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United States: Races, Ballot Measures to be Decided
October 30, 2018

On November 6, state legislative elections will be held in 46 states and the District of Columbia, as well as gubernatorial elections in 36 states. In addition to ballot measures in several states, voters will also decide the control of the 116th Congress.

GOVERNORS:  This year, 36 governorships will be decided. Incumbent Democrats Jerry Brown (California), and John Hickenlooper (Colorado) are term-limited. Term-limited Republicans include: Rick Scott (Florida), Nathan Deal (Georgia), Paul LePage (Maine), Rick Snyder (Michigan), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Susana Martinez (New Mexico), John Kasich (Ohio), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma), Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota), Bill Haslam (Tennessee), and Matt Mead (Wyoming).

Nineteen incumbents are seeking re-election: Incumbent Democrats include: David Ige (Hawaii), Andrew Cuomo (New York), Kate Brown (Oregon), Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania), and Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island).

Republicans seeking another term include: Kay Ivey (Alabama), Doug Ducey (Arizona), Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas), Bruce Rauner (Illinois), Kim Reynolds (Iowa), Larry Hogan (Maryland), Charlie Baker (Massachusetts), Pete Ricketts (Nebraska), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Henry McMaster (South Carolina), Greg Abbott (Texas), Phil Scott (Vermont), and Scott Walker (Wisconsin).

Four  incumbents are not seeking re-election: Dannel Malloy (D-Connecticut), C.L. “Butch” Otter (R-Idaho), and Mark Dayton (D-Minnesota). Incumbent Independent Bill Walker (Alaska) announced on October 21 that he is not running for re-election. Incumbent Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, who succeeded Sam Brownback (R) mid-term, was defeated in the state’s GOP primary by Kris Kobach.


LEGISLATURES: Forty-six states hold legislative elections this year. Democrats effectively control 30 chambers, while the GOP effectively controls 68, while the Connecticut Senate is split. Nebraska has an officially nonpartisan and unicameral legislature.


BALLOT MEASURES:  Several states have policy questions on their ballots this year. Current hot-topic subjects include: tax reform measures, legalization of marijuana, and questions regarding the response to the opioid epidemic.


For more detailed information on the state elections and ballot measures, StateScape recommends the following source:

State: NCSL StateVote 2018

Ballot Measures: NCSL's Ballot Measures Database

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