The Green Papers: 2017 General Election
 
Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm 2017 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 2017 are marked as such.

There have been 0 deaths, 1 resignations, and 0 changes of party affiliation in 2017.

  • Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican, Alabama) resigned on 10 April 2017 amid a sex scandal. Following his resignation, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (Republican) was sworn in as Governor.

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Alabama  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Kay Ivey
Ascended to the chair 10 April 2017 following the resigation of Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican).
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     Jason Childs
  Candidate Democratic     former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb
  Candidate Democratic     Christopher A. Countryman
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative James C. Fields, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     Tuscaloosa Mayor  Walt Maddox
  Candidate Republican     Huntsville Mayor  Thomas "Tommy" Battle, Jr.
    Republican     Jefferson County Commissioner  David Carrington - apparently not a candidate
13 September 2017: "I've decided it's time for me to end my campaign for Governor."
  Candidate Republican     Scott Dawson
    Republican     former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Lee George - apparently not a candidate
13 November 2017: Dropped out endorsing Governor Kay Ivey.
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Bill Hightower
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Kay Ivey
  Candidate Republican     Joshua "Josh" Jones
  Candidate Republican     Agriculture and Industries Commissioner  John McMillan
15 May 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Auditor  Jim Zeigler
21 June 2017: Formed an Exploratory committee for Governor.
  Candidate Independent     Chad "Chig" Martin
 10 April 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, resigned amid a sex scandal. Following his resignation, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (Republican) was sworn in as Governor.
10 April 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley was booked at the Montgomery County jail on misdemeanor charges involving campaign finance violations.

Alaska  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Independent

  Independent Governor  Bill Walker
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
    Republican     state Senator  Mike Dunleavy - apparently not a candidate
12 September 2017: Suspended campaign due to health issues.
  Candidate Republican     Scott Hawkins
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator Charlie Huggins
  Candidate Republican     Jacob Kern
  Candidate Republican     Michael D. Sheldon
  Candidate Independent     Governor  Bill Walker
for Lieutenant Governor: Byron I. Mallott
 Governor Bill Walker was previously affiliated with the Republican Party.

Arizona  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: The Governor can not serve for more than 8 years
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Doug Ducey
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     Noah "Noé" Dyer
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Steve Farley
  Candidate Democratic     David R. Garcia
  Candidate Libertarian     Merissa Hamilton
  Candidate Libertarian     Barry Hess
  Candidate Libertarian     Kevin McCormick

Arkansas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Asa Hutchinson
First elected: 2014.
Previously served in the U.S. Congress: 3 January 1997 - 6 August 2001
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Libertarian     Mark West

California  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.
First elected: 2010 (Governor Brown served 2 terms as Governor-- from 1975 through 1983); re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     Akinyemi Agbede
  Candidate Republican     Assemblyman  Travis Allen
  Candidate Republican     Daniel Amare
  Candidate Democratic     David Asem
  Candidate Republican     Stasyi Barth
  Candidate No Party Preference     Michael Bilger
  Candidate No Party Preference     Andy Blanch
  Candidate Democratic     Michael Robert Bracamontes
  Candidate Democratic     Juan Bribiesca
  Candidate Republican     John-Leslie Brown
  Candidate No Party Preference     David Bush
  Candidate Green     Christopher Carlson
  Candidate Democratic     Treasurer  John Chiang
17 May 2016: Announced his candidacy for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     John Cox
  Candidate No Party Preference     Peter Crawford-Valentino
  Candidate Democratic     Ted Crisell
  Candidate Republican     Brian Domingo
  Candidate Democratic     former Public Instruction Superintendent Delaine Eastin
  Candidate Republican     Yvonne Girard
  Candidate Republican     Rosey Grier
    Republican     former Assemblyman David Hadley - apparently not a candidate
19 July 2017: Dropped out.
  Candidate No Party Preference     Grant Handlik
  Candidate Republican     Tulare County Supervisor Allen Ishida
  Candidate Libertarian     Zoltan Istvan
Transhumanist
  Candidate No Party Preference     Analila Joya
  Candidate Democratic     Harmesh Kumar
  Candidate No Party Preference     Joshua Laine
  Candidate Republican     Peter Y. Liu
  Candidate Republican     Jacob Morris
  Candidate Republican     Robert Newman, II
  Candidate Democratic     Lieutenant Governor  Gavin Newsom
11 February 2015: Announced his candidacy for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate No Party Preference     Timothy Richardson
  Candidate No Party Preference     Boris Romanowsky
  Candidate No Party Preference     H. Fuji Shioura
  Candidate No Party Preference     Lindsey Neil Shortland
  Candidate Republican     Laura Smith
  Candidate No Party Preference     Scot Sturtevant
  Candidate Democratic     Klement Tinaj
  Candidate No Party Preference     James Tran
  Candidate Democratic     former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
10 November 2016: Announced his candidacy for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate No Party Preference     Frederic Prinz von Anhalt
  Candidate Democratic     former state Controller Steve Westly
Possible candidate. Served as Controller 2002 - 2006.
  Candidate Libertarian     Nickolas Wildstar

