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United States gubernatorial elections, 2003

United States gubernatorial elections, 2003

October 7, 2003 (CA), November 6, 2003 (KY and MS), October 4, 2003 and November 15, 2003 (LA)

Governorships of California, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi
  Majority party Minority party
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 26 governorships 24 governorships
Seats before 26 24
Seats after 28 22
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2

  Republican pickups
  Democratic pickups

Four gubernatorial elections were held in the U.S. in 2003. Kentucky and Mississippi held their general elections on November 4. Louisiana held the first round of its jungle primary on October 4 and the runoff on November 15. In addition, California held a recall election on October 7.

The Republican Party had a net gain of 2 seats in 2003, picking up an open seat in Kentucky, removing a Democratic governor in California, and defeating a Democratic governor in Mississippi, while losing an open seat to the Democrats in Louisiana. The election was unusual because every seat up for election changed hands.

Election results

A bolded state name indicates an article specific to that state's election.
State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
California Gray Davis Democratic Recalled, 55.4%-44.6% Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) 48.58%
Cruz Bustamante (D) 31.47%
Tom McClintock (R) 13.41%
Peter Camejo (G) 2.8%
Full List
Kentucky Paul E. Patton Democratic Term-limited, Republican victory Ernie Fletcher (R) 55%
Ben Chandler (D) 45%
Louisiana Mike Foster Republican Term-limited, Democratic victory Bobby Jindal (R) 33% (48% in runoff)
Kathleen Blanco (D) 18% (52% in runoff)
Richard P. Ieyoub (D) 16%
Claude "Buddy" Leach (D) 14%
Randy Ewing (D) 9%
Hunt Downer (R) 6%
Mississippi Ronnie Musgrove Democratic Defeated, 45.81% Haley Barbour (R) 52.59%
John Thomas Cripps (Const.) 0.71%
Shawn O'Hara (Ref.) 0.46%
Sherman Lee Dillon (G) 0.44%

External links

  • Mississippi Certified Election Results
  • California Election Results CA Secretary of State Site
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