Governor News & Analysis

North Dakota Governor: Burgum Bows Out?

by Jacob Rubashkin June 15, 2023 · 10:47 AM EDT

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s decision to launch a long-shot bid for the GOP presidential nomination makes it even more likely that the billionaire businessman does not seek a third term as the state’s governor.

That means the Peace Garden State could see an open seat gubernatorial election for just…

Kentucky Governor: Cameron Wins, Quarles Places, Craft Shows

by Jacob Rubashkin May 17, 2023 · 9:53 AM EDT

Not every race ends in a photo finish.

On Tuesday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron easily won the GOP nomination for governor. He captured 48 percent of the vote, well ahead of state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who came in second with 22 percent.

Back in third was Kelly Craft,…

Report Shorts (May 5, 2023)

May 5, 2023 · 2:27 PM EDT

Maryland Senate. Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin announced he will not seek re-election, setting up a competitive Democratic primary to replace him. Rep. David Trone is running, as is Montgomery County Councilman Will Jawando. Rep. Jamie Raskin says he’ll take May to decide. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is likely…

Kentucky Governor: Riders Up!

by Jacob Rubashkin May 5, 2023 · 2:27 PM EDT

The biggest horse race of the month isn’t taking place at Churchill Downs. It’s at the ballot box. 

The winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby may trot away with $1.86 million, but that’s less than one-fifth of what three Republican gubernatorial hopefuls have spent on TV ahead of the state’s…

North Carolina Governor: 2024’s Marquee Matchup

by Erin Covey May 2, 2023 · 10:15 AM EDT

Mark Robinson’s first campaign rally announcing his run for governor of North Carolina was more notable for what he didn’t say than what he did say. At a racing track in Alamance County last weekend, the Republican lieutenant governor hit on a number of tried-and-true conservative talking points on taxes,…

Report Shorts (April 21, 2023)

April 21, 2023 · 2:26 PM EDT

California’s 47th District. Former Rep. Harley Rouda ended his comeback bid after suffering a traumatic brain injury. The Democrat was angling to succeed Rep. Katie Porter, who is running for Senate. That leaves state Sen. Dave Min as the most notable Democrat in the race, though attorney Joanna Weiss and…

Gubernatorial ‘Nepo Babies’

by Jacob Rubashkin April 12, 2023 · 1:45 PM EDT

“I’m not a politician,” begins a recent fundraising email from Missouri gubernatorial candidate Jay Ashcroft. “I’m an engineer.”

Ashcroft may be an engineer, but as a two-term secretary of state, gubernatorial candidate, and former state Senate hopeful, he’s certainly a politician as well. And he’s vying now to join an…

Report Shorts (April 7, 2023)

April 7, 2023 · 1:28 PM EDT

Arizona's 1st District. The field of Democrats attempting to unseat GOP Rep. David Schweikert is shaping up. Jevin Hodge, who came less than 1 point away from defeating Schweikert last cycle, announced that he won’t run in 2024. Since then, Democratic state Rep. Amish Shah and  former state party chairman…

How Trump’s Legal Problems Could Affect Down Ballot Republicans

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 3, 2023 · 1:39 PM EDT

Even if legal problems don’t hinder former President Donald Trump’s political comeback attempt, they could hurt other Republican candidates on the ballot in 2024. 

Republicans won’t have to reckon with the electoral ramifications of Trump’s indictment for now. But much of the short-term analysis (or more specifically, the overall Republican…

Report Shorts (March 24, 2023)

March 24, 2023 · 2:28 PM EDT

Arizona Senate. Kyrsten Sinema’s campaign website has stopped sending donors to Democratic platform ActBlue. Instead, the independent now directs donors to rival payment processor Anedot, which is used primarily by Republican candidates and independents. Sinema hasn’t been kicked off ActBlue (yet), and her page on that platform is still live.…