Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean R Tossup Lean D Eric Greitens
(51.1%)
Montana R+7 Steve Bullock 48.9% Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Lean D Tossup Steve Bullock
(50.3%)
New Hampshire D+1 Maggie Hassan
(Ran for Senate)
52.6% Tossup Tossup Tossup Lean D Tossup Tossup Chris Sununu
(48.8%)
North Carolina R+3 Pat McCrory 54.7% Tossup Tossup Tilt D Lean D Tossup Tossup Roy Cooper
(49.0%)
North Dakota R+10 Jack Dalrymple
(Term-limited)
63.1% Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Doug Burgum
(76.5%)
Oregon
(Special)
D+5 Kate Brown 49.5% Likely D Likely D Safe D Safe D Likely D Safe D Kate Brown
(50.6%)
Utah R+22 Gary Herbert 68.3% Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Safe R Gary Herbert
(66.7%)
Vermont D+18 Peter Shumlin
(Retiring)
46.4% Tossup Tossup Tilt R Lean R Tossup Tossup Phil Scott
(52.9%)
Washington D+5 Jay Inslee 51.5% Safe D Likely D Safe D Safe D Lean D Likely D Jay Inslee
(54.4%)
West Virginia R+13 Earl Ray Tomblin
(Term-limited)
50.4% Tossup Tossup Tilt D Lean D Lean R Tossup Jim Justice
(49.1%)

Race summary[edit]

States[edit]

State Incumbent This race
State PVI Governor Party First
elected
Status Candidates
Delaware D+8 Jack Markell Democratic 2008 Incumbent term-limited.
New governor elected.
Democratic Hold.
Green tickY John Carney (Democratic) 58.3%
Colin Bonini (Republican) 39.2%
Andrew Groff (Green) 1.4%
Sean Goward (Libertarian) 1.1%
Indiana R+5 Mike Pence Republican 2012 Incumbent withdrew to run for U.S. Vice President.[10]
New governor elected.
Republican Hold.
Green tickY Eric Holcomb (Republican) 51.4%
John Gregg (Democratic) 45.4%
Rex Bell (Libertarian) 3.2%
Missouri R+5 Jay Nixon Democratic 2008 Incumbent term-limited.
New governor elected.
Republican gain.
Green tickY Eric Greitens (Republican) 51.1%
Chris Koster (Democratic) 45.6%
Cisse Spragins (Libertarian) 1.5%
Lester Turilli Jr. (Independent) 1.1%
Don Fitz (Green) 0.8%
Montana R+7 Steve Bullock Democratic 2012 Incumbent won re-election. Green tickY Steve Bullock (Democratic) 50.2%
Greg Gianforte (Republican) 46.4%
Ted Dunlap (Libertarian) 3.4%
New Hampshire D+1 Maggie Hassan Democratic 2012 Incumbent retired to run for U.S. Senate.
New governor elected.
Republican gain.
Green tickY Chris Sununu (Republican) 48.8%
Colin Van Ostern (Democratic) 46.6%
Max Abramson (Libertarian) 4.3%
North Carolina R+3 Pat McCrory Republican 2012 Incumbent lost re-election.
New governor elected.
Democratic gain.
Green tickY Roy Cooper (Democratic) 49.0%
Pat McCrory (Republican) 48.8%
Lon Cecil (Libertarian) 2.2%
North Dakota R+10 Jack Dalrymple Republican 2012 Incumbent retired.
New governor elected.
Republican hold.
Green tickY Doug Burgum (Republican) 76.5%
Marvin Nelson (Democratic) 19.4%
Marty Riske (Libertarian) 3.9%
Oregon
(Special)
D+5 Kate Brown Democratic 2015[11] Incumbent won election to rest of term. Green tickY Kate Brown (Democratic) 50.6%
Bud Pierce (Republican) 43.5%
Cliff Thomason (Independent) 2.4%
James Foster (Libertarian) 2.3%
Aaron D. Auer (Constitution) 1.0%
Utah R+22 Gary Herbert Republican 2010 Incumbent won re-election. Green tickY Gary Herbert (Republican) 66.7%
Mike Weinholtz (Democratic) 28.7%
Brian Kamerath (Libertarian) 3.1%
Superdell Schanze (Constitution) 1.4%
Vermont D+18 Peter Shumlin Democratic 2010 Incumbent retired.
New governor elected.
Republican gain.
Green tickY Phil Scott (Republican) 52.9%
Sue Minter (Democratic) 44.2%
Bill Lee (Liberty Union) 2.8%
Washington D+5 Jay Inslee Democratic 2012 Incumbent won re-election. Green tickY Jay Inslee (Democratic) 54.4%
Bill Bryant (Republican) 45.6%
West Virginia R+13 Earl Ray Tomblin Democratic 2011 Incumbent term-limited.
New governor elected.
Democratic hold.
Green tickY Jim Justice (Democratic) 49.1%
Bill Cole (Republican) 42.3%
Charlotte Pritt (Green) 5.9%
David Moran (Libertarian) 2.2%
Phil Hudok (Constitution) 0.6%

