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Three candidates running in the Democratic primary for governor of New York

Incumbent Kathy Hochul, Tom Suozzi, and Jumaane Williams are running in the Democratic primary election for Governor of New York on June 2, 2022. Hochul is running for re-election to a full term. Hochul, previously New York’s lieutenant governor, became governor in August 2021 following the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

Hochul was first elected lieutenant governor in 2014. She served one term in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2013. The Democratic Party of New York endorsed Hochul at its state convention in February 2022. Her other endorsements include U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 12 members of the state’s U.S. House delegation, 77 members of the state legislature, and four New York City boroughs Democratic parties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens). Public safety is a key policy of Hochul’s campaign. In response to a May 2022 shooting in Buffalo, New York, Hochul said, “New York already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country but clearly we need to make them even stronger. New Yorkers deserve to feel safe in schools, in grocery stores, in movie theaters, in shopping malls, and on our streets — and we must do everything in our power to protect them.”

Suozzi was elected to the U.S. House in 2016. New York City Councilmember Robert Holden and former councilmember Diana Reyna endorsed Suozzi. Suozzi criticized Hochul for what he called “pandering to the far left” and said his campaign was focused on “reducing taxes, making New York more affordable and cutting crime.” Suozzi also said his campaign would focus on lowering taxes. “I’ve always known that taxes are the biggest drawback in our state. Our state and local taxes are one of the highest taxes in the United States of America and it’s one of the reasons people leave to these lower tax states, like North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida,” he said.

Williams was elected New York City Public Advocate in 2019 and served on the New York City Council from 2009 to 2019. Our Revolution, the Working Families Party, two members of the state legislature, nine members of the New York City Council, and 2021 Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton endorsed Williams. Williams’ policy platform on his website has three pillars: housing, public safety, and healthcare. Williams said he believes that housing is a human right and the government must play a role in providing it, that public safety requires creating thriving communities, and that New York should enact a universal, single-payer healthcare system.

Candidates for the positions of governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. Candidates for governor may choose to endorse a candidate for lieutenant governor as an unofficial running mate. Suozzi endorsed Diana Reyna and Williams endorsed Ana Maria Archila. Hochul initially endorsed then-Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin (D). Following Benjamin’s resignation, Hochul appointed Antonio Delgado as lieutenant governor and endorsed him.



Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) avoids runoff, defeating eight challengers in Republican primary

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) avoids runoff, defeating eight challengers in Republican primary

Incumbent Kay Ivey (R) defeated eight candidates in Alabama’s Republican gubernatorial primary on May 24, 2022. She led the field with 55% of the vote, followed by Lynda Blanchard (R) at 19%, and Tim James (R) at 16%. No other candidate received more than 10% of the vote.

A candidate needed to win the primary with over 50% of the vote to advance to the general election.

Ivey was first elected governor in 2018, defeating Walt Maddox (D) 60% to 40%. Before becoming governor, Ivey served as lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2017, and as state treasurer from 2003 to 2011. In a campaign ad, Ivey highlighted her record, saying, “There’s no critical race theory in our schools, I signed the strongest pro-life law in America, I stood with Trump to ensure no election here can ever be stolen, and we created thousands of new jobs.”

Ivey, Blanchard, and James led the field in fundraising and media coverage. Lew Burdette (R), Stacy George (R), Donald Jones (R), Dean Odle (R), Dave Thomas (R), and Dean Young (R) also ran in the primary.

Gas prices in the state were a key issue in the race. Alabama approved a state gas tax increase of 10 cents per gallon in 2019, with the possibility of increases up to one cent every two years. Revenue from the tax was directed toward road and bridge construction. Blanchard said, “we have struggling families and business while our state sits on a surplus and spends enough money to make a drunken sailor blush,” and supported temporarily suspending state taxes on gas. James said, “every time I turn around, every day, I see an announcement about the governor handing out more money to these pet projects,” and said he supported repealing the 2019 increase. Ivey said there were other factors affecting gas prices, saying, “Let’s not lose sight of the main problem here, and that’s Joe Biden’s policies. He’s got inflation at a 40-year record high.”