Colorado  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor John W. Hickenlooper
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     Adam Garrity
  Candidate Democratic     Noel Ginsburg
  Candidate Democratic     Moses Carmen Humes
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Michael "Mike" Johnston
  Candidate Democratic     former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy
  Candidate Democratic     Lieutenant Governor  Donna Lynne
1 August 2017: Filed to run for Governor.
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Jared Polis
Congressional District 2.
11 June 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Democratic     Michael Schroeder
  Candidate Democratic     Erik M. Underwood
  Candidate Republican     Steve Barlock
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Cynthia H. Coffman
8 November 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018
  Candidate Republican     Larimer County Commissioner  Lew Gaiter, III
  Candidate Republican     former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Victor "Vic" Mitchell
  Candidate Republican     Doug Robinson
  Candidate Republican     Jim Rundberg
  Candidate Republican     JoAnne Silva
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Walker Stapleton
  Candidate Republican     former Congressman  Thomas G. "Tom" Tancredo
First elected as a Republican to the U.S. House: 1998; re-elected 2000-2006; not a candidate for reelection: 2008; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination: 2008; unsuccessful American Constitution Party candidate for Governor of Colorado: 2010; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado: 2014.
  Candidate Green     Véronique Bellamy
  Candidate American Constitution     George Cantrell
  Candidate Unity     William "Bill" Hammons
  Candidate Independent     Kathleen Cunningham
  Candidate Independent     Korey Paul Starkey
  Candidate Independent     Michael Wilbourn
  Candidate Independent     Matthew Wood

Connecticut  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Dannel P. "Dan" Malloy
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Chair - 13 April 2017: Will not run for re-election in 2018.
  Candidate Democratic     Dita Bhargava
  Candidate Democratic     former state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly
  Candidate Democratic     Middletown Mayor  Dan Drew
  Candidate Democratic     Bridgeport Mayor  Joseph Peter "Joe" Ganim
  Candidate Democratic     former state senator Jonathan A. Harris
  Candidate Democratic     Chris Mattei
  Candidate Democratic     Jacey Wyatt
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Toni Boucher
  Candidate Republican     Danbury Mayor  Mark D. Boughton
  Candidate Republican     Michael "Mike" Handler
  Candidate Republican     Trumbull Selectman  Timothy M. "Tim" Herbst
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Tony Hwang
  Candidate Republican     Shelton Mayor  Mark A. Lauretti
  Candidate Republican     Peter Lumaj
  Candidate Republican     Steve Obsitnik
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Prasad Srinivasan
  Candidate Republican     Robert "Bob" Stefanowski
  Candidate Republican     former U.S. Comptroller General David M. "Dave" Walker