Territories[edit]

State Incumbent Party First elected Incumbent Status Candidates
American Samoa Lolo Matalasi Moliga Democratic 2012 Incumbent won re-election. Green tickY Lolo Matalasi Moliga (Democratic) 60.2%
Faoa Aitofele Sunia (Democratic) 35.8%
Tuika Tuika (Independent) 4.0%
Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla Popular Democratic 2012 Incumbent retired.
New governor elected.
New Progressive gain.
Green tickY Ricky Rosselló (PNP) 41.8%
David Bernier (PPD) 38.9%
Alexandra Lúgaro (Ind) 11.1%
Manuel Cidre (Ind) 5.7%
María de Lourdes Santiago (PIP) 2.1%
Rafael Bernabe (PPT) 0.3%

Statistics[edit]

Close Races[edit]

States where the margin of victory was under 1%:

  1. North Carolina, 0.22%

States where the margin of victory was between 1% and 5%:

  1. New Hampshire, 2.27%
  2. Puerto Rico, 2.93%
  3. Montana, 3.90%

States where the margin of victory was between 5% and 10%:

  1. Missouri, 5.57%
  2. Indiana, 5.96%
  3. West Virginia, 6.79%
  4. Oregon, 7.17%
  5. Vermont, 8.73%
  6. Washington, 8.76%

Red denotes states won by Republicans. Blue denotes states won by Democrats. Dark Blue denotes race won by New Progressives

Partisan control of states[edit]

All of the states that held gubernatorial elections in 2016 also held state legislative elections in 2016, although some legislative seats were not up for election in states that stagger legislative elections.[12]

Before election[13] After election[14]
State Governor Senate House Governor Senate House
Delaware Dem Dem Dem Dem Dem Dem
Indiana Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep
Missouri Dem Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep
Montana Dem Rep Rep Dem Rep Rep
New Hampshire Dem Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep
North Carolina Rep Rep Rep Dem Rep Rep
North Dakota Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep
Oregon Dem Dem Dem Dem Dem Dem
Utah Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep Rep
Vermont Dem Dem Dem Rep Dem Dem
Washington Dem Rep Dem Dem Rep Dem
West Virginia Dem Rep Rep Dem Rep Rep

Delaware[edit]

2016 Delaware gubernatorial election

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Nominee John Carney Colin Bonini
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 248,404 166,852
Percentage 58.3% 39.2%

Delaware Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results
Carney:      40–50%      60–70%
Bonini:      50–60%

Governor before election

Jack Markell
Democratic

Elected Governor

John Carney
Democratic

Two-term incumbent Governor Jack Markell was term-limited in 2016.[15] Former Democratic Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, announced his intention to run and was seen as the front-runner in the Democratic primary and general election, but he died of brain cancer at the age of 46 on May 30, 2015.[16][17] Representative John Carney, a former Lieutenant Governor of Delaware who also ran for governor in 2008, won the Democratic nomination.[18] State senator Colin Bonini won the Republican nomination.