Heading into the election, a Republican had held the Alabama governorship since the 2002 elections, which was also the last time an incumbent governor was defeated in the state.



Mastriano wins the Republican primary for Governor of Pennsylvania

Doug Mastriano defeated Lou Barletta, Bill McSwain, Dave White, and five other candidates to win the May 17, 2022, Republican primary for Governor of Pennsylvania. Incumbent Tom Wolf (D) was term-limited.

The primary featured the most candidates in a Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial primary since at least 1978.

The state Republican Party did not endorse a candidate this year.

Mastriano, a U.S. Army veteran and state representative, focused on his opposition to Covid-19 measures and said he would defend election integrity. Mastriano said fraud was prevalent in the 2020 election and criticized McSwain for not supporting Mastriano’s efforts to investigate the results of the election. On February 15, 2022, the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol breach subpoenaed Mastriano, citing his presence outside the Capitol on the day of the breach and statements he made relating to the selection of delegates to the Electoral College. On May 14, 2022, former President Donald Trump (R) endorsed Mastriano.

Barletta represented Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District from 2011 to 2019 and served as mayor of Hazleton from 2000 to 2010. Barletta campaigned on his public service, saying, “I actually have a record that people can look at, so you won’t have to guess what I’ll do tomorrow. You can see what I did yesterday.” At an April 27 debate, Barletta criticized McSwain for having been a registered Democrat. In May 2022, Jake Corman III and Melissa Hart withdrew from the race and endorsed Barletta. Corman’s and Hart’s names remained on the May primary ballot because the deadline to withdraw had already passed. 

McSwain served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a private attorney before former President Trump appointed him U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. McSwain emphasized his work as a U.S. Attorney, saying, “What the other candidates in this race know about crime, they read in the newspaper. I’m the only one who has actually done something about it.” McSwain criticized Mastriano for voting for Act 77, a law that expanded vote-by-mail in Pennsylvania, and accused Barletta of supporting higher gas taxes. McSwain criticized White for receiving campaign contributions from union political action committees.

White served on the Delaware County Council and worked as a steamfitter before founding a mechanical contractors company. White said his labor background would help him attract former Democratic blue-collar voters to the GOP. “That’s what differentiates me from the other candidates, is that I’m the only one that’s capable of doing that,” White said. White highlighted a statement from Trump in which the former president told voters not to support McSwain.

Also running in the primary were Joe Gale, Charlie Gerow, and Nche Zama.

Carrie DelRosso won the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. DelRosso defeated John Brown, Jeff Coleman, Teddy Daniels, Russell Diamond, Chris Frye, James Jones, Rick Saccone, and Clarice Schillinger. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania run in separate primaries for their party’s nomination and then form a joint ticket.



Kotek wins Oregon Democratic primary for governor

ina Kotek defeated Tobias Read and 13 other candidates in the May 17 Democratic primary for governor of Oregon. Incumbent Kate Brown (D) was term-limited and could not run for re-election.

The Associated Press’ Sarah Cline wrote: “Oregon hasn’t seen a GOP governor in 35 years. But political experts say Republicans have an opening for victory amid widespread discontent in the state and a possible split in votes among the majority parties as the unaffiliated Johnson makes a gubernatorial run in the fall.”

Kotek served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2007 to 2022, when she resigned to focus on her gubernatorial campaign. She also served as the State House Speaker from 2013 to 2022. Kotek ran on reforming zoning laws to make housing more affordable, increasing the minimum wage, and funding schools. She said, “Oregonians are living through a devastating pandemic, the intensifying impacts of climate change, and the economic disruptions that leave too many behind. We must get past the politics of division and focus on making real, meaningful progress for families across our state.” Kotek said her time in the legislature shows that she knows how government works: “With new legislative leadership in 2023, it will be helpful to have a governor who has been in the Legislature and has been in their positions. There is going to be change, but I hope there is continuity provided by a governor who understands what it means to be a legislative leader.” The Oregon Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, and EMILY’s List endorsed Kotek.

