Governor News & Analysis

2010 Gubernatorial Overview (September 17, 2010)

September 17, 2010 · 4:22 PM EDT

As Democrats get ready to take their lumps in federal races, the outlook in governorships is no better. Races in California, Oregon, New Mexico, and Maine that looked like great Democratic opportunities earlier in the cycle now appear to be heading toward the Republicans. Democrats are still competitive in…

New Strickland poll shows Ohio Governor down three points

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 16, 2010 · 10:08 PM EDT

After a battery of recent public polls showed Gov. Ted Strickland (D) slipping in his bid for re-election, the Democratic incumbent released his own poll that shows he’s not dead yet.

Former Cong. John Kasich (R) led Strickland 48%-45% in large sample of 1,200 likely voters conducted September…

Gubernatorial Update (August 27, 2010)

August 27, 2010 · 9:56 AM EDT

Republican prospects have taken a hit in the races for governor in Colorado and Connecticut putting a dent in the potential for a huge year for the GOP. Republicans are still in strong position but we’re revising our outlook downward slightly from a minimum GOP gain of eight seats…

Mixed News in Tuesday’s Results

by Stuart Rothenberg August 25, 2010 · 3:46 PM EDT

Tuesday’s results were an uncomfortable reminder to strategists in both parties that this is a strange election cycle. While the surprises were on the Republican side, they confirm a level of dissatisfaction, at least on the political right, with politics as usual and established politicians.

Certainly many current…

Florida Governor: Just Where Exactly Did Rick Scott Come From?

by Stuart Rothenberg July 28, 2010 · 1:27 PM EDT

The story of Florida gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott (R) surely is one of the weirder stories in what is already an unusual political year.

Scott began his bid for the state’s top office as a political unknown who had run a company, Columbia/HCA, which was accused of defrauding…

Tancredo Seriously Exploring Gov Run as Independent

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 21, 2010 · 4:21 PM EDT

Former GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and is known nationally for leading the charge against illegal immigration, is seriously exploring a run for governor of Colorado as an Independent and will announce his intentions soon.

“We cannot win the governorship…

Nebraska Governor’s Race News Just a Yawner

by Stuart Rothenberg July 12, 2010 · 1:23 PM EDT

The Omaha World Herald has reported that Gov. Dave Heinemann (R) may run unopposed in November following the exit from the race earlier this month of Democrat Mark Lakers. While that would be an interesting development given the rarity of incumbent governors running unopposed, it wouldn’t change Democrats’ chances…

2010 Gubernatorial Overview

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 2, 2010 · 3:00 PM EDT

Similar to the fights for the House and the Senate, the gubernatorial landscape has shifted dramatically toward the Republicans. At the beginning of the cycle, Republicans and Democrats looked like they had an even number of opportunities, particularly in open seats. But over the last nine months, the Republican…

Let’s Poke Holes in the ‘Anti-Incumbent’ Hype

June 18, 2010 · 3:00 PM EDT

My heart sank when I saw my friend Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post write about this cycle’s elections and whether they really deserved the “anti-incumbent” moniker that they have received. Damn it, I thought, there goes another half-written column that I have to toss into the trash.

But Chris…

Is Reid Better Off Than He Was a Week Ago?

by Stuart Rothenberg June 16, 2010 · 9:00 AM EDT

The post-Nevada primary chorus was loud and clear last week after former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle won the GOP Senate primary and the right to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in November.

Everyone seems to think that Reid is measurably better off now than he was…