Carney won the election, taking 58.3% of the vote compared to Bonini's 39.2%.[19]

Delaware Republican primary[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Colin Bonini 21,150 69.88
Republican Lacey Lafferty 9,115 30.12
Total votes 30,265 100.00
Delaware general election[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Carney 248,404 58.34
Republican Colin Bonini 166,852 39.18
Green Andrew Groff 5,951 1.39
Libertarian Sean Louis Goward 4,577 1.09
Total votes 425,784 100.00
Democratic hold

Indiana[edit]

2016 Indiana gubernatorial election

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  Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.jpg John Gregg 2015.jpg
Nominee Eric Holcomb John R. Gregg
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Suzanne Crouch Christina Hale
Popular vote 1,397,396 1,235,503
Percentage 51.4% 45.4%

Indiana Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results
Holcomb:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Gregg:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Mike Pence
Republican

Elected Governor

Eric Holcomb
Republican

One-term incumbent Governor Mike Pence announced his bid for re-election. Pence won in 2012 with 49.6% of the vote. Pence previously served as a U.S. Representative from 2001 to 2013 and was Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011. Pence had expressed interest in running for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election, but declined. However, Pence withdrew his bid for a second term on July 15, 2016, to run for vice president as running mate to Donald Trump.[10][22] Pence was replaced as the gubernatorial nominee by Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb.

The 2012 Democratic nominee, former State House Speaker John R. Gregg, won the Democratic nomination.[23] State Representative Karen Tallian and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz both withdrew their candidacies.[24][25] State Representative Terri Austin, South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg, former Lieutenant Governor Kathy Davis, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath declined to run for governor. Potential Democratic candidates include former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana and former Secretary of State of Indiana Joe Hogsett, President and CEO of the Biocrossroads Initiative and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2000 David Johnson, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr., physician, former Commissioner for the Indiana State Department of Health and candidate for Indiana's 7th congressional district in 2008, Woody Myers, former State Senate Minority Leader and nominee for lieutenant governor in 2012 Vi Simpson, U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky and former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.[26][27][28][29][30][31] Former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh had considered running,[26] but has since announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.[32]

Holcomb won election with 51.4% of the vote, while Gregg took 45.4%.[19]

Indiana Republican primary[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Pence (incumbent) 815,699 100.00
Total votes 815,699 100.00
Indiana Democratic primary[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John R. Gregg 547,375 100.00
Total votes 547,375 100.00
Indiana general election[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Holcomb 1,397,396 51.38
Democratic John R. Gregg 1,235,503 45.42
Libertarian Rex Bell 87,025 3.20
Write-in 44 0.00
Total votes 2,719,968 100.00
Republican hold

Missouri[edit]

2016 Missouri gubernatorial election

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  Eric Greitens 2018.jpg Chris Koster official portrait (cropped).jpg
Nominee Eric Greitens Chris Koster
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,433,397 1,277,360
Percentage 51.1% 45.6%

Missouri Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County Results
Greitens:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Koster:      50–60%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Jay Nixon
Democratic

Elected Governor

Eric Greitens
Republican

Two-term incumbent Governor Jay Nixon was term-limited in 2016.[35] U.S. Senator and 2004 gubernatorial nominee Claire McCaskill[36] and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel declined to run for governor.[37] On August 3, 2016, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster won the nomination with a dominating 79% of the primary vote.[38]

Former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Catherine Hanaway, businessman John Brunner, State Senator Bob Dixon, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder ran for the Republican nomination.[39] State Representative Bart Korman and U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer[40][41][42] declined to run for governor. Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich had been a candidate for governor before he committed suicide in February 2015.[43] On August 3, 2016, Greitens won the nomination with 35% of the vote.[38]

Greitens won the election, taking 51.3% of the vote compared to Koster's 45.4%.[19]

