Gubernatorial Elections 2002

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Gubernatorial Elections 2002
Thirty-six states, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Thirty-six states, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands held elections for governor in 2002. Below is a listing of the elections, the then current governor, and the primary election date. Click on the state name to link to state election sites.

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Incumbent Governor

Primary Election Date

AlabamaDon Siegelman (D)June 4
AlaskaTony Knowles (D)1Aug. 27
ArizonaJane Dee Hull (R)1Sept. 10
ArkansasMike Huckabee (R)Oct. 15
CaliforniaGray Davis (D)March 5
ColoradoBill Owens (R)Aug. 13
ConnecticutJohn G. Rowland (R)Sept. 10
FloridaJeb Bush (R)Sept. 10
GeorgiaRoy Barnes (D)Aug. 20
GuamCarl T.C. Gutierrez (D)1Sept. 7
HawaiiBenjamin J. Cayetano (D)1Sept. 21
IdahoDirk Kempthorne (R)May 28
IllinoisGeorge Ryan (R)2March 19
IowaTom Vilsack (D)June 4
KansasBill Graves (R)1Aug. 6
MaineAngus S. King Jr. (I)1June 11
MarylandParris N. Glendening (D)1Sept. 10
MassachusettsJane M. Swift (R)2Sept. 17
MichiganJohn Engler (R)1Aug. 6
MinnesotaJesse Ventura (MN Independence)2Sept. 10
NebraskaMike Johanns (R)May 14
NevadaKenny Guinn (R)Sept. 3
New HampshireJeanne Shaheen (D)2Sept. 10
New MexicoGary E. Johnson (R)1June 4
New YorkGeorge E. Pataki (R)Sept. 10
OhioBob Taft (R)May 7
OklahomaFrank Keating (R)1Aug. 27
OregonJohn A. Kitzhaber (D)1May 21
PennsylvaniaMark Schweiker (R)2May 21
Rhode IslandLincoln Almond (R)1Sept. 10
South CarolinaJim Hodges (D)June 11
South DakotaWilliam J. Janklow (R)1June 4
TennesseeDon Sundquist (R)1Aug. 1
TexasRick Perry (R)March 12
VermontHoward Dean, M.D. (D)2Sept. 10
Virgin IslandsCharles Turnbull (D)Sept. 14
WisconsinScott McCallum (R)Sept. 10
WyomingJim Geringer (R)1Aug. 20

1. Governor is prohibited from seeking reelection to another term.

2. Governor has indicated he/she will not seek reelection to another term.

Source: National Governors Association; Web:

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