Read is the Oregon Treasurer, a position to which he was first elected in 2016. He ran on enacting policies to curb gun violence, investing in K-12 schools, and lowering childcare costs. Read said, “We need to stop lurching from one crisis to the next and lay out a vision for where to take Oregon. Not just for next year, but for the next generation. My approach is simple: I’ll measure Oregon’s progress by how well our kids are doing.” Read also said that homelessness and affordable housing were the state’s two biggest issues: “Oregon is facing a housing and homeless crisis. This didn’t occur overnight, but is a result of years of shortsighted policy and budget decisions. Covid19 and resulting economic challenges made the crisis more acute, but we would be facing this challenge without it.” AFT-Oregon, a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, and former Gov. Barbara Roberts, who served from 1991 to 1995, endorsed Read.

David Beem, Julian Bell, Wilson Bright, George Carrillo, Michael Cross, Ifeanyichukwu Diru, Peter Hall, Keisha Merchant, Patrick Starnes, Dave Stauffer, John Sweeney, Michael Trimble, Genevieve Wilson also ran in the Democratic primary.

In the general election, Kotek will face former state Sen. Betsy Johnson, who is running as an unaffiliated candidate, and the Republican nominee. The Republican primary was uncalled at the time of this writing.



Little wins Republican primary for governor of Idaho

Incumbent Gov. Brad Little defeated seven other candidates in the Republican primary for governor of Idaho on May 17, 2022. With over 95% of precincts reporting, Little had received 53% of the vote to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s 32%.

According to the Idaho Press‘s Betsy Russell, an incumbent Idaho governor had not been challenged in a primary by the lieutenant governor since 1938. Idaho is one of 17 states where the lieutenant governor is nominated in a separate primary and elected in a separate general election from the governor.

Steven Bradshaw, Ben Cannady, Ed Humphreys, Ashley Jackson, Lisa Marie, and Cody Usabel also ran in the primary.

Little ran on his record, saying that his first term was “marked by historic tax relief, unparalleled red tape reduction, extraordinary economic growth, and unprecedented investments in education.” He said, “During my first term, together, we achieved billions in historic tax relief, record investments in transportation, and continued our strong support for education in Idaho.”

McGeachin said she ran for governor “to restore the principles that have Made Idaho Great — individual liberty, state sovereignty, and traditional conservative values.” Former President Donald Trump (R) endorsed McGeachin in November 2021. McGeachin said, “My campaign has been endorsed by President Trump because I stand for America First policies including individual liberty, election integrity, a strong and secure border, school choice, energy independence, reducing taxes and regulations, and supporting American businesses.”

Major independent observers rate the general election as Solid or Safe Republican. Republicans have had trifecta control of Idaho state government since 1995.



Five candidates running in the Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary

Five candidates are running in the Republican primary for governor of Georgia on May 24, 2022. Two candidates—incumbent Brian Kemp and David Perdue—have led the field in fundraising and media coverage. A candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote to advance to the general election. If no candidate wins the majority, a runoff election will take place on June 21 between the top two vote-getters.

Kemp was elected governor in 2018 when he defeated Stacey Abrams (D) 50% to 48%. Before that, he served as Georgia’s secretary of state from 2010 to 2018 and in the Georgia State Senate from 2003 to 2007. In a debate, Kemp said, “Every day that I’ve been in office, I’ve been putting hardworking Georgians first, ahead of the status quo and the politically correct. And I’m going to continue to do that the rest of my tenure.” 

Perdue served in the U.S. Senate from 2015 to 2021. He lost a 2021 runoff election to Jon Ossoff (D) 50% to 49%. He works as a founding partner of Perdue Partners, a global trading company. In a debate, Perdue said, “I think the decision in this race is very simple. Our governor failed us, he sold us out, and he’s divided us. I just don’t think he can win.” Former President Donald Trump (R) endorsed Perdue.

The 2020 election results have been a subject of debate among the candidates. During an April 24 debate, Perdue said Kemp did not do enough to investigate election fraud claims, saying, “[Kemp] would not stop the consent decree that was signed, he would not give us a special session. And this past year he’s not investigated anything. […] If he were a Democrat, even his strongest supporters would be calling this a gross corrupt cover-up.” Kemp responded, saying, “The investigative authority per the laws and the constitution of this state in 2020 lies with the secretary of state’s office and the state elections board. Now, we have had things that have been given to our office that we’ve looked into and when we thought they had merit we referred them to the proper authorities to investigate.”

