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2016 State and Territorial Gubernatorial Elections and Results

Gubernatorial elections were held in 12 states and 2 territories this November. In five states (Montana, North Carolina, Utah, and Washington) and American Samoa the incumbent governor sought reelection while Oregon held a special election to fill out the previous governor’s unexpired term. Seven states (Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia) and Puerto Rico had open gubernatorial elections with incumbents either not seeking reelection or being term limited.

The map below illustrates the states and territories with open seat elections and where incumbents sought reelection. The charts that follow the map show the results of the gubernatorial elections by noting the incumbents, election winners, political party affiliation, and current state or territorial health officer in each jurisdiction with an open seat or incumbent election. While the effects of any election are never immediately known, ASTHO will continue to monitor the impact of the state administration changes on its members. You can also download the map and charts as a PDF file.


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Five of the six incumbent gubernatorial candidates were successful in their election bids. In North Carolina, the incumbent governor conceded a close election to the challenger.


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Winners were declared in all the gubernatorial races for open seats. In three states (Missouri, New Hampshire, and Vermont) and Puerto Rico the party affiliation of the incumbent and governor-elect changed. In the four other states (Delaware, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia) the party affiliation will remain the same for the incoming administration.


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