There were 36 governorships on the ballot in 2022. Twenty-eight states have incumbent governors who are eligible and running for re-election, while the remaining eight states (AR, AZ, MA, MD, NE, NV, OR, and PA) are guaranteed new governors as the current governors are either not eligible or not seeking reelection. All 28 incumbent governors who are eligible to run have won reelection and will continue their governorship into the next term. Among that group, 13 states have Democratic governors, and 15 states have Republican governors. In the eight states with new governors, the Democratic party retained control of their governorships in Pennsylvania and Oregon and gained three new governorships in Arizona, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The Republican party retained control of their governorships in Arkansas and Nebraska and gained a new governorship in Nevada.
What’s in the report:
- Election results in the 36 states where governorship was on the ballot
- Top policy priorities for the newly elected governors
- Potential impacts on state budgets, especially on Medicaid and health and human services funding