Catherine Davis, Kandiss Taylor, and Tom Williams are also running in the primary.

A Republican has held Georgia’s governorship since the 2002 elections, which was also the last time an incumbent governor lost in the state. As of May 2022, The Cook Political Report and Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball rated the 2022 general election as a toss-up. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rated the race as Tilt Republican.



Nine candidates are running in the May 17 Republican primary for Governor of Pennsylvania

Nine candidates are running in the May 17 Republican primary for Governor of Pennsylvania. Incumbent Tom Wolf (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.

The 2022 race features the largest number of candidates in a Pennsylvania Republican primary since at least 1978. The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Andrew Seidman wrote, “Campaign aides say this year’s winner could prevail with as little as 28%.”

The state Republican Party decided not to endorse a candidate this year. Lou Barletta, Doug Mastriano, Bill McSwain, and Dave White have led in the polls.

Barletta represented Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District from 2011 to 2019 and served as mayor of Hazleton from 2000 to 2010. Barletta has highlighted his experience in elected office, saying, “I actually have a record that people can look at, so you won’t have to guess what I’ll do tomorrow. You can see what I did yesterday.” At an April 27 debate, Barletta criticized McSwain for having been a registered Democrat.

Mastriano, a U.S. Army veteran and state representative, has focused on his opposition to Covid-19 measures and has said he would defend election integrity while in office. Mastriano has claimed that voting fraud was prevalent in the 2020 election and has criticized McSwain for not supporting Mastriano’s efforts to investigate the results of the election.

McSwain served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a private attorney before former President Donald Trump (R) appointed him U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. McSwain has emphasized his work as a U.S. Attorney, saying, “What the other candidates in this race know about crime, they read in the newspaper. I’m the only one who has actually done something about it.” McSwain has criticized Mastriano for voting for Act 77, a law that expanded vote-by-mail in Pennsylvania, and has accused Barletta of supporting higher gas taxes. McSwain criticized White for receiving campaign contributions from union political action committees.

White is a former member of the Delaware County Council who worked as a steamfitter before founding a mechanical contractors company. White has said his labor background would help him attract former Democratic blue-collar voters to the GOP. “That’s what differentiates me from the other candidates, is that I’m the only one that’s capable of doing that,” White said. White has highlighted a statement from Trump in which the former president told voters not to support McSwain.

Also running in the primary are Jake Corman III, Joe Gale, Charlie Gerow, Melissa Hart, and Nche Zama.

As of 2022, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania run in separate primaries for their party’s nomination and then form a joint ticket. John Brown, Jeff Coleman, Teddy Daniels, Carrie DelRosso, Russell Diamond, Chris Frye, James Jones, Rick Saccone, and Clarice Schillinger are running in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.



Nine candidates, including incumbent, running in Republican primary for governor of Alabama

Nine candidates are running in the Republican primary election for governor of Alabama on May 24, 2022. Three candidates—incumbent Kay Ivey (R), Lynda Blanchard (R), and Tim James (R)—have led the field in fundraising and media coverage.

Ivey was first elected governor in 2018, defeating Walt Maddox (D) 60% to 40%. Before becoming governor, she served as lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2017 and as state treasurer from 2003 to 2011. In a campaign ad, Ivey highlighted her record, saying, “There’s no critical race theory in our schools, I signed the strongest pro-life law in America, I stood with Trump to ensure no election here can ever be stolen, and we created thousands of new jobs.”

Blanchard worked in real estate and founded an international nonprofit that aimed to address poverty. In 2019, Blanchard President Donald Trump (R) appointed Blanchard as the ambassador to Slovenia. In a campaign ad, Blanchard said, “I will use my business experience to create jobs, end vaccine and mask mandates, improve our schools, and restore election security.”

James is a businessman working as the president of Tim James Inc., a company that uses private investments to build bridges, roads, and other types of infrastructure. He has worked in the construction, transportation, and finance industries. In a campaign ad, James said, “[The left] think America is racist. They think our founding fathers were wrong. They think there are 50 genders, and they want to teach this to our children. […] It is time to fight back.”

