Governor News & Analysis

‘Mr. Hustle’ Takes Virginia Record to National Stage

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 14, 2011 · 10:20 AM EST

Phil Cox is the only left-winger in the country trying to get Republicans elected governor.

From the hockey rink to the campaign trail, Cox has never been the attention-getter. But after managing Republican Bob McDonnell’s gubernatorial victory in Virginia and now as the new executive director of the…

Kentucky Governor: Insert Horse Race Analogy Here

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 17, 2010 · 3:30 PM EST

Two years ago, who would have thought that candidates would be trying to emulate Ron Paul’s son’s campaign? But after Republican Rand Paul’s incredible rise to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky last year, at least one candidate is trying to recreate the magic in 2011. 

The cement is…

Mississippi Governor: Haley’s Shadow

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 17, 2010 · 3:29 PM EST

The political world will be watching Mississippi next year, but not necessarily because of the state’s gubernatorial election.

Out-going Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is a potential presidential candidate and would be viewed as a considerable force in the contest for the GOP nomination in 2012 if he decides…

Louisiana Governor: Lonely at the Top

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 17, 2010 · 3:28 PM EST

Technically, voters in Louisiana will select a governor next year, but almost a year out from the election it doesn’t look as if Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is going to have much of a race.

President Obama lost the state by almost 20 points in 2008, but Democrats…

DLC’s 100 Democrats List Predicted Governors, Stars

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 14, 2010 · 2:34 PM EST

In the summer of 2000, Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley appeared on the cover of the Democratic Leadership Council’s magazine. A decade later, O’Malley was re-elected to a second term as governor of Maryland and is the new chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

O’Malley was one of the…

Rothenberg’s End of the Year Awards for 2010

by Stuart Rothenberg December 10, 2010 · 11:02 AM EST

Every year, I look back and nominate a number of politicians, campaigns and politically related entities as the “best,” “worst” or even “weirdest” of the cycle. I’m doing it again this year, because — let’s be honest — it’s a way of combining political analysis with personal animosity.

Well, That was Quite an Election, Wasn’t It?

by Stuart Rothenberg December 3, 2010 · 4:01 PM EST

I know, everything has been said about the 2010 midterm elections but not everyone has said it. Don’t worry. I’ll be brief.

The exit polls showed movement toward the GOP by most demographic groups. Independent voters went strongly Republican (by 18 percentage points), thereby reversing their 2008 and…

The Right Rises At a Ripe Time

by Nathan L. Gonzales November 15, 2010 · 8:56 AM EST

Democrats couldn’t have picked a worse year to get hit with a political wave at the state level. The surge of 2010 puts Republicans in total control of redrawing congressional maps for more than 40 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives.

“2010 will go down…

2010 Gubernatorial Overview (October 28, 2010)

October 28, 2010 · 11:41 PM EDT

While Democrats are bracing for huge losses in the House and the Senate, things actually could have been worse for the President’s party in gubernatorial races. Make no mistake, Republicans are going to gain governorships, but with California moving to a likely takeover and Democratic candidates well-positioned to win…

2010 Gubernatorial Overview (October 22, 2010)

October 22, 2010 · 5:56 PM EDT

Democratic prospects have improved recently in California, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont. Wins in two or more of those states would go a long way in warding off a terrible Election Night for the Democratic Party. Republicans will still gain governorships, but it’s possible they only gain a handful instead…