2026 California gubernatorial election

The 2026 California gubernatorial election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2026, to elect the governor of California.[1] Incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom will be term limited through the state's constitution and cannot run for reelection to a third term.[2]

2026 California
gubernatorial election

← 2022 November 3, 2026 2030 →

Popular election
Majority of votes needed to win
Party Democratic Republican

Governor before election

Gavin Newsom

Elected Governor


Background Edit

Eligibility and requirements Edit

Section 5 of the California Constitution states for a person to serve as governor, you must be at least 18 years old, and have been a citizen of the United States and California for at least five years. The state's constitution forbids anyone from being elected governor more than twice.[3]

Possible debate topics Edit

Abortion Edit

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision in June 2022, which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and permitted U.S. states to fully ban abortion for the first time in nearly 50 years, has made abortion a more possible issue. In the 2026 election, the topic of abortion is expected to play a major role in the Republican Party.

Crime Edit

Due to mass shootings increasingly surging in the United States, the Democratic Party has advocated for an assault weapons ban. This is most likely a major campaign topic to play out in both parties.

Candidates Edit

Democratic Party Edit

Declared Edit

Publicly expressed interest Edit

Potential Edit

Withdrew Edit

Republican Party Edit

Publicly Expressed Interest Edit

Endorsements Edit

References Edit

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