IN THE STATES

Open Races Create Historically Large Fields

More than 200 candidates are vying for 38 governors races.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 12, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

“More than 200 can­did­ates have pub­licly an­nounced their cam­paigns for gov­ernor, with new can­did­ates mak­ing their bids of­fi­cial on an al­most daily basis. Dozens more are con­sid­er­ing runs of their own, and both parties ex­pect some of their most po­tent can­did­ates to jump in over the com­ing weeks and months.”

“The rash of new can­did­ates is un­like any­thing polit­ic­al ob­serv­ers have seen. Many at­trib­ute the rush of gubernat­ori­al hope­fuls to the un­usu­ally large num­ber of open seats: Sev­en­teen states have gov­ernors who are pre­ven­ted from run­ning again by term lim­its. In those 17 states, 129 can­did­ates have already said they will run. … In the last half cen­tury, the av­er­age midterm elec­tion cycle — when about two-thirds of the states elect their gov­ernors — has fea­tured just over eight open seats. … The num­ber of open seats this year is more than double the av­er­age.” (The Hill)

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