The Green Papers: 2008 General Election
 
Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm 2008 Governor's Chairs
by State

This is a list of the current Governors' chairs, the incumbents occupying them, and the candidacy status of said incumbents. Chairs up for election in the year 2008 are marked as such.

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Alabama  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Bob Riley
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer Kay Ivey
  Candidate Republican     Tim James

Alaska  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Sarah H. Palin
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Running as John McCain's Vice President in 2008.
 

If Governor Sarah H. Palin becomes Vice President, the Lieutenant Governor would become acting Governor and the state's Attorney General would become Lieutenant Governor. Then, the acting Governor would call a special election to be held between 60 and 90 days after the Gubernatorial vacancy occurs.


Arizona  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: The Governor can not serve for more than 8 years
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit.
Monday 1 December 2008: Nominated for Secretary of Homeland Security by President-elect Obama

Arkansas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Mike Beebe
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

California  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
First elected in a special election: 2003; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     Lieutenant Governor John Raymond Garamendi
  Candidate Democratic     San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
  Candidate Democratic     Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  Candidate Democratic     Steve Westly
  Candidate Republican     former Congressman Tom Campbell
  Candidate Republican     Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner

Colorado  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Willliam "Bill" Ritter, Jr.
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Thomas Gerard "Tom" Tancredo
Announced candidacy October 2008

Connecticut  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell
succeeded to the Governorship, 1 July 2004, upon the resignation of Governor John Rowland who had announced said resignation on 21 June 2004; First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
  Candidate Democratic     Jim Amann

Delaware  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

Chair up for election
Open
Democratic Governor Ruth Ann Minner
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004.
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
 Polls: Democratic Treasurer Jack A. Markell
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 266,861 67.52% Treasurer Jack A. Markell
  Candidate Republican 126,662 32.05% William Swain "Bill" Lee
Received his party's nomination at the 3 May 2008 State Convention.
  Candidate Blue Enigma Party 1,681 0.43% Jeffrey Brown
Total 395,204 100.00%  

Florida  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Charlie Crist
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Independent     Piotr Blass
for Lt. Governor: Jinamarie Gallo

Georgia  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Sonny Perdue
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     David Poythress
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle
  Candidate Republican     Comptroller General/Insurance Commissioner John Weimann Oxendine

Hawaii  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Linda Lingle
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

Idaho  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
  Candidate Democratic     W. Lane Startin

Illinois  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
Governor Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested on 9 December 2008 on corruption charges. Media reports indicate the Governor tried to sell the appointment to President-elect Obama's vacant Senate Seat in exchange for favors.

Indiana  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

Chair up for election Republican Governor Mitchell E. "Mitch" Daniels, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Republican - Republican Governor Mitchell E. "Mitch" Daniels, Jr.
  Elected Republican 1,563,885 57.84% Governor Mitchell E. "Mitch" Daniels, Jr.
Running mate for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
  Candidate Democratic 1,082,463 40.04% former Representative Jill Lynette Long Thompson
Running mate for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Dennie Oxley, II
  Candidate Libertarian; (Boston Tea) 57,376 2.12% Andrew "Andy" Horning
Running mate for Lieutenant Governor: Lisa Kelly
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 19 0.00% Christopher Stried
Running mate for Lt. Governor: Fallon O'Brien
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 9 0.00% Timothy Lee Frye
Total 2,703,752 100.00%  

Iowa  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Chester "Chet" Culver
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Kansas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh

Kentucky  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2007, 2011. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Steven L. "Steve" Beshear
First elected: 2007
Chair up for election: Tuesday 8 November 2011
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 

The runoff was removed from [KSR 118.245 (2)] effective 15 July 2008. The old law: "If no Gubernatorial Slate receives 40% of the vote in the their party's primary, the top two slates advance to a run-off". The new law: "The slate of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor receiving the highest number of votes in a primary shall be the nominees"


Louisiana  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2007, 2011. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
First elected: 2007
Chair up for election: Tuesday 8 November 2011
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Maine  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor John Elias Baldacci
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Green     Lynne Williams

Maryland  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Republican     Mike Pappas

Massachusetts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Deval L. Patrick
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
  Candidate Independent     Christy Mihos

Michigan  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     Flint Mayor Donald J. "Don" Williamson
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General Mike Cox