Delaware  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  John Charles Carney, Jr.
Previously served in the U.S. House 2011-2017. First elected to the Governor's Chair: 2016.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Florida  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Richard L. "Rick" Scott
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
    Democratic     Henry Davis - apparently not a candidate
Withdrew
    Democratic     Lucretia Serena Fordyce - apparently not a candidate
Withdrew
  Candidate Democratic     Tallahassee Mayor  Andrew D. Gillum
  Candidate Democratic     former Congressman  Gwendolyn "Gwen" Graham
Served in Congress January 2015-January 2017. Did not run for re-election in 2016.
  Candidate Democratic     Chris King
  Candidate Democratic     Thomas Christopher King
  Candidate Democratic     Josue Larose
  Candidate Democratic     Miami Beach Mayor  Philip Louis Levine
    Democratic     Brooke Russell Locke Marx - apparently not a candidate
Withdrew
  Candidate Democratic     Louis Earl McClanahan, III
  Candidate Republican     David Adams
  Candidate Republican     Issak Almaleh
  Candidate Republican     Don Baldauf
  Candidate Republican     Timothy Michael "Tim" Devine
  Candidate Republican     Usha Jain
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Jack Latvala
  Candidate Republican     John Joseph Mercadante
  Candidate Republican     Bruce F. Nathan
  Candidate Republican     Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services  Adam H. Putnam
  Candidate Republican     Armando Adames Rivas
  Candidate Republican     Angel Luis Rivera
  Candidate Republican     Robert William "Bob" White
    Republican     Nathan Dale Wilson - apparently not a candidate
Withdrew
  Candidate Constitution     Daniel Paul Zutler
  Candidate Libertarian     former Lake County School Board Member Randy Wiseman
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Richard Paul Dembinsky
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Kyle Chaderwick "KC" Gibson
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Anthony "Tony" Knox, Sr.

Georgia  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor John Nathan "Nathan" Deal
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative  Stacey Abrams
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Lowell S. "Casey" Cagle
11 April 2017: Filed paperwork to run for Governor.
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator  Hunter Hill
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Brian Porter Kemp
31 March 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Clay Tippins
  Candidate Republican     Marc Alan Urbach
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Michael Williams
  Candidate Libertarian     Doug Craig

Hawaii  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  David Yutaka Ige
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     Ernest Caravalho
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Colleen Wakako Hanabusa
CD 1.
1 September 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator John Carroll
    Republican     state Representative  Bob McDermott - apparently not a candidate
Running for re-election in the state House.
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Andria P.L. Tupola

Idaho  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Chair - 14 October 2014: "Won't run for a fourth term" in 2018.
  Candidate Democratic     Boise School Board Trustee  A.J. Balukoff
  Candidate Democratic     Troy Minton
  Candidate Republican     Tommy Ahlquist
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Raúl Rafael Labrador
9 May 2017: Announced he is a candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     HyDee Liebelt
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Brad Little
29 June 2016: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Lisa Marie
  Candidate Republican     Steve Pankey
  Candidate Independent     Adam Phillips
  Candidate Independent     Michael Richardson
  Candidate Independent     John Thomas Wiechec

Illinois  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Bruce Rauner
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Daniel Biss
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Litesa Wallace

7 September 2017: Senator Biss drops Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate.
  Candidate Democratic     Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools  Robert A. "Bob" Daiber
for Lieutenant Governor: Jonathan Todd
  Candidate Democratic     Tio Hardiman
for Lieutenant Governor: Patricia Avery
  Candidate Democratic     Chris Kennedy
for Lieutenant Governor: Ra Joy
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Marshall
  Candidate Democratic     Alex Paterakis
    Democratic     Chicago Alderman  Ameya Pawar - apparently not a candidate
for Lieutenant Governor: Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman

12 October 2017: "I don’t have the wealth or connections to keep going."
  Candidate Democratic     J.B. Pritzker
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Juliana Stratton
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Jeanne M. Ives
for Lieutenant Governor: former state Representative Rich Morthland
  Candidate Republican     William J. Kelly
for Lieutenant Governor: Ray Tranchant
  Candidate Constitution     Randy Stufflebeam
  Candidate Libertarian     Grayson "Kash" Jackson
a.k.a. Benjamin Adam Winderweedle
  Candidate Libertarian     Matthew C. Scaro
  Candidate Libertarian     Jon Stewart

Indiana  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Eric Joseph Holcomb
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Iowa  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
Ascended to the Governor's Chair: 24 May 2017 [re: Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resignation to become Ambassador to China].
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Nate Boulton
  Candidate Democratic     Cathy Glasson
  Candidate Democratic     Fred Hubbell
    Democratic     former Director of Iowa's Department of Natural Resources Richard "Rich" Leopold - apparently not a candidate
7 June 2017: Suspending operations.
  Candidate Democratic     Andy McGuire
  Candidate Democratic     former Des Moines School Board President Jon Neiderbach
  Candidate Democratic     John Norris
    Democratic     state Representative  Todd Prichard - apparently not a candidate
15 August 2017: Suspended his campaign.
  Candidate Democratic     Gary Wells
  Candidate Democratic     former Iowa City Mayor Wilburn Wilburn
  Candidate Republican     Cedar Rapids Mayor  Ron Corbett
  Candidate Republican     Boone City Councilman  Steven Paul Ray
  Candidate Libertarian     Marco Battaglia
  Candidate Libertarian     Jake Porter
  Candidate Independent     Brent Roske
  

Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resigned on 24 May 2017. The Governor was nominated on 7 December 2016 by President-elect Trump to be Ambassador to China, accepted the nomination on 13 December 2016, and on 23 May 2017 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, 82-13. Governor Branstad served as Governor from 1983 to 1999 and 2011 to 2017, 22 years in all and was last elected in 2014.


