gu·ber·na·to·ri·al | \ˌgü-bər-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl, ˌgyü-, ˌgu̇-, -bə-\

Definition of gubernatorial 

: of or relating to a governor the gubernatorial election

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By contrast to the low-key lieutenant governor’s race, a series of debates are scheduled for both parties at the gubernatorial level. Christopher Keating,, "No Debates Set in Lt Governor's Primary," 11 July 2018 The Republican gubernatorial map is rough for the party as the Senate map is for Democrats. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 But this year, the Legislature’s delay undercuts its power because the formal legislative session ends July 31, and a formal roll call vote is required to override a gubernatorial veto. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout,, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 Image During his tenure, Iowa’s gubernatorial terms doubled, from two to four years. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Robert D. Ray, Centrist G.O.P. Governor of Iowa, Dies at 89," 10 July 2018 During Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial tenure in Arkansas, the state prison system — which was self-supporting, largely through inmate farm labor — collected and sold inmate blood, often taken from the riskiest element of the prison population. James Freeman, WSJ, "Yet Another Reason to Thank the Founding Fathers," 3 July 2018 Members are elected during the primary in a gubernatorial election year and serve four-year terms. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford central committees will have new, several old faces," 2 July 2018 The campaign manager for a Democratic statewide candidate advised fringe Republican gubernatorial contender Harley Brown during Idaho’s primary election, offering tips on how to respond to reports that Brown threatened a radio host. Melissa Davlin, idahostatesman, "'Call (him) fake news,' Dem adviser told Harley Brown after threat to Boise radio host," 29 June 2018 In Mississippi, District Attorney Michael Guest easily defeated former gubernatorial aide Whit Hughes to seize the GOP nomination in the 3rd Congressional District, where Rep. Gregg Harper is retiring. Author: Sean Sullivan, David Weigel, Anchorage Daily News, "Top House Democrat loses in upset; Trump extends his winning streak in GOP primaries," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of gubernatorial

1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gubernatorial

Latin gubernator governor, steersman, from gubernare to govern — more at govern

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English Language Learners Definition of gubernatorial

: of or relating to the governor of a U.S. state or to the position of governor


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: relating to a governor

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