Missouri Democratic primary[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Koster 256,272 78.75
Democratic Eric Morrison 31,474 9.67
Democratic Charles Wheeler 25,756 7.92
Democratic Leonard Steinman 11,911 3.66
Total votes 325,413 100.00
Missouri Republican primary[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Greitens 236,481 34.56
Republican John Brunner 169,620 24.79
Republican Peter Kinder 141,629 20.70
Republican Catherine Hanaway 136,521 19.95
Total votes 684,251 100.00
Missouri general election[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Greitens 1,433,397 51.14
Democratic Chris Koster 1,277,360 45.57
Libertarian Cisse Spragins 41,154 1.47
Independent Lester Benton Turilli Jr. 30,019 1.07
Green Don Fitz 21,088 0.75
Write-in 28 0.00
Total votes 2,803,046 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

Montana[edit]

2016 Montana gubernatorial election

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  Steve Bullock by Gage Skidmore.jpg Greg Gianforte (cropped 2).jpg
Nominee Steve Bullock Greg Gianforte
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Mike Cooney Lesley Robinson
Popular vote 255,933 236,115
Percentage 50.2% 46.4%

Montana Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results
Bullock:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Gianforte:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Governor before election

Steve Bullock
Democratic

Elected Governor

Steve Bullock
Democratic

One-term incumbent Governor Steve Bullock ran for re-election. Bullock was elected in 2012 with 48.9% of the vote. He previously served as Attorney General of Montana from 2009 to 2013.

Former Secretary of State Brad Johnson and businessman Mark Perea ran for the Republican nomination,[46] but were defeated by businessman Greg Gianforte. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox had been speculated as a potential candidate, but instead chose to run for re-election.[47]

Bullock won re-election, taking 50.2% of the vote. Gianforte won 46.4% of the vote.[19]

Montana Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Bullock (incumbent) 109,450 91.26
Democratic Bill McChesney 10,486 8.74
Total votes 119,936 100.00
Montana Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Gianforte 109,882 76.38
Republican Terry Nelson 33,987 23.62
Total votes 143,869 100.00
Montana general election[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Bullock (incumbent) 255,933 50.25
Republican Greg Gianforte 236,115 46.35
Libertarian Ted Dunlap 17,312 3.40
Total votes 509,360 100.00
Democratic hold

New Hampshire[edit]

2016 New Hampshire gubernatorial election

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  Christopher T Sununu.jpg Colin Van Ostern SNHU 2016 closeup.jpg
Nominee Chris Sununu Colin Van Ostern
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 354,040 337,589
Percentage 48.8% 46.6%

New Hampshire Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results
Sununu:      40–50%      50–60%
Van Ostern:      50–60%

Governor before election

Maggie Hassan
Democratic

Elected Governor

Chris Sununu
Republican

Two-term Democratic incumbent Governor Maggie Hassan ran for the U.S. Senate, narrowly defeating incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte, instead of running for a third term as governor. She won a second term in 2014 with 53% of the vote against Republican businessman Walt Havenstein. Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern defeated Deputy Secretary of State and Director of Securities Regulation Mark Connolly for the Democratic nomination.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, state representative and entrepreneur Frank Edelblut, and Jon Lavoie ran for the Republican nomination.[49] Sununu defeated his challengers for the Republican nomination.

Despite most pre-election polling suggesting a Democratic win, Sununu narrowly won election with 49% of the vote. Van Ostern won 46.7% and Libertarian Max Abramson won 4.3% of the vote.[19]

New Hampshire Democratic primary[50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Colin Van Ostern 37,696 51.99
Democratic Steve Marchand 18,338 25.29
Democratic Mark Connolly 14,840 20.47
Democratic Ian Freeman 1,069 1.47
Democratic Derek Dextraze 557 0.77
Total votes 72,500 100.00
New Hampshire Republican primary[50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Sununu 34,137 30.68
Republican Frank Edelblut 33,149 29.79
Republican Ted Gatsas 22,840 20.53
Republican Jeanie Forrester 19,716 17.72
Republican John Lavoie 1,429 1.28
Total votes 111,271 100.00
New Hampshire general election[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Sununu 354,040 48.84
Democratic Colin Van Ostern 337,589 46.57
Libertarian Max Abramson 31,243 4.31
Write-in 1,991 0.28
Total votes 724,863 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

