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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Bundy’s brother Ryan was a recent independent candidate in Nevada’s 2018 gubernatorial race. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Ammon Bundy breaks with Trump on anti-migrant rhetoric: ‘It’s all fear-based’," 28 Nov. 2018 Hannity appeared at multiple campaign rallies in the lead-up to his appearance in Missouri, campaigning for Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas and Ron Desantis in Florida’s gubernatorial race — both of whom went on to win their elections. Carlos Maza, Vox, "Fox News keeps breaking its own rules," 27 Nov. 2018 Some of the races outstanding have been overlooked as both the Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida are in the throes of a recount process that has spurred a flurry of legal activity. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Democratic Gains in the House Could Climb to 38 Seats," 12 Nov. 2018 Voter suppression was already an issue in the Georgia gubernatorial race. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams’s Campaign Says Recount or Runoff Is Possible—If All Georgia Votes Are Actually Counted—While Andrew Gillum’s Race Enters Recount Range in Florida," 8 Nov. 2018 Although much of the limelight is on Congressional races and gubernatorial races, US citizens also have the chance to vote on some important initiatives, measures, and amendments that are specific to their state. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "States will vote on these energy and environment issues in midterm elections," 4 Nov. 2018 It is currently governed by the Green Party, but is set to come under control of the leftist Morena party of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, after the Greens lost the gubernatorial race two months ago. Fox News, "Mexico: Alleged lookout nabbed in murder of Chiapas reporter," 24 Sep. 2018 But in looking at the issue in the gubernatorial races, the good news for expansion proponents is that Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who opposed the health law and briefly supported Medicaid expansion then opposed it, is leaving office. Phil Galewitz And David Smiley, miamiherald, "In Florida, mid-term elections hold little hope for Medicaid expansion," 6 July 2018 His coalition also appeared poised to take four of eight gubernatorial races, the Mexico City mayor’s office and likely majorities in both houses of Congress. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Mexico's new populist president pledges to work cordially with President Donald Trump," 2 July 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


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

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: relating to a governor

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