Governor News & Analysis

2010 Gubernatorial Overview (October 1, 2010)

October 1, 2010 · 4:31 PM EDT

Republican prospects in California might have taken a hit this week, but overall, the GOP is in still in position to gain 6-8 governorships.

California Governor. Former eBey CEO Meg Whitman’s (R) road to the governor’s mansion got a bit rockier this week when her former housekeeper hired…

2010 Gubernatorial Overview (September 24, 2010)

September 24, 2010 · 5:16 PM EDT

Republicans continue to be well-positioned to make significant gains at the state level and are likely to pick up between 6 and 8 governorships. Here are some state-by-state updates. 

Hawaii Governor. Cong. Neil Abercrombie (D) handily defeated Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary and moves on…

State Waves Add to Democrats’ National Woes

by Stuart Rothenberg September 24, 2010 · 9:21 AM EDT

Everyone agrees a political wave will hit on Nov. 2, though Democrats and Republicans disagree on the size of it. Some see a “normal” political wave, while others expect a political tsunami.

Obviously, with reapportionment and redistricting on the schedule for 2011 and 2012, a huge Republican victory…

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…