North Carolina[edit]

2016 North Carolina gubernatorial election

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Nominee Roy Cooper Pat McCrory
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,309,157 2,298,880
Percentage 49.0% 48.8%

North Carolina Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results
Cooper:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
McCrory:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Pat McCrory
Republican

Elected Governor

Roy Cooper
Democratic

One-term incumbent Governor Pat McCrory ran for re-election.[52] McCrory was elected in 2012 with 54.7% of the vote. McCrory previously served as Mayor of Charlotte from 1995 to 2009.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper[53] defeated former State Representative Kenneth Spaulding to win the Democratic nomination for governor.[54] James Protzman, a former Chapel Hill town council member, had declared his candidacy, but later withdrew from the race.[54][55] United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx declined to run for governor.

After a dispute in results, Cooper won the election. Cooper won 49% of the vote, while McCrory won 48.9%.[19]

North Carolina Republican primary[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pat McCrory (incumbent) 869,114 81.76
Republican Robert Brawley 112,624 10.59
Republican Charles Moss 81,315 7.65
Total votes 1,063,053 100.00
North Carolina Democratic primary[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Cooper 710,658 68.70
Democratic Kenneth Spaulding 323,774 31.30
Total votes 1,034,432 100.00
North Carolina general election[57]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Cooper 2,309,162 49.02
Republican Pat McCrory (incumbent) 2,298,881 48.80
Libertarian Lon Cecil 102,978 2.19
Total votes 4,711,021 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

North Dakota[edit]

2016 North Dakota gubernatorial election

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Nominee Doug Burgum Marvin Nelson
Party Republican Democratic-NPL
Running mate Brent Sanford Joan Heckaman
Popular vote 259,863 65,855
Percentage 76.5% 19.4%

North Dakota Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results
Burgum:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%Nelson:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Jack Dalrymple
Republican

Elected Governor

Doug Burgum
Republican

One-term incumbent Governor Jack Dalrymple declined to seek re-election.[58] Dalrymple was elected to his first full term with 63.1% of the vote in 2012, after first taking the seat in 2010 after John Hoeven resigned to become a U.S. Senator. Dalrymple was previously Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota from 2000 to 2010.

Republican candidates included Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem,[59] businessman Doug Burgum,[60] and State Representative and plastic surgeon Rick Becker. Burgum won the nomination.

Potential Democratic candidates included former Congressman Earl Pomeroy, state Senator George B. Sinner and state Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider.[59] Former Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel formed an exploratory a campaign but announced on Jan. 28, 2016 that she will not run for governor. Senator Heidi Heitkamp declined to run for governor.[61] State representative Marvin Nelson won his party's nomination.

Burgum won the election, taking 76.7% of the vote, while Nelson won 19.4%.[19]

North Dakota Republican primary[62]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Burgum 68,042 59.47
Republican Wayne Stenehjem 44,158 38.59
Republican Paul Sorum 2,164 1.89
Write-in 51 0.04
Total votes 114,415 100.00
North Dakota Democratic-NPL primary[62]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic-NPL Marvin Nelson 17,278 99.66
Write-in 59 0.34
Total votes 17,337 100.00
North Dakota general election[63]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Burgum 259,863 76.52
Democratic-NPL Marvin Nelson 65,855 19.39
Libertarian Marty Riske 13,230 3.90
Write-in 653 0.19
Total votes 339,601 100.00
Republican hold

Oregon (special)[edit]

2016 Oregon gubernatorial special election

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Nominee Kate Brown Bud Pierce
Party Democratic Republican
Alliance Working Families
Popular vote 985,027 845,609
Percentage 50.6% 43.5%

