Governor News & Analysis

Virginia Governor: Old Dominion, New Election

by Jacob Rubashkin June 18, 2021 · 2:30 PM EDT

It has been a quiet year for elections so far, with a handful of special congressional races producing status quo outcomes that barely registered in the political consciousness.

But that quiet could be coming to a close as Virginia gears up for November, when it will host the most expensive…

Gubernatorial Updates (June 18, 2021)

June 18, 2021 · 2:28 PM EDT

ARIZONA. Open; Doug Ducey (R), term-limited. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the highest ranking elected Democrat in the state, is running to succeed Ducey in what will be one of 2022’s most competitive gubernatorial contests. Hobbs, who saw her national profile grow in the wake of the state GOP’s “audit”…

While You Were Underground: A Political Update for Cicadas

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 17, 2021 · 9:26 AM EDT

After living underground for 17 years, cicadas must find the political world a confusing place. So if you see any perplexed cicadas flying around the Washington area, wondering how things changed since the spring of 2004, just send them a link to this quick update. 

Considering Republicans were in control…

Could Supreme Court Supercharge Midterms With Abortion Ruling?

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 3, 2021 · 8:58 AM EDT

If redistricting hadn’t complicated the midterm elections enough, a Supreme Court decision on one of the country’s most polarizing issues has the potential to supercharge the fight for the House and Senate.

Last month, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a challenge to a new Mississippi law —…

Report Shorts (May 7, 2021)

May 7, 2021 · 2:26 PM EDT

California Governor Recall
The race to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is (nearly) official, after organizers turned in significantly more validated signatures than necessary to put the Democrat on the ballot this fall. While there are still some procedural hoops left to jump through, the recall — just the second…

California Governor Recall: Does Jenner Help or Hurt the GOP cause?

by Jacob Rubashkin April 26, 2021 · 12:50 PM EDT

Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic decathlete and current reality TV star, recently announced she is running as a Republican for governor of California in this year’s likely recall election. She joins former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 gubernatorial nominee John Cox, both Republicans, as the most prominent candidates…

Report Shorts (April 23, 2021)

by Jacob Rubashkin April 23, 2021 · 2:28 PM EDT

Florida’s 20th District
The death of Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who represented parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties for more than 28 years, has set off a large scrum for this solidly Democratic seat that Joe Biden carried by 55 points. The declared candidates already include state Sen.…

Rhode Island At-Large: The Election Democrats Don’t Want to Happen

by Jacob Rubashkin March 5, 2021 · 2:30 PM EST

The last time Rhode Island had just one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, there were 15 states in the Union, George Washington was president, and the hottest track in America was Handel’s “Messiah.” The year was 1792.

For the next 230 years, the Ocean State had two (and…

2021-22 Gubernatorial Overview: Hail to the (State) Chiefs

by Jacob Rubashkin February 19, 2021 · 2:30 PM EST

Natural disaster, mass protests, election administration, and the omnipresent coronavirus pandemic have cemented governors as an unmissable part of the American landscape. Last year, state chiefs stepped into the void left by the federal government. This year, the opportunity to exercise leadership and political power will likely come again.


2021-22 Gubernatorial Overview (Feb. 19, 2021) Alabama - Illinois

by Jacob Rubashkin February 19, 2021 · 2:29 PM EST

ALABAMA. Kay Ivey (R), assumed office 2017, elected 2018 (60%). Ivey, who took over for the scandal-plagued Robert Bentley in early 2017, will have served for nearly seven years by Election Day, but is eligible to seek a second consecutive full term under Alabama’s constitution. If she runs, her vulnerability…