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United States gubernatorial elections, 2011

United States gubernatorial elections, 2011

October 4 and 22 and November 8, 2011

4 Governorships
(including a special election in West Virginia)
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Bob McDonnell Martin O'Malley
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Virginia Maryland
Last election 29 governorships 20 governorships
Seats before 29 20
Seats after 29 20
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,653,223 1,144,030
Percentage 54.2% [1] 37.5%

Dark Red: Republican holds
Dark Blue: Democratic holds
Gray: no election

The United States gubernatorial elections of 2011 were held in the states of Louisiana, Kentucky, and Mississippi. These elections were part of the General election of 2011. In addition, a Special Gubernatorial Election for West Virginia was held on October 4. None of these four governorships changed party hands.


Source Safe Democratic Likely Democratic Leans Democratic Tossup Leans Republican Likely Republican Safe Republican
Consensus among
all predictions
The Cook
Political Report

as of September 15, 2011

West Virginia
as of July 25, 2011
West Virginia
The Rothenberg Political Report
as of August 12, 2011
West Virginia
Larry Sabato's
Crystal Ball
as of August 24, 2011
West Virginia

Summary of contests

State Incumbent Party Status Major candidates
Kentucky Beshear, SteveSteve Beshear Democrat Re-elected Beshear (D), 55.65%
David L. Williams (R), 35.29%
Gatewood Galbraith (I), 8.97%
Louisiana Jindal, BobbyBobby Jindal Republican Re-elected Jindal (R), 65.82%
Tara Hollis (D), 17.87%
Mississippi Barbour, HaleyHaley Barbour Republican Incumbent term-limited
Republican hold
Phil Bryant (R), 61.07%
Johnny DuPree (D), 38.93%
West Virginia (special election) Tomblin, Earl RayEarl Ray Tomblin (Acting) Democrat Elected to serve remainder of term Tomblin (D), 49.47%
Bill Maloney (R), 47.14%

Term-limited Republican incumbent

Haley Barbour (Mississippi)

Incumbent Governor Haley Barbour was term-limited in 2011.

The Republican candidates included author, small business owner, and Baptist minister James Broadwater; Lt. Governor Phil Bryant; former New Orleans Federal Reserve Board Chairman Dave Dennis; and Pearl River County District Supervisor Hudson Holliday.[2] Bryant won the Republican nomination by a wide margin.[3]

Prominent state businessman Bill Luckett[4] and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree were two declared Democratic candidates.[5] Dupree defeated Luckett in the Primary runoff to win the Democratic nomination.[6]

Bryant ended up defeating Dupree in the general election.

The Lieutenant Governor was elected separately.

Democratic Incumbents running for re-election or election

Steve Beshear (Kentucky)

On July 19, 2009, Steve Beshear announced his intention to run for re-election in 2011 and that then-Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson would be his running mate.[7] On January 6, 2011, Beshear and Abramson officially filed their candidacy.[8]

Businessman Phil Moffett, Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, and State Senate president David L. Williams were the declared Republican candidates.[9] Agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer[10] Secretary of State Trey Grayson,[11] and Businessman Bill Johnson,[12] were also speculated candidates, but all declined. However, Farmer would run as Williams' running mate.[9] The Williams-Farmer ticket won the primary on May 17.[13]

In the general election, Beshear won, defeating Williams and independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith.

Earl Ray Tomblin (West Virginia)

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia ruled on January 18, 2011 that the state must hold a special gubernatorial election in 2011[14] to fill the vacancy resulting from Joe Manchin's election to the United States Senate. State Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin ascended to the office of Acting Governor in 2010; he is eligible to seek election for the remainder of Manchin's term and has stated that he will do so.[15]

Other Democratic candidates included state House Speaker Rick Thompson, Acting President of the West Virginia Senate Jeffrey V. Kessler, state Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and state Treasurer John Perdue.[14] Tomlin overcame intra-party opposition in the May 14 primary and thus advanced to the general election.[16]

The Declared Republican candidates include former Secretary of State Betty Ireland, state Senate Minority Whip Clark Barnes,[14][17] and Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia.[18] U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito and businessman John Raese have both stated that they will not run.[19][20] Businessman Bill Maloney won the Republican primary in an upset and faced Tomblin in the general election.[16]

In the general election, Tomblin defeated Maloney.

Republican Incumbent running for re-election

Bobby Jindal (Louisiana)

In 2008 Bobby Jindal stated that it was unlikely he would run for president in 2012 and that his primary electoral goal in the future would be on re-election in 2011.[21] On August 15, 2010, he confirmed his intention to run for re-election.[22]

Candidates who opposed Jindal included Attorney Cary Deaton (D), Teachers Tara Hollis (D) and Trey Roberts (D), victim advocacy activist Androniki "Niki Bird" Papazoglakis (D), Former Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Louisiana Scott Lewis, ex-Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals David Blanchard (I), Computer Engineer Lenny Bollingham (I), Accountant Ron Ceasar (I), and Retired Volunteer Fire Chief Bob Lang (I).[23]

The election was then held on October 22 with all the candidates competing in a nonpartisan blanket primary.[24] Jindal was elected to a second term, receiving an outright majority of the vote (thus a runoff election that would have occurred on November 19 became unnecessary).

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