Minnesota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Tom Bakk
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Susan Gaertner
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     State Representative Paul Thissen

Mississippi  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2007, 2011. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Haley Barbour
First elected: 2003; re-elected: 2007
Chair up for election: Tuesday 8 November 2011
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

Missouri  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

Chair up for election
Open
Republican Governor Matt Blunt
First elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Open Chair - 22 January 2008: Announced he would not run for re-election.
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Attorney General Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 1,680,611 58.40% Attorney General Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon
  Candidate Republican 1,136,364 39.49% Congressman Kenny Charles Kenny Charles Hulshof
Congressman CD 9
  Candidate Libertarian 31,850 1.11% Andrew W. "Andy" Finkenstadt
  Candidate Constitution 28,941 1.01% Gregory E. Thompson
  Candidate Write-in 8 0.00% Mark Serati
  Candidate Write-in 4 0.00% Theodis "Ted" Brown, Sr.
Total 2,877,778 100.00%  

Montana  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 4-term period
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

Chair up for election Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Renominated - 3 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer
  Elected Democratic 318,670 65.47% Governor Brian Schweitzer
For Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor John C. Bohlinger
  Candidate Republican 158,268 32.52% state Senator Roy Brown
For Lieutenant Governor: Steve Daines
  Candidate Libertarian 9,796 2.01% Stan Jones
For Lieutenant Governor: Michael Baker
Total 486,734 100.00%  

Nebraska  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Dave Heineman
Succeeded to the Governor's Chair upon the 20 January 2005 resignation of Governor Mike Johanns; first elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Nevada  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor James Arthur "Jim" Gibbons
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 

 
15 February 2007: Media reports state that Governor Gibbons is the target of an FBI investigation. There are allegations that Governor Gibbons received payments, while he served in Congress, from a company awarded military contracts.


New Hampshire  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2008. Term Limit: None. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

Chair up for election Democratic Governor John Lynch
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 9 September 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Governor John Lynch
  Elected Democratic 479,042 70.15% Governor John Lynch
  Candidate Republican 188,555 27.61% state Senator Joseph D. "Joe" Kenney
  Candidate Independent; (Libertarian) 14,987 2.19% Susan M. Newell
  Candidate Scattering 326 0.05% Write-Ins
Total 682,910 100.00%  

New Jersey  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2005, 2009. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine
First elected: 2005
Chair up for election: Tuesday 3 November 2009
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     Jeffrey Harlan "Jeff" Boss
  Candidate Republican     Steven M. "Steve" Lonegan

New Mexico  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor William B. "Bill" Richardson
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit. Was a President canddiate in 2008.
Wednesday 3 December 2008: Nominated for Secretary of Commerce by President-elect Obama.

New York  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor David A. Paterson
As Lieutenant Governor, succeeded to the Governorship upon the resignation of Governor Eliot L. Spitzer, effective 17 March 2008 (announced 12 March 2008)
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

North Carolina  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

Chair up for election
Open
Democratic Governor Mike Easley
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Lieutenant Governor Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 2,146,189 50.27% Lieutenant Governor Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue
  Candidate Republican 2,001,168 46.88% Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory
  Candidate Libertarian 121,584 2.85% Michael Munger
Total 4,268,941 100.00%  

North Dakota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

Chair up for election Republican Governor John Hoeven
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Governor John Hoeven
  Elected Republican 235,009 74.44% Governor John Hoeven
For Lieutenant Governor: Jack Dalrymple
  Candidate Democratic-Nonpartisan League 74,279 23.53% state Senator Tim Mathern
For Lieutenant Governor: Merle Boucher
  Candidate Independent 6,404 2.03% DuWayne Hendrickson
Lieutenant Governor: Dana Brandenberg
  Candidate Write-in     Gregg Boyer
Total 315,692 100.00%  

Ohio  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Ted Strickland
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Oklahoma  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Brad Henry
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General Edward "Drew" Edmondson

Oregon  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
27 August 2008: Indicated interest in running

Pennsylvania  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Edward G. "Ed" Rendell
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     Thomas "Tom" Knox

Rhode Island  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Donald L. Carcieri
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

South Carolina  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Marshall C. "Mark" Sanford, Jr.
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

South Dakota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Mike Rounds
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

