How many of this year’s state executive races lack either a Democratic or Republican candidate?

Across the 21 states that have held all of their filing deadlines for state executive positions, such as governor and public service commissioner, 16 state executive elections lack either a Democratic or Republican candidate as of April 29, 2020.

  • Four states—Alabama, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah—have state executive races without a Democratic candidate. The races are for one state board of education seat in Alabama, one public education commission seat in New Mexico, corporation commissioner in Oklahoma, and eight positions in Utah. Those Utah positions include state treasurer, state auditor, and six state board of education seats.
  • Three states—Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah—have state executive races without a Republican candidate. The races are for one state board of regents seat in Colorado, three public education commission seats in New Mexico, and one state board of education seat in Utah.

There are 165 state executive offices up for election in 28 states in 2020.

In 2019, there were 36 state executive offices up for election across three states. Eight of those elections did not have a Democratic candidate, and three did not have a Republican candidate.

Ballotpedia will update this data on a weekly basis until all of the state executive filing deadlines have passed. In 2020, the last major-party filing deadline for a state executive office is for the Ohio State Board of Education on August 5.

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