2018 Candidates and State Term Limit Info

 

Alabama Incumbent: Governor Kay Ivey (R) AL
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey became governor on April 10, 2017, following the resignation of Governor Robert Bentley. She is eligible to seek a full term in 2018.
Primary Date: June 5, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Ivey
Democratic Candidate: Walt Maddox

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Alaska Incumbent: Governor Bill Walker (I) AK
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Not Seeking Re-election Governor Bill Walker became governor in December 2014.
Primary Date: August 21, 2018
Republican Candidate: Mike Dunleavy
Democratic Candidate: Mark Begich

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Arizona Incumbent: Governor Doug Ducey (R) AZ
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Doug Ducey became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: August 28, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Ducey
Democratic Candidate:David Garcia 

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Arkansas Incumbent: Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) AR
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Hutchinson became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: May 22, 2018 
Republican Candidate: Governor Hutchinson
Democratic Candidate: Jared Henderson

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California Incumbent: Governor Jerry Brown (D) CA
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Jerry Brown previously served eight years as governor from 1975-1983. Gov. Brown was elected to full four-year terms in November 1974, 1978, 2010, and 2014.
Primary Date: June 5, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Gavin Newsom
Republican Candidate: John Cox

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Colorado Incumbent: Governor John Hickenlooper (D) CO
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two. After two consecutive terms as governor, the candidate must wait four years before becoming eligible to run again.
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Hickenlooper became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: June 26, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Jared Polis
Republican Candidate: Walker Stapleton

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Connecticut Incumbent: Governor Dan Malloy (D) CT
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Not Seeking Re-election Governor Malloy became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 14, 2018 
Democratic Candidate: Ned Lamont
Republican Candidate: Bob Stefanowski

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Florida Incumbent: Governor Rick Scott (R) FL
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Scott became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 28, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Andrew Gillum
Republican Candidate: Ron DeSantis

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Georgia Incumbent: Governor Nathan Deal (R) GA
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Deal became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: May 22, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Stacey Abrams
Republican Candidate: Brian Kemp

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Guam Incumbent: Governor Eddie Calvo (R) GU
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Calvo became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 25, 2018
Democratic Candidate:Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero
Republican Candidate: Ray Tenorio

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Hawaii Incumbent: Governor David Ige (D) HI
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Ige became governor in December 2014.
Primary Date: August 11, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Governor Ige
Republican Candidate: Andria Tupola

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Idaho Incumbent: Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) ID
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Not Seeking Re-election Governor Otter became governor in November 2006. Gov. Otter was re-elected to full four-year terms in 2010 and 2014. He is not seeking re-election.
Primary Date: May 15, 2018 
Democratic Candidate: Paulette Jordan
Republican Candidate: Brad Little

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Illinois Incumbent: Governor Bruce Rauner (R) IL
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Rauner became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: March 20, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Rauner
Democratic Candidate: J.B. Pritzker

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Iowa

Incumbent: Governor Kim Reynolds (R) IA
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds became governor on May 24, 2017, following Gov. Terry Branstad’s appointment as U.S. ambassador to China. She is eligible to seek a full term in 2018.
Primary Date: June 5, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Reynolds
Democratic Candidate: Fred Hubbell

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Kansas Incumbent: Governor Jeff Colyer (R) KS
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer became governor on January 31, 2018, following Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment as U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. He was eligible to seek a full term in 2018, but did not win the primary election.
Primary Date: August 7, 2018                                                                                                                                             Independent Candidate: Greg Orman
Democratic Candidate: Laura Kelly
Republican Candidate: Kris Kobach

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Maine Incumbent: Governor Paul LePage (R) ME
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor LePage became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: June 12, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Janet Mills
Republican Candidate: Shawn Moody

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Maryland Incumbent: Governor Larry Hogan (R) MD
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Hogan became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: June 26, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Hogan
Democratic Candidate: Ben Jealous

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Massachusetts Incumbent: Governor Charlie Baker (R) MA
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Baker became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: September 4, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Baker
Democratic Candidates: Jay Gonzalez

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Michigan Incumbent: Governor Rick Snyder (R) MI
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Snyder became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 7, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Gretchen Whitmer
Republican Candidate: Bill Schuette

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Minnesota Incumbent: Governor Mark Dayton (D) MN
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Not Seeking Re-election Governor Dayton became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 14, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Tim Walz
Republican Candidate: Jeff Johnson

