Andy Beshear for Governor (2019 & 2023)
In 2019, Andy Beshear won a three-way primary and then defeated a close Trump ally and sitting incumbent governor in a state Trump carried by 30 points in 2016. Four years later, despite five Republican Super PACs spending tens of millions of dollars, Beshear won re-election by more than five points.
Steve Bullock for Governor
Steve Bullock (2016) won reelection for governor in Montana by four points on the same night that Donald Trump won the state by 20 points.
Gina Raimondo for Governor
Starting down by double digits, Gina Raimondo (2014) won a three-way primary and general election in a Republican wave year, becoming the first woman governor in Rhode Island’s history and the first Democrat elected governor in more than twenty years.
Biden for Michigan
Joe Biden carried Michigan in 2020, returning the state to the Democratic column and cutting off a critical path to Trump’s reelection.