The Gubernatorial Class of 2016

Tomorrow’s election in Louisiana provides an excuse to mention something that is rarely discussed at the national level during a presidential cycle: gubernatorial races. There are in fact twelve governorships–8 held by Democrats, 4 by Republicans–up next year. Half of them involve open seats due to term limits or retirements.

The good news for Democrats is that they will benefit from a presidential electorate and presumably decent leadership at the top of the ticket. The bad news is that they are defending twice as many executive chairs as the GOP, including those in three of the four races (MO, NH, NC and WV) currently rated as competitive by the Cook Political Report.

Only two of the states with gubernatorial contests next year (NH, NC) are also presidential battleground states; the same two have competitive Senate races as well, and will get a let of attention from political bargain-hunters.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.