Tennessee  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Philip N. "Phil" Bredesen
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Lincoln Edward Davis
CD 4
  Candidate Democratic     Kim McMillan
  Candidate Republican     Carl "Two Feathers" Whitaker

Texas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Rick Perry
Lt. Gov. Rick Perry became Governor 21 December 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to take the office of President of the United States. First elected to a full term: 2002, re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
  Candidate Republican     Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Utah  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

Chair up for election Republican Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 May 2008 Convention
 Polls: Republican Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
  Elected Republican 735,049 77.66% Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Runningmate Lieutenant Governor Gary R. Herbert
  Candidate Democratic 186,503 19.70% Bob Springmeyer
Running mate: Josie Valdez
  Candidate Libertarian 24,820 2.62% Dell "SuperDell" Schanze
Runningmate: Joey Hobbs
  Candidate Write-in 153 0.02% Doughton
  Candidate Write-in; (Personal Choice)     Kenneth Rex "Ken" Larsen
Total 946,525 100.00%  

Vermont  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2008. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

Chair up for election Republican Governor James H. "Jim" Douglas
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2004, 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 9 September 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Governor James H. "Jim" Douglas
  Elected Republican 170,492 53.43% Governor James H. "Jim" Douglas
  Candidate Independent; (Democratic; Progressive) 69,791 21.87% Anthony Pollina
Formerly associated with the Democratic and Vermont Progressive parties. Ran was a write-in candidate under the banner of the Progressive Party in the 9 September Primary.
  Candidate Democratic 69,534 21.79% state Representative Gaye Symington
  Candidate Independent 3,106 0.97% Anthony "Tony" O'Connor
Party affiliation: Cheap Renewable Energy
  Candidate Independent 2,490 0.78% Sam Young
  Candidate Liberty Union 1,710 0.54% Peter Diamondstone
  Candidate Independent; (Marijuana) 1,704 0.53% Cris Ericson
  Candidate Scattering 258 0.08% Write-in Votes
 If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in November General Election, the state Legislature chooses the next Governor.
Total 319,085 100.00%  

Virginia  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2005, 2009. Term Limit: ineligble to immediately succeed after a given 4-year term
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Timothy M. "Tim" Kaine
First elected: 2005
Chair up for election: Tuesday 3 November 2009
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Creigh Deeds
  Candidate Democratic     Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe
former Democratic National Committee chairman
  Candidate Democratic     former state Delegate Brian J. Moran
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General Robert F. "Bob" McDonnell

Washington  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

Chair up for election Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
on General Election ballot - 19 August 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire favored over Republican Dino Rossi
  Elected Democratic 1,598,738 53.24% Governor Christine Gregoire
Prefers Democratic Party
  Candidate Republican 1,404,124 46.76% Dino Rossi
Prefers G.O.P. Party
Total 3,002,862 100.00%  

West Virginia  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

Chair up for election Democratic Governor Joe Manchin, III
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Renominated - 13 May 2008
 Polls: Democratic Governor Joe Manchin, III
  Elected Democratic 492,697 69.80% Governor Joe Manchin, III
  Candidate Republican 181,612 25.73% Russell E. "Russ" Weeks, Jr.
  Candidate Mountain 31,317 4.44% Jesse Johnson
  Candidate Write-in; (Constitution) 234 0.03% Butch Paugh
  Candidate Write-in 17 0.00% James Davis
Total 705,877 100.00%  

Wisconsin  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Jim Doyle
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Wyoming  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 4-term period. The Wyoming Supreme Court determined on 4 May 2004 that term limits require an amendment to the state constitution rather than, as they were, imposed by a 1992 ballot initiative. At the time, the ruling was not applied to statewide offices. Reference: CATHCART v. MEYER, 2004 WY 49, 88 P.3d 1050, Case Number: 04-32, 04-33, 04-34, Decided: 05/04/2004
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Dave Freudenthal
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic
  Democratic-Farmer Labor
  Democratic-Nonpartisan League
  Republican
Major Third Parties
  Green
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Blue Enigma Party
  Boston Tea
  Constitution
  Liberty Union
  Marijuana
  Mountain
  Personal Choice
  Progressive
Independents
  Independent
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering
  Write-in
 

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.


 


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  1976-2004 Presidential Election State Voting Trends  
  Relative Political Party Strength in each State per Federal/State Elections  
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  Explanation of the Debate Scoring System  


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