gu·​ber·​na·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌgü-bər-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce gubernatorial (audio) , ˌgyü-, ˌgu̇-, -bə-\

Definition of gubernatorial

: of or relating to a governor the gubernatorial election

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Those Kentucky chapters are involved in the state’s heated gubernatorial race this year, where an unpopular Republican governor, Matt Bevin, faces Democratic challenger Andy Beshear. Laura Krantz,, "Youth activists push gun control to forefront of 2020 campaign," 13 July 2019 For comparison, a record $45 million was spent in the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race. Josh Goad,, "Who paid all that money to buy all those nuclear bailout ads raining on Ohio?," 2 July 2019 Age: 67 Years in politics: 16 Who gives him money: Government workers, lawyers and lobbyists, and real-estate firms funded his gubernatorial races. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 race," 24 June 2019 Its gubernatorial race, with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper up for re-election, could be the most competitive 2020 governor's race of the cycle. NBC News, "Biden's reversal on Hyde Amendment caps a tough week," 7 June 2019 The 2018 gubernatorial race was the most expensive in state history by more than double., "Campaign contribution limits pass Oregon House," 6 June 2019 Where applicable, gubernatorial candidates who pledge to reject any map drawn with citizen voting-age population will have to be elected, too. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question," 27 June 2019 Although former gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet is also vying for the nomination, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee officially endorsed Gideon Tuesday morning. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "National Democrats rally behind Maine lawmaker Sara Gideon's bid to beat Susan Collins," 26 June 2019 Stankye and other supporters were encouraged last fall, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont came to Derby and pledged to support the center. Daniela Altimari,, "Officials in the Valley dismayed by Gov. Ned Lamont’s reversal on fire training center," 25 June 2019

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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


gu·​ber·​na·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌgü-bər-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce gubernatorial (audio) , ˌgyü-\

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: relating to a governor

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