Kansas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - 27 July 2017: Nominated for Ambassador for Religious Freedom in the Trump Administration.
  Candidate Democratic     Arden Andersen
  Candidate Democratic     Jack Bergerson
for Lieutenant Governor: Alexander Cline

31 August 2017: This candidate is 16 years old.
  Candidate Democratic     former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Klingenberg
  Candidate Democratic     former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua "Josh" Svaty
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Jim Ward
  Candidate Republican     former state Senator Jim Barnett
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Jeff Colyer
8 August 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Wink Hartman
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Mark Hutton
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Kris W. Kobach
  Candidate Republican     Patrick "PK" Kucera
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Ed O'Malley
  Candidate Republican     Ethan Randleas
28 September 2017: This candidate is 17 years old.
  Candidate Republican     Tyler Ruzich
28 September 2017: This candidate is 17 years old.
  Candidate Republican     Dominic Scavuzzo
  Candidate Republican     Insurance Commissioner  Ken Selzer
  Candidate Independent     Richard "Rick" Kloos

Kentucky  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Matthew Griswold "Matt" Bevin
First elected: 2015
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Louisiana  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  John Bel Edwards
First elected: 2015
Chair up for regular election: Saturday 26 October 2019
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Maine  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Paul R. LePage
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Jim Boyle
  Candidate Democratic     Adam Cote
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Mark Dion
  Candidate Democratic     Patrick "Ike" Eisenhart
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative  Mark W. Eves
  Candidate Democratic     state Attorney General  Janet T. Mills
    Democratic     Kenneth "Ken" Pinet - apparently not a candidate
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Diane Russell
  Candidate Democratic     Cynthia Soma-Hernandez
  Candidate Democratic     Betsy Sweet
  Candidate Democratic     J. Martin Vachon
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Kenneth Wade "Ken" Fredette
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Garrett Mason
  Candidate Republican     former state Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew
  Candidate Republican     Shawn Moody
    Republican     Deril Stubenrod - apparently not a candidate
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Michael "Mike" Thibodeau
  Candidate Green     Jay Dresser
  Candidate Green     Betsy Marsano
  Candidate Libertarian     Richard Light
  Candidate Independent     Alan Caron
  Candidate Independent     state Treasurer  Teresea M. "Terry" Hayes
  Candidate Independent     former state Senator John Jenkins
  Candidate Independent     Karmo Sanders

Maryland  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Lawrence J. "Larry" Hogan, Jr.
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
22 June 2015: Governor Hogan announced that he has advanced and aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  Candidate Democratic     Prince George's County Executive  Rushern L. Baker, III
  Candidate Democratic     Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Wife of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, CD 7.
  Candidate Democratic     Ralph Jaffe
for Lieutenant Governor: Freda Jaffe
  Candidate Democratic     Ben Jealous
  Candidate Democratic     Baltimore County Executive  Kevin B. Kamenetz
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Richard S. "Rich" Madaleno, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     Alec J. Ross
  Candidate Democratic     former State University Regent Jim Shea
  Candidate Democratic     Krish Vignarajah
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Lawrence J. "Larry" Hogan, Jr.
for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford
  Candidate Libertarian     Shawn Quinn
for Lieutenant Governor: Christina Smith

Massachusetts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Charles D. "Charlie" Baker, Jr.
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  Candidate Democratic     former Secretary of Finance Jay Gonzalez
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Kinloch "Bob" Massie, IV
  Candidate Democratic     Newton Mayor  Setti D. Warren
  Candidate Republican     Barnstable County Commissioner  Ronald R. "Ron" Beaty

