Long before we have the 2020 election, we have more work to do to flip seats in 2019. Today we’re looking at the three gubernatorial races in 2019.
All three of these governor’s races are only in the Lean column — one is Lean Democratic and two are Lean Republican. These races are fair game for both parties. Whoever fights the hardest and turns out their voters can win these seats.
Governor Matt Bevin (R) is running for re-election. Currently the Democrats have four candidates running: Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, and Geoff Young. The primary is May 25, and the general election is November 5. This race is currently in the Lean Republican column.
Governor John Edwards (D) is the incumbent. The official filing deadline is not until August 8, so we won’t know who else is running for a while. The primary is on October 12, and the general election is November 16. This race is currently in the Lean Democratic column.
The current Republican governor cannot run for re-election. Jim Hood, Mississippi’s current Attorney General, is the Democratic candidate. If Hood is joined by a challenger, the primary will be on August 6, followed by the general election on November 5. Although the polls show a tight race, previous gubernatorial races have gone for the Republican by over 60%. This race is currently in the Lean Republican column.
One odd note: In Mississippi, a gubernatorial candidate can’t just win the popular vote. The winning candidate ALSO needs to win a majority of the 122 state house districts. If neither candidate can do both, the state House selects the winner. Mississippi is heavily gerrymandered, so this makes Hood’s path to the governor’s mansion pretty steep in that scenario.
How you can help
For those of you who live in or near these states, check out 15 Ways to Help a Campaign Win Their Election.
If you are farther away, you can follow them on social media and share information about their campaigns on your accounts, and you can donate to their campaigns. You might consider signing up as a volunteer at their campaign websites as they often have tasks that supporters can do from afar. And finally, keep an eye out for postcarding campaigns to help these elections at sites like Postcards for Voters.