Oregon Governor Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County Results
Brown:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Pierce:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Kate Brown
Democratic

Elected Governor

Kate Brown
Democratic

Governor John Kitzhaber, who won reelection in 2014 with 49.9% of the vote, announced his pending resignation on February 13, 2015, amid controversy surrounding his fiancée's consulting contracts and work within his administration.[64] Kate Brown, Oregon's Secretary of State, was sworn in as governor on February 18, 2015 upon Kitzhaber's resignation. In accordance with the Constitution of Oregon, a special election was held in 2016 for the remainder of the term to which Kitzhaber was elected in 2014. Brown ran against Republican Bud Pierce, an Oncologist from Salem.[65]

Brown won the election, taking 50.5% of the vote compared to Pierce's 43.8%.[19] In winning, Kate Brown became the first openly LGBTQ Governor elected in the United States.[66]

Oregon Democratic primary[67]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kate Brown (incumbent) 494,890 83.03
Democratic Julian Bell 49,313 8.27
Democratic Dave Stauffer 16,108 2.70
Democratic Steve Johnson 13,363 2.24
Democratic Kevin M. Forsythe 10,147 1.70
Democratic Chet Chance 5,636 0.95
Write-in 6,595 1.11
Total votes 596,052 100.00
Oregon Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bud Pierce 171,158 47.66
Republican Allen Alley 103,388 28.79
Republican Bruce Cuff 41,598 11.58
Republican Bob Niemeyer 35,669 9.93
Republican Bob Forthan 4,290 1.19
Write-in 3,020 0.84
Total votes 359,123 100.00
Oregon general election[68]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kate Brown (incumbent) 985,027 50.62
Republican Bud Pierce 845,609 43.45
Independent Cliff Thomason 47,481 2.44
Libertarian James Foster 45,191 2.32
Constitution Aaron Donald Auer 19,400 1.00
Write-in 3,338 0.17
Total votes 1,946,046 100.00
Democratic hold

Utah[edit]

2016 Utah gubernatorial election

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Nominee Gary Herbert Mike Weinholtz
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Spencer Cox Kim Bowman
Popular vote 750,850 323,349
Percentage 66.7% 28.7%

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County Results
Herbert:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Weinholtz:      40-50%

Governor before election

Gary Herbert
Republican

Elected Governor

Gary Herbert
Republican

Incumbent Governor Gary Herbert ran for re-election.[69] He was the Lieutenant Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009 and became governor after Jon Huntsman, Jr. resigned to become United States Ambassador to China. He won the seat in a 2010 special election and was elected to his first full term with 68.4% of the vote in 2012. Herbert defeated businessman Jonathan Johnson to win the nomination.[69]

Businessman Michael Weinholtz won the Democratic nomination. Former Congressman Jim Matheson declined to run.[70]

Herbert won re-election, taking 66.6% of the vote compared to Weinholtz's 28.9%.[19]

Utah Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gary Herbert (incumbent) 176,866 71.75
Republican Jonathan E. Johnson 69,663 28.25
Total votes 246,529 100.00
Utah general election[71]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gary Herbert (incumbent) 750,850 66.74
Democratic Mike Weinholtz 323,349 28.74
Libertarian Brian Kamerath 34,827 3.10
Independent American Superdell Schanze 15,912 1.41
Write-in 97 0.01
Total votes 1,125,035 100.00
Republican hold

Vermont[edit]

2016 Vermont gubernatorial election

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Nominee Phil Scott Sue Minter
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 166,817 139,253
Percentage 52.9% 44.2%

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County results
Scott:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Minter:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

Peter Shumlin
Democratic

Elected Governor

Phil Scott
Republican

Three-term incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin declined to seek re-election.[72] He was re-elected with 46.4% of the vote in 2014. As he did not receive a majority of the vote, the Vermont General Assembly was required to choose the winner. The Vermont Assembly chose Shumlin over Republican nominee Scott Milne by 110 votes to 69.[73]