Michigan  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Richard D. "Rick" Snyder
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     William Cecil "Bill" Cobbs
  Candidate Democratic     former Detroit Health Director Adbulrahman M. "Abdul" El-Sayed
  Candidate Democratic     Geoffrey N. Fieger
  Candidate Democratic     John F. Freeman
  Candidate Democratic     Justin David Giroux
  Candidate Democratic     Shri Thanedar
  Candidate Democratic     Kentiel Dion White
  Candidate Democratic     forner state Senator Gretchen Whitmer
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Patrick Colbeck
  Candidate Republican     Joseph Thomas Derose
  Candidate Republican     James R. "Jim" Hines
  Candidate Republican     Mark A. McFarlin
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  William D. "Bill" Schuette
12 September 2017: Announced he is running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Evan Sebastian Space
  Candidate Green     Jennifer V. Kurland
  Candidate Green; Socialist Party USA     Dwain Clarence Reynolds, III
  Candidate Libertarian     William H. "Bill" Gelineau
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Ryan Henry Cox
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Todd M. Schleiger
  Candidate No Party Affiliation     Richard A. Sills

Minnesota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor Mark Dayton
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Chair - 21 November 2016: Retiring at the end of his term.
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Saint Paul Mayor  Christopher B. "Chris" Coleman
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Tina Liebling
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Erin Murphy
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Auditor  Rebecca Otto
9 January 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     state Representative  Paul Thissen
  Candidate Democratic-Farmer Labor     Congressman  Timothy J. "Tim" Walz
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representiave Peggy Flanagan

CD 1.
27 March 2017: Candidate for Governor
  Candidate Republican     Nikolay Bey
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Matt Dean
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative  Keith Downey
    Republican     Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman - apparently not a candidate
3 September 2017: Withdrew.
  Candidate Republican     Hennepin County Commissioner  Jeff Johnson
  Candidate Republican     former state Commerce Secretary Lance Johnson
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  David J. Osmek
  Candidate Republican     Phillip Parrish
  Candidate Republican     Ole Savior
  Candidate Republican     Jeffrey Wharton
  Candidate Independence     Jenny Rhoades

Mississippi  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Phil Bryant
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
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: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Eric Greitens
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     James L. "Jim" Shea

Montana  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 4-term period
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Steve Bullock
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit

Nebraska  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  J. Peter "Pete" Ricketts
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Republican     Krystal Gabel
  Candidate Independent; (Republican)     state Senator Bob Krist
12 September 2017: Announced he would change his registration from Republican to Independent.
13 September 2017: Announced he want to form a "Unity Ticket".
17 July 2017: Planning to run as a 3rd Party candidate but has not stated which party. The "Unity", "Unification", and "Centrist" parties have been mentioned. [Running as an independent candidate requires more petition signatures to be placed on the ballot than a third party candidate. -Ed]

Nevada  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Brian E. Sandoval
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     Clark County Commissioner  Chris Giunchigliani
  Candidate Democratic     Clark County Commissioner  Stephen F. "Steve" Sisolak
  Candidate Republican     Jared Fisher
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Adam Paul Laxalt
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Dan Schwartz

New Hampshire  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2018. Term Limit: None. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Chris Sununu
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  Candidate Democratic     former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand
  Candidate Libertarian     Jilletta Jarvis

New Jersey  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2013, 2017. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

Chair up for regular election
Open
Republican Governor Christopher J. "Chris" Christie
First elected: 2009; re-elected: 2013
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2017
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 1,154,978 55.60% former Ambassador to Germany Philip "Phil" Murphy
for Lieutenant Governor: Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver
  Candidate Republican 878,588 42.29% Lieutenant Governor  Kimberly M. "Kim" Guadagno
for Lieutenant Governor: Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos A. Rendo
  Candidate Independent 11,776 0.57% former Long Hill Mayor Gina Genovese
Party: REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES
  Candidate Libertarian 10,251 0.49% Peter J. Rohrman
for Lieutenant Governor: Karese J. Laguerre
  Candidate Green 9,690 0.47% Seth Kaper-Dale
for Lieutenant Governor: Lisa Durden
  Candidate Constitution 7,301 0.35% Matthew "Matt" Riccardi
  Candidate We The People 4,721 0.23% Vincent Ross
for Lieutenant Governor: April A. Johnson
Total 2,077,305 100.00%  

