America’s Most Popular Governors

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10. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) of Utah
> Approval rating: 56%
> Disapproval rating: 26%
> Tenure: 9 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.2% (13th lowest)

Republican Gary Herbert first served as Utah’s Lieutenant Governor under Jon Huntsman and took over as governor when Huntsman was appointed to ambassador to China in August 2009. Herbert has been voted back in three times, including a special election in 2010. His current term does not end until 2021. Utah does not place term limits on governors.

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9. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) of Georgia
> Approval rating: 56%
> Disapproval rating: 24%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.5% (21st lowest)

Republican Nathan Deal was elected to office in 2010 and again in 2014. Restricted by state law, Deal did not seek a third term. Republican Brian Kemp takes office in January 2019 and Deal will depart as one of the 10 most popular governors.

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8. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) of Nevada
> Approval rating: 56%
> Disapproval rating: 23%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.4% (9th highest)

Restricted by term limits, Republican Brian Sandoval leaves office in January 2019 after serving for two terms. He is among the 10 most popular state governors with a 56% approval rating.

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7. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) of Texas
> Approval rating: 57%
> Disapproval rating: 26%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.7% (25th highest)

Republican Greg Abbott was first voted into the Texas Governor’s office in November 2014. Riding a near nation-leading 57% approval rating, Abbott defeated Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez in November 2018 by a 13.3 point margin. State laws do not restrict Abbott from seeking a third term.

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6. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) of Arkansas
> Approval rating: 58%
> Disapproval rating: 26%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.6% (22nd lowest)

Asa Hutchinson took office in January 2015. One of the most popular governors running for re-election, Hutchinson defeated Democratic challenger Jared Henderson by a staggering 33.7 point margin in November 2018. Hutchinson is prohibited by state law from seeking a third term in 2022.