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Nebraska Incumbent: Governor Pete Ricketts (R) NE
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two. After two consecutive terms as governor, the candidate must wait four years before becoming eligible to run again.
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Ricketts became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: May 15, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Ricketts
Democratic Candidate: Bob Krist

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Nevada Incumbent: Governor Brian Sandoval (R) NV
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Sandoval became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: June 12, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Steve Sisolak
Republican Candidate: Adam Laxalt

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New Hampshire Incumbent: Governor Chris Sununu (R) NH
Length of Regular Terms: Two years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Sununu became governor in January 2017.
Primary Date: September 11, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Sununu
Democratic Candidates: Molly Kelly

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New Mexico Incumbent: Governor Susana Martinez (R) NM
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Martinez became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: June 5, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Michelle Lujan Grisham
Republican Candidate: Steve Pearce

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New York Incumbent: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) NY
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Cuomo became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: September 13, 2018
Democratic Candidates: Governor Cuomo
Republican Candidates: Marc Molinaro

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Northern Mariana Islands Incumbent: Governor Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres (R) MP
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Absolute two-term limitation
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Lt. Gov. Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres became governor on December 29, 2015, completing the unexpired term of Gov. Eloy Inos following his death. He is eligible to seek a full term in 2018.
Primary Date:
Democratic Candidate: Joseph S. Inos
Republican Candidate(s): Governor Guerrero Torres

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Ohio Incumbent: Governor John Kasich (R) OH
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two. After two consecutive terms as governor, the candidate must wait four years before becoming eligible to run again.
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Kasich became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: May 8, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Richard Cordray
Republican Candidate: Mike DeWine

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Oklahoma Incumbent: Governor Mary Fallin (R) OK
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Fallin became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: June 26, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Drew Edmondson
Republican Candidate: Kevin Stitt

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Oregon Incumbent: Governor Kate Brown (D) OR
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown became governor on February 18, 2015, following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation. Governor Brown won a special gubernatorial election held in November 2016 to complete Gov. Kitzhaber’s unexpired term. She is eligible to seek a full term in 2018.
Primary Date: May 15, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Governor Brown
Republican Candidate: Knute Buehler

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Pennsylvania Incumbent: Governor Tom Wolf (D) PA
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Wolf became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: May 15, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Governor Wolf
Republican Candidate: Scott Wagner

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Rhode Island Incumbent: Governor Gina Raimondo (D) RI
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Raimondo became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: September 12, 2018
Democratic Candidates: Governor Raimondo
Republican Candidates: Allan Fung

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South Carolina Incumbent: Governor Henry McMaster (R) SC
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster became governor on January 24, 2017, following Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. He is eligible to seek a full term in 2018.
Primary Date: June 12, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor McMaster
Democratic Candidate: James Smith

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South Dakota Incumbent: Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) SD
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Daugaard became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date:June 5, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Billie Sutton
Republican Candidate: Kristi Noem

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Tennessee Incumbent: Governor Bill Haslam (R) TN
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Haslam became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 2, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Karl Dean
Republican Candidate: Bill Lee

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Texas Incumbent: Governor Greg Abbott (R) TX
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Abbott became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: March 6, 2018*
Republican Candidate: Governor Abbott
Democratic Candidate: Lupe Valdez

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Vermont Incumbent: Governor Phil Scott (R) VT
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Scott became governor in January 2017.
Primary Date: August 14, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Scott
Democratic Candidate: Christine Hallquist

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Virgin Islands Incumbent: Governor Kenneth Mapp (I) VI
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two. After two consecutive terms as governor, the candidate must wait four years before becoming eligible to run again.
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Mapp became governor in January 2015.
Primary Date: August 4, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Albert Bryan
Independent Candidate: Governor Mapp

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Wisconsin Incumbent: Governor Scott Walker (R) WI
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: No limit
Incumbent Governor Eligible to Seek Re-election Governor Walker became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 14, 2018
Republican Candidate: Governor Walker
Democratic Candidate: Tony Evers

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Wyoming Incumbent: Governor Matthew Mead (R) WY
Length of Regular Terms: Four years
Maximum Consecutive Terms Allowed by Constitution: Two
Incumbent Governor Term Limited Governor Mead became governor in January 2011.
Primary Date: August 21, 2018
Democratic Candidate: Mary Throne
Republican Candidate: Mark Gordon

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