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2016 Governor and Senate Races

July 25, 2016    
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When you go to the polls this November, will you be voting on your state’s governor or a senator? Take a look at our map above! Here’s a breakdown and some more details:

Both Governor & Senate – 9
Governor only – 3
Senate only – 24
Neither – 14

Congress

Every even-numbered year, 88% of Congress is up for election – all 435 House of Representative seats and a third of the Senate’s 100 seats. This year, the “third” is 34 seats; 2018 and 2020 will both see 33 Senate elections.

Governorships

As far as gubernatorial elections, 2016 is actually pretty light. Just 12 states will vote on a governor this year, compared to 38 in 2018. What about the other two states? Both Virginia and New Jersey’s gubernatorial elections happen to be in odd years; both of them will hold elections in 2017.

Due to retirement or term limits, 7 of the 12 states with elections this year will have a new governor, while the incumbents from the other 5 are running for re-election.