So, the 2010 election is over. Let the 2011 elections begin!
Three states — Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi — will hold gubernatorial elections on Nov. 8, 2011. One of those states, Mississippi, will have an open-seat race, while in the other two, incumbent governors are seeking re-election.
There’s also the possibility of a 2011 special election in West Virginia, where Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is vacating the governor’s mansion following his election to the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D). State Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin (D) will become acting governor when Manchin resigns, which could come as soon as the end of the week; there is currently debate over whether West Virginia law calls for a special election in 2011 or 2012.