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Updated Nov. 7, 2016

2016 gubernatorial ratings map

2016 gubernatorial candidates

State Incumbent Possible Primary Challengers Major Party Opposition Third party Party Rating
DE Jack Markell
– Rep. John Carney – State Sen. Colin Bonini
– Retired state trooper Lacey Lafferty
– Flight engineer Sean Goward (Lib) Safe D
IN Mike Pence
– Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb – 2012 nominee John Gregg – Businessman Rex Bell (Lib) Leans D
MO Jay Nixon
– AG Chris Koster – Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens – 2010 SEN candidate Cisse Spragins (Lib) Leans R
MT Steve Bullock
– Businessman Greg Gianforte – 2010 ID GOV nominee Ted Dunlap (Lib) Leans D
NC Pat McCrory
– AG Roy Cooper – 2010 NC-12 nominee Lon Cecil (Lib) Leans D
ND Jack Dalrymple
– Fmr software executive Doug Burgum – State Rep. Marvin Nelson – Tech executive Marty Riske (Lib) Safe R
NH Maggie Hassan
(Running for Senate)
– Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern
– Ex-NH securities chief Mark Connolly
– Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand
– Executive Councilor Chris Sununu
– State Rep. Frank Edelblut
– Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas
– State Sen. Jeannie Forrester
– State Rep. Max Abramson (Lib)
– Financial sector employee Jilletta Jarvis (Ind)
Leans D
OR* Kate Brown
– Physician Bud Pierce Safe D
UT Gary Herbert
– Businessman Michael Weinholtz – UT Lib Party secretary Brian Kamerath (Lib)
– Businessman Dell Schanze (Ind Am)
– Retired Dentist L. S. Brown (Ind)
Safe R
VT Peter Shumlin
– Ex-state Transportation Secretary Sue Minter – Lt. Gov. Phil Scott – Retired MLB pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee (Lib Union) Leans R
WA Jay Inslee
– Ex-Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant Safe D
WV Earl Ray Tomblin
– Businessman Jim Justice – State Sen. Bill Cole/td>

– 2012 GOV nominee David Moran (Lib)
Ex-state Sen. Charlotte Pritt (Mt)
Leans D

*Oregon will have a special election in 2016 because of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s (D) resignation.

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