Sue Minter defeated former state senator Matt Dunne for the Democratic nomination for governor.[74] House Speaker Shap Smith withdrew from the race. Former lieutenant governor Doug Racine declined to run for governor.[75][76]

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott won the Republican nomination.[74] Former state senator and former Vermont Auditor of Accounts Randy Brock and 2014 Republican nominee Scott Milne declined to run for governor. Former Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano was a potential candidate.[75][76]

Scott won the election, taking 52.9% compared to Minter's 44.2%.[19]

Vermont Democratic primary[77]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sue Minter 35,979 51.20
Democratic Matt Dunne 26,699 38.00
Democratic Peter W. Galbraith 6,616 9.40
Democratic Cris Ericson 538 0.80
Democratic H. Brooke Paige 387 0.60
Write-in 579 1.84
Total votes 70,798 100.00
Vermont Republican primary[77]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Scott 27,669 60.50
Republican Bruce Lisman 18,055 39.50
Write-in 48 0.22
Total votes 45,772 100.00
Vermont general election[78]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Phil Scott 166,817 52.90
Democratic Sue Minter 139,253 44.17
Liberty Union Bill Lee 8,912 2.83
Write-in 313 0.10
Total votes 315,295 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

Washington[edit]

2016 Washington gubernatorial election

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Nominee Jay Inslee Bill Bryant
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,760,520 1,476,346
Percentage 54.2% 45.5%

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County results
Inslee:      50–60%      60–70%
Bryant:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Jay Inslee
Democratic

Elected Governor

Jay Inslee
Democratic

One-term incumbent Governor Jay Inslee ran for re-election. Inslee was elected in 2012 with 51.5% of the vote against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna. Inslee previously served as a U.S. Representative from 1993 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2012. Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant[79] advanced to the November general election. Potential Republican candidates include U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, State Senator Michael Baumgartner, and former State Representative Cathy Dahlquist.[79][80][81]

Inslee won re-election, taking 54.2% of the vote. Bryant won 45.5%.[82]

Washington blanket primary[83]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jay Inslee (incumbent) 687,412 49.30
Republican Bill Bryant 534,519 38.33
Republican Bill Hirt 48,382 3.47
Democratic Patrick O'Rourke 40,572 2.91
Independent Steve Rubenstein 22,582 1.62
Democratic James Robert Deal 14,623 1.05
Democratic Johnathan Dodds 14,152 1.01
Republican Goodspaceguy 13,191 0.95
Socialist Workers Mary Martin 10,374 0.74
Independent David Blomstrom 4,512 0.32
Independent Christian Joubert 4,103 0.29
Total votes 1,394,422 100.00
2016 Washington gubernatorial election[84]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jay Inslee (incumbent) 1,760,520 54.25% +2.71%
Republican Bill Bryant 1,476,346 45.49% -2.97%
Write-in 8,416 0.26% N/A
Total votes 3,245,282 100.00% N/A
Democratic hold

West Virginia[edit]

2016 West Virginia gubernatorial election

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Nominee Jim Justice Bill Cole
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 350,408 301,987
Percentage 49.1% 42.3%

 
Nominee Charlotte Pritt
Party Mountain
Popular vote 42,068
Percentage 5.9%

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County results
Justice:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Cole:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

Earl Ray Tomblin
Democratic

Elected Governor

Jim Justice
Democratic

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was term-limited in 2016.[85] Tomblin was first elected in a 2011 special election after Joe Manchin resigned after being elected to the United States Senate. Tomblin then won election to a full term in 2012.

