Governor News & Analysis

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…

2010 Gubernatorial Overview (October 15, 2010)

October 15, 2010 · 3:56 PM EDT

Two of the biggest states – California and Florida – are still up for grabs. Republicans could lose both but still have a good night by picking up 6 to 8 governorships.

Colorado Governor. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) is still the favorite to win the governorship as…

2010 Gubernatorial Overview (October 8, 2010)

by Nathan L. Gonzales October 8, 2010 · 3:56 PM EDT

Republicans are still in good shape to gain governorships, while Democrats are trying to offset net losses by gaining in the biggest states. Democratic prospects improved over the last week in California (until a recent news story added another dose of uncertainty), slipped in Florida (as Democratic nominee Alex…