AL GOV: Rep. Bradley Byrne (R) announced last week “that he will seek a third term to Congress in 2018, and will not run for governor unless current Gov. Kay Ivey (R) decides not to run.” (AL.com)
“Ivey filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 18 to form a principal campaign committee.” (AL.com) “People close to the governor said this week they expect Ivey to make an announcement on whether or not she’ll seek a term in her own right sometime between Labor Day and the Sept. 26 Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat held by Luther Strange.” (Montgomery Advertiser)
State House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D) announced he would not run run. (release)
AK GOV: Gov. Bill Walker (I) and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (D) “filed Monday to run an independent campaign for re-election.” (Alaska Dispatch News)
Former Sen. Mark Begich (D) “says he is considering running for governor … and he hopes to make a decision in the next few months.” (AP) Former state Senate President Ben Stevens (R) “says he’s thinking about running for governor in next year’s election.” (Alaska Dispatch News)
FL GOV: Former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-18) told CNN he won’t seek political office in 2018. (Palm Beach Post)
KS GOV: Former state Rep. Mark Hutton (R) said last week “he is running and named a campaign treasurer.” (Wichita Eagle)
State Senate President Susan Wagle (R) “will not run for either governor or Congress, she said [last month] after she had openly considered both races.” (Wichita Eagle)
State House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. (R) said last week “he does not have plans to run for governor in 2018.” (Hutchinson News)
NV GOV: Consultant Vince Juaristi (D) announced last month he would not run for governor. (Elko Daily Free Press)
WY GOV: Former state Rep. Mary Throne (D) “announced her intent to run for Governor” last month. (KGWN)
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