The 11 states where governors will be chosen this fall, and the major candidates running so far:

DELAWARE: Democratic Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (searchseeks a second term. Bill Lee, a retired judge, and airline pilot Michael Protack bid for the GOP nomination.

INDIANA: Democratic Gov. Joe Kernan (searchgoes before voters for the first time since he took over when former Gov. Frank O'Bannon died last year. Former White House budget director Mitch Daniels and conservative activist Eric Miller seek GOP nod.

MISSOURI: Democratic Gov. Bob Holden (searchfaces primary challenge from state Auditor Claire McCaskill. Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt, son of four-term GOP Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, leads several other candidates.

MONTANA: One-term GOP Gov. Judy Martz (searchbowed out after one bruising term. Republicans running include consultant Pat Davison and Bob Brown, secretary of state. Democrats include farmer Brian Schweitzer, an unsuccessful Senate candidate in 2000, and county commissioner John Vincent.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: GOP Gov. Craig Benson (searchis finishing his first term, without any visible GOP opponent yet. Likely Democratic candidates could include former Attorney General Philip McLaughlin and House Minority Leader Peter Burling.

NORTH DAKOTA: Republican Gov. John Hoeven (search), running for a second term, will face Democrat Joe Satrom, a former state senator and conservation official with Ducks Unlimited.

NORTH CAROLINA: Democratic Gov. Mike Easley (searchfaces no primary opposition yet in his bid for a second term. Several Republicans seek nomination, including former state party chairman and congressman Bill Cobey and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot.

UTAH: GOP Gov. Olene Walker (search), who took office after former Gov. Mike Leavitt became head of the EPA, faces a crowded Republican primary. Law school dean Scott Matheson Jr., son of a former governor, leads Democrats.

VERMONT: Republican Gov. Jim Douglas (searchsays he will run for a second term. Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle is seeking the Democratic nomination.

WASHINGTON: Attorney General Christine Gregoire, Seattle-area county executive Ron Sims and former judge Phil Talmadge seek Democratic nomination, after two-term Democratic Gov. Gary Locke bowed out. Former state Sen. Dino Rossi seeks Republican nomination.

WEST VIRGINIA: Democratic Gov. Bob Wise (searchchose not to seek a second term after acknowledging an extramarital affair. Democrats include Secretary of State Joe Manchin and former state Sen. Lloyd Jackson. Republicans include South Charleston Mayor Richard Robb and former state tax secretary Rob Capehart.