Governor News & Analysis

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…

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…