Gas prices have been a subject of debate among the candidates. Alabama approved a state gas tax increase of 10 cents per gallon in 2019, with the possibility of increases up to one cent every two years. Revenue from the tax was directed toward road and bridge construction. Blanchard said, “we have struggling families and business while our state sits on a surplus and spends enough money to make a drunken sailor blush,” and supported temporarily suspending state taxes on gas. James said, “every time I turn around, every day, I see an announcement about the governor handing out more money to these pet projects,” and said he supported repealing the 2019 increase. Ivey said there were other factors behind high gas prices, saying, “Let’s not lose sight of the main problem here, and that’s Joe Biden’s policies. He’s got inflation at a 40-year record high.”

Lew Burdette (R), Stacy George (R), Donald Jones (R), Dean Odle (R), Dave Thomas (R), and Dean Young (R) are also running in the primary.

A Republican has held the Alabama governorship since the 2002 elections, which was also the last time an incumbent governor lost election in the state. 



Fifteen candidates are running in the May 17 Democratic primary for Governor of Oregon

Fifteen candidates are running in the May 17 Democratic primary for Governor of Oregon. Incumbent Kate Brown (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.

Tina Kotek and Tobias Read have led in fundraising and noteworthy endorsements.

Read is the Oregon treasurer, a position to which he was first elected in 2016. He has run on enacting policies to curb gun violence, investing in K-12 schools, and lowering childcare costs. Read said, “We need to stop lurching from one crisis to the next and lay out a vision for where to take Oregon. Not just for next year, but for the next generation. My approach is simple: I’ll measure Oregon’s progress by how well our kids are doing.” Read has also focused on boosting Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccination numbers, saying “I think we need steady leadership in Oregon to get past this pandemic and get us on the trajectory that we want to be on. Of course, that requires getting as many people vaccinated as possible and removing that as a barrier.” AFT-Oregon, a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, and former Gov. Barbara Roberts, who served from 1991 to 1995, have endorsed Read.

Kotek served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2007 to 2022, when she resigned to run for governor. She also served as the state house speaker from 2013 to 2022. Kotek has run on reforming zoning laws to make housing more affordable, increasing the minimum wage, and funding schools. She said, “Oregonians are living through a devastating pandemic, the intensifying impacts of climate change, and the economic disruptions that leave too many behind. We must get past the politics of division and focus on making real, meaningful progress for families across our state.” Kotek has said her time in the legislature shows that she knows how government works: “With new legislative leadership in 2023, it will be helpful to have a governor who has been in the Legislature and has been in their positions. There is going to be change, but I hope there is continuity provided by a governor who understands what it means to be a legislative leader.” The Oregon Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, and EMILY’s List have endorsed Kotek.

David Beem, Julian Bell, Wilson Bright, George Carrillo, Michael Cross, Ifeanyichukwu Diru, Peter Hall, Keisha Merchant, Patrick Starnes, Dave Stauffer, John Sweeney, Michael Trimble, Genevieve Wilson are also running in this election.

Including Brown, Oregon’s last five governors have been Democrats. The state’s last Republican governor, Victor G. Atiyeh, served from 1979 to 1987.



Thirteen gubernatorial battleground elections to take place in 2022

Thirty-six states will hold elections for governor in 2022. Of those, Ballotpedia has identified 13 as general election battlegrounds: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

These battleground races were selected using the following criteria:

  • the results of the 2020 presidential election in each state,
  • whether the incumbent is seeking re-election,
  • whether the governor’s office changed partisan control the last time it was up for election, and
  • how the Cook Political ReportSabato’s Crystal Ball, and Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzales rated the race.

Of the 13, seven are in states with Republican incumbents and six are in states with Democratic incumbents. Six states had a governor of a party different from the candidate who won the state in the 2020 presidential election. The list of battlegrounds may change over the course of 2022.

The following map displays all states holding gubernatorial elections in 2022 shaded by the incumbent’s or most recent incumbent’s political affiliation. Battleground races are highlighted in brighter colors.