Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has already announced his intention to run for re-election. To date he has drawn two Democratic opponents, Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear (D), and state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook). No one from the six-member congressional delegation (5R-1D), either for the primary or general election, is expected to enter the Governor’s race even though they wouldn’t have to risk their House seat to do so.
Mississippi is the remaining state holding a 2019 gubernatorial election. Here, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) is ineligible to seek a third term. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) is expected to announce his gubernatorial candidacy before the legislative session begins, which is scheduled for January 8th.
It is believed that Mr. Reeves could have been appointed to the vacant US Senate seat when Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) was chosen, but turned down the opportunity in order to run for Governor, so there is no doubt that he will soon become a candidate.
Attorney General Jim Hood (D), a popular four-term incumbent, previously announced his gubernatorial candidacy and is expected to be a strong opponent to Mr. Reeves, making this contest one to watch next year.
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