Governor News & Analysis

Off-Year Governors Races Look Challenging for GOP

Stuart Rothenberg March 14, 2017 · 10:00 AM EDT

Gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey will get plenty of attention this year, in part because of Donald Trump’s victory and the developing divisions in the two major parties.

Observers will be looking for possible signs that Trump’s “new” Republican Party is changing the political arithmetic or that Democrats…

At DGA, Pearson Quietly Pulling Democrats Back to Prominence

Nathan L. Gonzales February 21, 2017 · 9:15 AM EST

Democratic lawmakers probably wouldn’t recognize Elisabeth Pearson if she walked into their Capitol Hill office, but they might be owing her their jobs before too long. 

As executive director of the Democratic Governors Association and a leading strategist in the party’s redistricting efforts, Pearson’s success will determine how long members…

Fight Over Congressional Redistricting Begins With Key Gubernatorial Contests

Stuart Rothenberg February 8, 2017 · 9:00 AM EST

While the 2020 census is still three years away, the fight for control of the congressional redistricting process is underway -- in developing gubernatorial contests in a handful of key states.

Yes, there are plenty of unknowns about reapportionment and redistricting, since the courts, the Trump Justice Department and state…

Women’s March: A Moment or a Movement?

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 27, 2017 · 4:18 PM EST

Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump took the oath of office, hundreds of thousands of women descended onto the streets of Washington, D.C. in protest of the new president. 

There were immediate comparisons to the Tea Party movement that began in 2009 with rallies against new President Barack Obama,…

Pelosi Remains But ‘Winter is Coming’ for Democrats

Nathan L. Gonzales December 7, 2016 · 9:08 AM EST

Nancy Pelosi survived her leadership election and will continue to lead House Democrats in the next Congress. But the fact that she received a credible challenge, who was supported by one-third of her members, is yet another sign that the times have changed for the Democratic Party.

For the last…

Gubernatorial Losers Descend on Next Congress

Nathan L. Gonzales December 6, 2016 · 9:15 AM EST

Getting to know your new classmates is always an awkward experience, but a handful of new House members will have at least one thing in common: losing a race for governor.

Two years ago, Democrat Anthony Brown lost the Maryland gubernatorial race to Republican Larry Hogan in an upset, 51…

Donald Trump, Golden Shepherds, and the 2016 Election

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Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2016 · 3:00 PM EST

I missed it. The most important election of my kids’ lifetimes and I missed it. I just didn’t see how the Golden Shepherd would defeat the Monarch Butterfly to become the official mascot of their public elementary school.

All the data pointed to a Monarch victory. A majority of the…

Gubernatorial Races Headed for Photo Finish

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Nathan L. Gonzales November 3, 2016 · 3:57 PM EDT

Unsurprisingly, there is late movement in a handful of gubernatorial races.

In Vermont, Democrats are banking on former Democrat Sue Minter being pulled across the finish line by the Democratic lean of the Green Mountain State, and we often put a heavy weight on fundamentals. But GOP Lt. Gov Phil…

Ratings Shift in Six Races for Governor

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Nathan L. Gonzales October 14, 2016 · 3:27 PM EDT

A dozen states will vote for governor next month, but you’d hardly know it from the avalanche of media coverage surrounding the presidential race and fight for the Senate. 

Unlike the Senate map, where Republicans are defending more states than Democrats, Democrats are defending more governorships than Republicans this year,…

Republicans Target Governorship in Bernie Sanders’ Vermont

Nathan L. Gonzales August 18, 2016 · 9:30 AM EDT

Sen. Bernie Sanders believes his political revolution will elect progressive candidates around the country, but Republicans have their sights set on electing a governor in his home state.

Even though Vermont is viewed as a liberal New England state, it wasn’t that long ago that it had a Republican…