Democratic candidates included former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, state Senator Jeff Kessler, and businessman Jim Justice. Former Senator Carte Goodwin, former Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates Rick Thompson, West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue, State Senator Mike Green and State Delegates Doug Reynolds, Doug Skaff and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant declined to seek the nomination. On May 10, 2016, Justice won the Democratic primary and became the nominee.[86]

President of the Senate Bill Cole, college student and former candidate for Mayor of Pineville Andrew Utterback, and former Bramwell Police Chief and former Democratic candidate for House of Delegates Edwin Vanover ran for the Republican nomination. U.S. Representatives David McKinley and Evan Jenkins declined to run for governor. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey had been considered a potential Republican candidate, but instead chose to run for re-election. Potential Republican candidates included State Delegate Erikka Storch and Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton.[87] Cole won the Republican nomination.

Justice won the election, taking 49.1% of the vote. Cole won 42.3%, while Charlotte Pritt of the Mountain Party won 5.9% of the vote.[19] Just months after assuming office, Justice switched to the Republican Party.[88]

West Virginia Democratic primary[89]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Justice 132,704 51.39
Democratic Booth Goodwin 65,416 25.32
Democratic Jeff Kessler 60,230 23.31
Total votes 258,350 100.00
West Virginia Republican primary[89]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Cole 161,127 100.00
Total votes 161,127 100.00
West Virginia general election[90]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Justice 350,408 49.09
Republican Bill Cole 301,987 42.30
Mountain Charlotte Pritt 42,068 5.89
Libertarian David Moran 15,354 2.15
Constitution Phil Hudok 4,041 0.57
Total votes 713,858 100.00
Democratic hold

Territories[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

2016 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election

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Nominee Ricardo Rosselló David Bernier
Party New Progressive Popular Democratic
Alliance Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 655,626 610,956
Percentage 41.8% 38.9%

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Nominee Alexandra Lúgaro Manuel Cidre
Party Independent Independent
Popular vote 174,529 89,890
Percentage 11.1% 5.7%

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Municipality map

Governor before election

Alejandro García Padilla
Popular Democratic

Elected Governor

Ricardo Rosselló
New Progressive

One-term incumbent Governor Alejandro García Padilla was eligible to run for re-election, but chose to retire.[91] García Padilla is a member of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP).[92]

David Bernier, former Secretary of State of Puerto Rico and former President of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, won the PDP nomination for governor.[93]

Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Pedro Pierluisi, who is affiliated with the New Progressive Party (PNP).[94] and activist and political commentator Ricky Rosselló sought the PNP nomination for governor, and Rosselló won the nomination.

Rosselló won the election.

Puerto Rico New Progressive primary[95]
Party Candidate Votes %
New Progressive Ricardo Rosselló 236,524 51.09
New Progressive Pedro Pierluisi 226,449 48.91
Total votes 462,973 100.00
Puerto Rico general election
Party Candidate Votes %
New Progressive Ricardo Rosselló 660,510 41.80
Popular Democratic David Bernier 614,190 38.87
Independent Alexandra Lúgaro 175,831 11.13
Independent Manuel Cidre 90,494 5.73
Puerto Rican Independence María de Lourdes Santiago 33,729 2.13
Worker's People Party Rafael Bernabe Riefkohl 5,430 0.34
Total votes 1,589,991 100.00
New Progressive gain from Popular Democratic
Democratic hold

American Samoa[edit]

2016 American Samoa gubernatorial election

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Nominee Lolo Matalasi Moliga Faoa Aitofele Sunia
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Running mate Lemanu Peleti Mauga Larry Sanitoa
Popular vote 7,235 4,305
Percentage 60.2% 35.8%

Governor before election

Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Democratic

Elected Governor

Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Democratic

One-term incumbent Governor Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga ran for re-election.[96] Moliga was elected in 2012 with 52.9% of the vote in the second round, after taking 33.5% of the vote in the first round. American Samoa requires a second round of voting if no candidate takes a majority of the vote in the first round.

Moliga won re-election.

American Samoa general election[97]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Lolo Matalasi Moliga (incumbent) 7,235 60.17
Nonpartisan Faoa Aitofele Sunia 4,305 35.80
Nonpartisan Tuika Tuika 484 4.03
Total votes 12,024 100.00
Democratic hold

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