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.

  Alabama    Alaska    Arizona    Arkansas    California    Colorado    Connecticut    Delaware    Florida    Georgia    Hawaii    Idaho    Illinois    Indiana    Iowa    Kansas    Kentucky    Louisiana    Maine    Maryland    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Mississippi    Missouri    Montana    Nebraska    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    New Mexico    New York    North Carolina    North Dakota    Ohio    Oklahoma    Oregon    Pennsylvania    Rhode Island    South Carolina    South Dakota    Tennessee    Texas    Utah    Vermont    Virginia    Washington    West Virginia    Wisconsin    Wyoming 

Gubernatorial Links

           

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.

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.

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) **

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.

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

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"


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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) **

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


 


  2008 General Election Home  
 
  U.S. Senate Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Gubernatorial Popular Vote by Party  
  U.S. House Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Close Contests Summary - Decision by 2% or less  
  Contests Where No Candidate Received a Majority  
 
Electoral College
  Allocation       How Appointed       Meeting Place (15 December)  
  Duly Appointed Electors       Tabulation by Congress (8 January 2009)  
  THE "FAITHLESS ELECTORS" - Presidential Electors who have defected in the past  
  May Electors Defect?  
  DATES OF U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION "EVENTS": 1789 to the present  
  "APPARENT" ELECTORAL VOTE for President of the United States: 1856 to present  
  ELECTORAL VOTE for President of the United States (as pledged and as officially counted)  
  ELECTORAL VOTE for Vice President of the United States (as pledged and as officially counted)  
 
  Contests to Watch and Polling Data  
 
2008 Primaries and Runoffs for Statewide offices/Congress
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically   --   Poll Closing Times  
....
General Election Poll Closing Times
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically   --   Electoral College  
....
  President (Details)     Governors     Senate     House  
....
  Senators by 'Class'  
  Governors by election 'cycle'  
....
  Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance   --   Senatorial Primaries at a Glance  
....
  Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats (the incumbent is not running for re-election)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with no incumbent running for them  
  Uncontested Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats (one candidate running for office)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with multiple incumbents running for them  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with only one major party candidate running for office  
....
  2008 Partisan Composition by State  
....
  Political Parties  
....
  Senate Electoral Classes  
....
  1976-2004 Presidential Election State Voting Trends  
  Relative Political Party Strength in each State per Federal/State Elections  
....
  Explanation of the Debate Scoring System  


The Green Papers Home