GOP Looks to Gains in Governorships

by Sal on July 28, 2009

in Election 2009,Election 2010,Politics

The ever-brilliant electoral analyst Michael Barone had a column in last week’s Washington Examiner which outlined how many formerly-popular Democrat Governors are in trouble.  In both of this year’s gubernatorial races, New Jersey and Virginia, the Democrat is behind in the polls.  In New Jersey, incumbent Gov. Corzine trails Republican challenger Chris Christie by a wide 15-point margin, and in Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell leads Democrat Creigh Deeds.

The warning signs for Democrat governors extends into next year’s races as well.  Democrat incumbents across the nation are losing support, including Gov. Deval Patrick of MA, Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, North Carolina’s Bev Perdue, Colorado’s Bill Ritter, and Washington’s Christine Gregoire, Oregon’s Ted Kulongoski, Wisconson’s Jim Doyle, and Michigan’s Jennifer Grahmhold, and New York’s David Patterson.

Republicans currently hold 22 of the 50 governorships, so a net-change of 4 would give Republicans a majority control of the nation’s Governorships.  With so many unpopular Democrat governors, this does not seem at all out of the realm of possibility.  Though the Democrats will likely pick up a couple of races (Rhode Island, where Gov. Don Carcieri is term-limited, and Nevada, where Gov. Jim Gibbons is plagued by scandal), the Republicans have far more pickup opportunities than the Democrats.  Governors help shape new policy in the states, and it is the Governorships of Republicans that led to many of the Conservative ideas of the 1990s that were enacted.  A substantial increase in the governorships would be a welcome change in direction for our country, and a good first step at countering the onslaught of liberalism.

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Chris July 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

I am pleased that both Republicans are up in the polls in NJ and VA. I can make a pretty long list of how Corzine screwed up NJ and Kaine and Warner had similar screwups in VA. Common thing between both states is that developers have benefitted heavily from Democrat power and influence…this is evident by driving around Fairfax Co and getting stuck in a massive traffic jam…the infrastructure cannot handle the influx of new residents.

Unlike recent years in NJ, the Republican nominee is doing a good job campaigning and the Democrat seems to not have his heart fully in it…this is evidenced by seeing Corzine on July 4th campaigning in Long Branch…not only did he not look well, but he didn’t look like he wanted to be there. Furthermore, nobody was stopping to say hello…his handlers and the state police had to stop people and ask them if they wanted to meet the governor.

The only thing that worries me is that Dems will make a switch in October (Corzine for Rothman, Pallone or Booker) like they did in the 2002 Senate race (Lautenberg for Toricelli) and because we have the state supreme court that we do, they will get away with it again.

Looking at your list of other governors in jeopardy, I agree that many of them can be defeated…in WA, I’d be amused if Dino Rossi went up against Gregoire for a 3rd time, I hope Giuliani decides to go against Paterson and even though she’s a little too moderate for my taste, Meg Whitman’s candidacy in CA is intriguing.

Who is running against Deval Patrick?


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