Three states are holding state executive elections in 2019—Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Each of them is holding an election for the office of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and secretary of state. Other offices up for election include agriculture commissioner (KY, LA, MS), auditor (KY, MS), insurance commissioner (LA, MS), public service commissioner (MS), and treasurer (KY, LA, MS).
In both Kentucky and Mississippi, general elections will be held on November 5. Kentucky’s statewide primary will be May 21, while Mississippi’s primary will be August 6, with a runoff on August 27 if needed. Louisiana will hold a jungle primary on October 12. If no candidate wins a majority of the votes in the primary, a general election will be held on November 16.
Two of the three sitting governors in these states, Matt Bevin (R-KY) and John Bel Edwards (D-LA) are running for re-election. The other, Phil Bryant (R-MS), is prevented from seeking re-election because of term limits. Each of these elections will impact the trifecta status of these states.