New Mexico  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Susana Martinez
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     Jeff Apodaca
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Joe Cervantes
  Candidate Democratic     Peter DeBenedittis
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Michelle Lujan Grisham
13 December 2016: Announced run for Governor in 2016. Congressman CD 1.
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Stevan E. "Steve" Pearce
10 July 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018. Congressman CD 2.
  Candidate Libertarian     Grady Owens
  Candidate Independent     Christopher Michael Roybal

New York  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Terry Gipson
  Candidate Republican     Dutchess County Executive  Marcus J. "Marc" Molinaro
  Candidate Libertarian     Larry Sharpe

North Carolina  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Roy Asberry Cooper
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

North Dakota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Doug Burgum
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Ohio  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  John Richard Kasich
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     state Supreme Court Justice William M. "Bill" O'Neill
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Connie Pillich
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Joe Schiavoni
  Candidate Democratic     former Congresssman Betty Sutton
First elected as a Democrat to Congress 2006, re-elected 2008, 2010. Unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 2012.
  Candidate Democratic     Dayton Mayor  Nan Whaley
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Michael "Mike" DeWine
26 May 2016: Running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Jon A. Husted
7 May 2017: Announced.
  Candidate Republican     Congressman James B. "Jim" Renacci
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor
  Candidate Green     Constance Gadell-Newton

Oklahoma  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Mary C. Fallin
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     Norman Brown
  Candidate Democratic     former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson
    Democratic     state Representative Scott Inman - apparently not a candidate
25 October 2017: State Representative Scott Inman withdrew from the Governor's race and will resign from the state Legislature in early 2018.
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Connie Johnson
  Candidate Republican     Oklahoma City Mayor  Michael Earl "Mick" Cornett, Sr.
  Candidate Republican     Oklahoma City Mayor  Mick Cornett
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Dan Fisher
  Candidate Republican     Auditor and Inspector  Gary A. Jones
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Todd G. Lamb
  Candidate Republican     Gary Richardson
  Candidate Republican     Kevin Stitt
  Candidate Libertarian     Rex Lawhorn
  Candidate Libertarian     Joseph "Joe Exotic Maldonado
  Candidate Libertarian     Chris Powell

Oregon  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Kate Brown
Ascended to the Governor's chair 18 February 2015 re: resignation of John A. Kitzhaber (Democratic); first elected in a Special Election: 2016.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     Governor  Kate Brown
  Candidate Republican     Keenan W. Bohach
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Knute Buehler
  Candidate Republican     Sam Carpenter
  Candidate Republican     Bruce A. Cuff
  Candidate Republican     Jack W. Tacy

Pennsylvania  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Tom Wolf
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
24 February 2016: Announced that he has prostate cancer which was detected early and is treatable.
  Candidate Republican     Laura Ellsworth
    Republican     Kris Hart - apparently not a candidate
Planned to run for Governor but did not meet the state's Gubernatorial residency requirements then decided to run for U.S. Congress Congressional District 13.
  Candidate Republican     Paul Mango
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Mike Turzai
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Scott Wagner
  Candidate Libertarian     Ken V. Krawchuk

Rhode Island  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Gina Marie Raimondo
First elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Spencer Dickinson
  Candidate Democratic     Burrillville Land Trust President  Paul A. Roselli
  Candidate Republican     Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Patricia L. Morgan
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Joseph A. "Joe" Trillo

South Carolina  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Henry D. McMaster
24 January 2017: Ascended to the Governor's Chair following the resignation of Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican) who became United Nations Ambassador.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Democratic     Phil Noble
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  James E. Smith, Jr.
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Kevin L. Bryant
  Candidate Republican     former Democratic Lieutenant Governor and state Senator J. Yancey McGill
21 March 2016: Announced candidacy as a Republican.
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Henry D. McMaster
    Republican     state Representative  Thomas E. "Tommy" Pope - apparently not a candidate
  Candidate Republican     former Department of Health and Environmental Control chief Catherine Templeton
  

23 November 2016: President-elect Trump nominates Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican) for the position of United Nations Ambassador.
24 January 2017: Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, was confirmed as United Nations Ambassador by the U.S. Senate, 96-4. He resigned as Governor shortly after and Lieutenant Governor Henry D. McMaster (Republican) ascended to the Governor's chair.


South Dakota  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Dennis M. Daugaard
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Billie H. Sutton
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Marty J. Jackley
1 March 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Kristi Lynn Noem
14 November 2016: Candidate for Governor in 2018.

