If the Governor loses a presidential election….?

Question by bellerphon w: If the Governor loses a presidential election….?
if a governor loses presidential election does he still stay on as the Governer of his home state?

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Answer by cashcobra
Yes unless he has resigned his office.

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  • February 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    In most states, Governors serve a four-year term and they are elected in the even-numbered years BETWEEN leap years. So, most of the time, when a sitting Governor runs for President, they are in the middle of their term as Governor, with two years more to go. So, if they lose, they still have two years left to go before their current term is up.

    Jimmy Carter was elected Governor of Georgia in 1970 for a four-year term. He did not run for re-election as Gov. in 1974. He was not a sitting Gov. when he ran for President in 1976, he was a former Gov. Ronald Reagan was elected Gov. of California in 1966, re-elected in 1970. He had been out of the Governor’s seat of California for 6 years when he was elected President in 1980.

    Bill Clinton was the sitting Governor of Arkansas when he was elected Prez in 1992. At that point, he had to give up the governorship to assume the Presidency. Same thing when Bush was elected in 2000.

    A Governor who ran for President and lost was Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts in 1988. He continued to serve 2 more years as Gov. of that state after he lost.

    But some states have the gubernatorial elections at the same time as the Presidential election. I can’t recall any Governors of those states ever running for President at the end of their terms. Presumably, they wouldn’t be running for President and for re-election as Governor at the same time — most state laws prohibit that kind of dual-candidacy.

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