Governor News & Analysis

Gubernatorial Race Updates (July 15, 2022)

by Jacob Rubashkin July 15, 2022 · 2:28 PM EDT

ALASKA. Mike Dunleavy (R), elected 2018 (51%). Alaska’s unique election system – the top four candidates in the August 16 all-party primary will compete on a ranked-choice ballot in November – make this race difficult to handicap. Dunleavy faces challengers from all sides. State Rep. Christopher Kurka and Kenai Peninsula…

House & Governor Report Shorts (July 1, 2022)

July 1, 2022 · 2:26 PM EDT

22nd District.
Now that all but the last couple hundred ballots have finally been counted, GOP Rep. David Valadao can breathe a brief sigh of relief. The incumbent will outpace fellow Republican and former Fresno City councilor Chris Mathys by just 1,226 votes, after Democrats started spending to…

Report Shorts (June 17, 2022)

June 17, 2022 · 2:29 PM EDT

Senate. Rep. Mo Brooks was left for politically dead after former President Donald Trump rescinded his endorsement. But he still managed to revive his campaign enough for a second-place finish, with 29 percent to Katie Boyd Britt’s 45 percent. Veteran Mike Durant’s once-high-flying effort finished third with 23…

What Happened in West Virginia and Nebraska Primaries

by Jacob Rubashkin May 12, 2022 · 10:11 AM EDT

Tuesday saw voters in West Virginia and Nebraska head to the polls to pick nominees for this fall’s midterm elections. It was also the latest battery of tests of the strength of Donald Trump’s endorsement, and one that produced mixed results for the former president. But none of the results…

2022 Gubernatorial Overview (March 4, 2022)

by Jacob Rubashkin March 4, 2022 · 2:30 PM EST

Unlike in the House or Senate, there’s no prize waiting for the party that controls a majority of America’s fifty governorships.

But the last two years have underscored the important role that governors play in politics and in the lives of everyday Americans, from leading the response to the Covid-19…

2022 Gubernatorial Overview (March 4, 2022) Alabama - Illinois

by Jacob Rubashkin March 4, 2022 · 2:29 PM EST

ALABAMA. Kay Ivey (R), assumed office 2017, elected 2018 (60%). Ivey is running for her second full term and faces two credible challengers in the GOP primary, which is the real contest in this deeply Republican state. Tim James, a construction businessman and the son of former Gov. Fob James,…

2022 Gubernatorial Overview (March 4, 2022) Iowa - New Mexico

by Jacob Rubashkin March 4, 2022 · 2:28 PM EST

IOWA. Kim Reynolds (R), assumed office 2017, elected 2018 (50.3%). Democrats came just a few points away from winning the Iowa gubernatorial race in 2018 but it’s been downhill since. Almost all of the party’s bench — Rep. Cindy Axne (running for re-election), state Auditor Rob Sand, state Rep. Ras…

2022 Gubernatorial Overview (March 4, 2022) New York - Wyoming

by Jacob Rubashkin March 4, 2022 · 2:27 PM EST

NEW YORK. Kathy Hochul, assumed office August 2021. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the towering, dynastic figure who once seemed invulnerable to attacks from his left or right, is gone, felled by a sexual harassment scandal that is still reverberating through the political and media worlds. 

In his place is Hochul,…

Texas Primary Takeaways

by Jacob Rubashkin March 2, 2022 · 4:07 PM EST

Voters officially kicked off the midterms in Texas Tuesday night, heading to the polls to select party nominees for Congress, governor, and other statewide offices. The results were largely as expected, though a few races will head to runoffs on May 24 because no candidate secured a majority of the…

If History’s a Guide, Biden Ain’t Getting Any Stronger

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 2, 2022 · 11:52 AM EST

President Joe Biden’s weak political standing looks like cement around the feet of the Democratic majorities in Congress. And even though the 2022 midterm elections are still more than 9 months away, history tells us Biden’s job rating isn’t likely to improve and more likely will deteriorate before Election Day.