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.
Democrats and Republicans in 18 states have now set or tied their longest gubernatorial winning streak in party history.
Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin each had unusually close races for governor this cycle.