Tennessee  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor William "Bill" Haslam
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
  Candidate Democratic     former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Craig Fitzhugh
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Mae Beavers
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Diane Lynn Black
2 August 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Randy Boyd
  Candidate Republican     Mark "Coonrippy" Brown
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Beth Harwell
  Candidate Republican     Bill Lee
  Candidate Republican     Kay White

Texas  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Greg Abbott
Previously served as Attorney General: first elected 2002; re-elected: 2006, 2010; First elected as Governor: 2014.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  Candidate Democratic     Garry Brown
  Candidate Democratic     former Balch Springs Mayor Cedric Davis, Sr.
  Candidate Democratic     Thor Harris
  Candidate Democratic     Jeffrey Payne
  Candidate Democratic     Thomas "Tom" Wakely
  Candidate Democratic     Andrew White
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Greg Abbott
  Candidate Republican     Larry "SECEDE" Kilgore
  Candidate Green     Janis Richards
  Candidate Libertarian     Kory Watkins

Utah  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Gary R. Herbert
As Lieutenant Governor, succeeded to the Governorship upon the resignation of Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (Republican), effective 11 August 2009. First elected in a special election: 2010; re-elected: 2012, 2016.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Vermont  2 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Phil Scott
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
  Candidate Democratic     James Ehlers
  Candidate Democratic     Ethan Sonneborn
31 August 2017: This candidate is 13 years old.
  Candidate Marijuana     Cris Ericson
 If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in the November General Election, the state Legislature chooses the next Governor.

Virginia  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2013, 2017. Term Limit: ineligble to immediately succeed after a given 4-year term
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

Chair up for regular election
Open
Democratic Governor  Terry McAuliffe
First elected: 2013
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 7 November 2017
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 1,407,829 53.90% Lieutenant Governor  Ralph S. Northam
24 February 2015: Announced candidacy.
  Candidate Republican 1,174,650 44.98% Edward W. "Ed" Gillespie
former Republican National Committee Chairman
  Candidate Libertarian 27,925 1.07% Clifford D. "Cliff" Hyra
6 May 2017: Received his party's nomination. 10,000 petition signatures are needed to put him on the general election ballot.
27 June 2017: Petitions validated.
  Candidate Scattering 1,380 0.05% Write In
Total 2,611,784 100.00%  

Washington  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Democratic

  Democratic Governor  Jay R. Inslee
First elected: 2012; re-elected: 2016.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

West Virginia  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor Jim Justice
First elected: 2016 (as a Democrat)
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
3 August 2017: Announced he was changing his affiliation from Democratic to Republican: "... tomorrow I will be changing my registration to Republican."

Wisconsin  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None
Partisan Composition: 1 Republican

  Republican Governor  Scott Walker
First elected: 2010; retained in a recall election: 5 June 2012; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
    Democratic     former state Senator Timothy "Tim" Cullen - apparently not a candidate
29 March 2017: Announced he is not a candidate.
  Candidate Democratic     Michele Doolan
  Candidate Democratic     Public Instruction Superintendent  Tony Evers
  Candidate Democratic     Matt Flynn
  Candidate Democratic     Andy Gronik
  Candidate Democratic     Bob Harlow
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Brett Hulsey
  Candidate Democratic     Kurt J. Kober
  Candidate Democratic     Mike McCabe
  Candidate Democratic     Mahlon Mitchell
  Candidate Democratic     Jeff Rumbaugh
  Candidate Democratic     Madison Mayor  Paul R. Soglin
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Kathleen Vinehout
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Dana Wachs
  Candidate Democratic     Ramona Whiteaker
  Candidate Republican     Ryan Cason
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Scott Walker
  Candidate Independent     Jefferson Carpenter
  Candidate Independent     Ralph "Robbie" Hoffman
  Candidate Independent     Travis Swenby
  Candidate Not readily classifiable     Timothy Jesse

Wyoming  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. 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 Republican

  Republican Governor Matt Mead
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Open Chair - 7 February 2017: Will not run for re-election in 2018.
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Mary A. Throne
  Candidate Republican     Bill Dahlin
  Candidate Republican     Harriet M. Hageman

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
  Republican
Major Third Parties
  Constitution
  Green
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  American Constitution
  Independence
  Marijuana
  Socialist Party USA
  Unity
  We The People
Independents
  Independent
  No Party Affiliation
  No Party Preference
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable
  Scattering
 

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.


 


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