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August 25, 2014


States with the Highest Gubernatorial Re-Election Rates

A Smart Politics analysis of the more than 665 gubernatorial elections conducted since 1963 finds that 102 of 406 governors were defeated in their reelection bids (25.1 percent), with incumbents from six states notching a perfect record during this span: Vermont (18 for 18), Connecticut (7 for 7), Wyoming (6 for 6), Pennsylvania (5 for 5), North Carolina (4 for 4), and Tennessee (4 for 4).














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