2010 Pre-Election State Governors
This map shows the control of governors' offices before the Nov. 2, 2010, election. Democrats have the edge going into the election in the tally of governors—26-23—with one Independent. There are a record 37 races for governor this year. Because of term limits, retirements and primary defeats, there are 24 states guaranteed to have a new governor in January 2011. In addition, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven is running for an open U.S. Senate seat that he is heavily favored to win, which will force him to resign as governor. That will bring the number of guaranteed new governors to 25 in 2011. If just two of the 13 incumbent governors seeking re-election fail to win, that will tie the record for most rookie governors set in 1920 at 27.