Top Democratic Races for Governor from Key Swing States
While the They See Blue® organization isn't financially supporting the Democratic nominees for governor in key states — including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, among others — we believe it's important for you to know about these important races.
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for Governor of Arizona
Arizona Secretary of State
Hobbs, who is the state's Secretary of State, easily won the Aug. 2 Arizona Democratic primary, winning nearly 74 percent of the vote against opponent Marco Lopez's 21.5 percent. She will face Republican Kari Lake in the Nov. 8 general election. Lake, a former news anchor, won a close race against attorney and businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson in their party's primary. There are two other minor candidates.
Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia
Former Georgia House of Representatives minority leader
Abrams ran uncontested in the May 24 Georgia primary, and will face Gov. Brian Kemp in a rematch of the close 2018 gubernatorial contest. She is a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, serving as the minority leader from 2011 to 2017.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Governor of Michigan
Vying for her second term, Whitmer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, easily advancing to the Nov. 8 general election where she will face Republican Tudor Dixon. There are three other minor candidates on the ballot.
Gov. Steve Sisolak
Governor of Nevada
Sisolak easily won the Democratic primary, garnering nearly 90 percent of the vote. He will face Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the Republican primary winner who was endorsed by Donald Trump.
Josh Shapiro for Governor of Pennsylvania
State Attorney General
Shapiro ran unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. A former state lawmaker and county commissioner, he ran for attorney general for Pennsylvania in 2017.
Beto O'Rourke for Governor of Texas
A former congressman from El Paso and presidential candidate, O'Rourke easily won the March 1 primary. He will face Gov. Greg Abbott in November. O'Rourke is currently heads Texas-based Powered by People, which seeks Democratic victories through voter registration and direct voter engagement. It has helped register more than 250,000 people since its inception December 2019.
Gov. Tony Evers
Governor of Wisconsin
Evers, who is finishing up his first term as governor, ran unchallenged in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary. He will face Republican Tim Michels, who co-owned a construction company and is an Army veteran, and Independent Joan Ellis Beglinger in the Nov. 8 general election.