DemDaily: Two For 2017

February 16, 2017

38 Governor's races are in the 2018 election cycle, including two - Virginia and New Jersey - up this year.

Although the GOP holds an unprecedented 33 gubernatorial seats to the Dem's 16, and one independent (Bill Walker, AK), they will have to defend 27 of those seats in the 2018 cycle.

Every post-World War II president saw his Party lose net governorships from beginning to end of his term, which is compounded by the fact that mid-term elections historically favor the Party outside the White House.

Winning governorships and state legislatures will be critical to control of the 2020 Census and Congressional redistricting -- as most new state maps are drawn by state legislatures.

2018 is an opportunity for Democrats to regain ground and, at this point in the game, the numbers and history are on their side.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe won his first term in 2013 with 47.8%, but cannot run again because Virginia is the only state that prohibits its Governor from serving consecutive terms.

Democrats (*Confirmed Candidates)
Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor*
Tom Perriello, former Congressman (VA-05)*
Brian Moran, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and former Gubernatorial Candidate (2009)
Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman (2003-2005) and 2014 US Senate nominee*
Corey Stewart, former Trump Virginia Campaign Chair, Chair of Prince William County Board of Supervisors and Candidate for Lt Governor in 2013*

Frank Wagner - State senator*
Denver Riggleman - Businessman*

Candidate Filing Deadline: March 30, 2017
Primary Election: June 13th, 2017

Although a swing state, Democrats have won every statewide election since 2009. In the 2016 Presidential, Hillary Clinton carried the state by more than 5%.

2016 Presidential: Clinton 55.5% to Trump 41.4%


Christie, who won re-election to his second term with 60.3% is term-limited. 

Bill Brennan - Political activist and former firefighter*
Bob Hoatson - Former teacher and priest*
Jim Johnson - Former Undersecretary of the US Treasury, Clinton administration*
Ray Lesniak - State senator*
Phil Murphy - Goldman Sachs executive and former US Ambassador to Germany*
John Wisniewski - Assemblyman*
Joe DiVincenzo - Essex County executive

Jack Ciattarelli - Assemblyman*
Kim Guadagno - Lieutenant Governor*
Steve Rogers - Township Commissioner of Nutley*
Joseph Rudy Rullo - Businessman*
Jon Bramnick - Assembly Minority Leader
Randy Brown - Mayor of Evesham
Thomas Kean - Senate Minority Leader
Joe Piscopo - Professional entertainer and talk radio host

Green Party: Seth Kaper-Dale

Candidate Filing Deadline: April 3, 2017
Primary Election: June 6th, 2017

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Sources: Cook Report, Rothenberg-Gonzales, Huffington Post, The Hill, Sabato, Maps: CNN

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