Just six of the 43 states with stand-alone offices of lieutenant governor have yet to see a former or sitting lieutenant governor become governor at the ballot box.
McAuliffe could become the first governor to get renominated by his party since the one-term limit went into effect in the 1850s.
The Beehive State’s former chief executive may be one of several prominent Republicans looking at a 2020 bid.
In 2015, Democratic gubernatorial nominees in each of these states received the lowest support recorded by their party in more than 140 years.
The party is in the midst of its biggest winning streak in statewide races in 70 years.
Each of the last three Kentucky governors seeking another term did so with a new running mate.
Just six governors hail from a different party than their state’s U.S. Senate delegation; 34 governors are from the same party.
Democrats have won just four of 135 elections to statewide office in the Deep South since Barack Obama became president.
Only three other governors have made more than one appointment to the chamber during the last 64 years.
Winning candidates in four states – two Democrats and two Republicans – received the largest support recorded by their party in a race for governor since statehood.