Governor News & Analysis

Texas Runoffs: Likely New Members Chosen in Four Districts

May 23, 2018 · 1:16 AM EDT

Governor. Greg Abbott (R) elected 2014 (59%). Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic runoff over Andrew White, son of former Democratic Gov. Mark White (1983-1987). Valdez will face the governor, who won renomination easily with 90 percent in the March 6 primary. If Democrats are going to…

Georgia Primaries: Democrats Choose Abrams while GOPers Move to Runoff

May 23, 2018 · 1:05 AM EDT

Governor. Open; Nathan Deal (R) term-limited. Democrats believed that demographics were shifting Georgia into their column right up until Donald Trump won it 51-46 percent in 2016. Now Democrats are hoping a midterm backlash against the president will give them their first gubernatorial victory in 20 years. House Minority Leader…

Ohio Primaries: Republicans Choose Brown Challenger

May 9, 2018 · 12:21 AM EDT

Senate. Sherrod Brown (D) elected 2006 (56%), 2012 (51%). Rep. Jim Renacci won the GOP nomination in the least suspenseful Senate primary of the night, defeating investment banker Mike Gibbons 47-32 percent. Renacci was also the only GOP congressman to be victorious in a Senate primary last night, as West…

(Mostly) Political One-Liners: Hair in Montana Ads, Let’s Remember Candidates from Kentucky

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 28, 2018 · 10:30 AM EDT

Arizona’s 8th District Special (a): The House majority was in play before the special election and it’s in play after the special election (and more thoughts in the aftermath of the race).

Arizona’s 8th District Special (b): Two months ago, we changed our rating from Solid Republican to…

(Mostly) Political One-Liners: Push Polls Saga, Cynthia Nixon, and Minnesota’s 8th

April 17, 2018 · 3:00 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales and Leah Askarinam

Arkansas’ 2nd District: Congratulations to Democrat Clarke Tucker’s campaign for using the term “robocalls” in a press release even though the local media referred to them as a “push poll,” which it most likely wasn’t since push polls don’t exist.


(Mostly) Political One-Liners: Arizona 8 Special, Ryan’s Exit, and NFL Fashion

April 12, 2018 · 3:00 PM EDT

by Nathan L. Gonzales and Leah Askarinam

Arizona’s 8th District Special (a): Welcome to the big leagues, Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, who we’re learning hasn’t treated patients since 2011 and settled a malpractice lawsuit.

Arizona’s 8th District Special (b): Nathan told The Arizona Republic that “under normal conditions you…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview: Democrats Rising

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 6, 2018 · 2:30 PM EDT

If you’re wondering about the relevance of gubernatorial elections to federal races, look no further than Pennsylvania.

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the congressional map on the grounds that it was a partisan gerrymander. When the Republican-held Legislature drew a new map to try to conform…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview (April 6, 2018) Alabama - Illinois

April 6, 2018 · 2:29 PM EDT

ALABAMA. Kay Ivey (R), assumed governorship April 2017. June 5 primary. Ivey, the first female governor of Alabama since the late 1960s, is running for a full term after succeeding embattled Gov. Robert Bentley. She faces Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, state Sen. Bill Hightower, and evangelist Scott Dawson in the…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview (April 6, 2018) Iowa - New Mexico

April 6, 2018 · 2:28 PM EDT

IOWA. Kim Reynolds (R) ascended to office May 2017. June 5 primary. Reynolds, a former state senator and lieutenant governor, is running for a full term after taking office last year when Gov. Terry Branstad became President Trump’s ambassador to China. It looks like Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, former…

2018 Gubernatorial Overview (April 6, 2018) New York - Wyoming

April 6, 2018 · 2:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK. Andrew Cuomo (D) elected 2010 (63%), 2014 (54%). Actress Cynthia Nixon brought attention to an otherwise sleepy race with her primary challenge to Cuomo. There is some Democratic discontent with the governor but it will be at least a few weeks before it’s clear whether Nixon can get…