Governor News & Analysis

Virginia Governor: The Democrats’ Must-Win Race

Nathan L. Gonzales October 13, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

It was easy for Democrats to explain away special election losses in Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, and even Georgia’s 6th District, considering Donald Trump won all of those districts in 2016. But the stakes are much higher in next month’s gubernatorial race in Virginia, which Hillary Clinton won by more…

Democrats Look for First Signature Victory

Nathan L. Gonzales June 23, 2017 · 2:57 PM EDT

After a setback in Georgia’s 6th District, Democrats are looking for the next opportunity to take back some territory for their party and change the narrative about elections during the Trump Administration. Democrats are well-positioned to win the Virginia and New Jersey races for governor this fall.

On June 6…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview: Victory Now, Redistricting Power Later

Nathan L. Gonzales April 21, 2017 · 3:00 PM EDT

Gubernatorial races might feel irrelevant in and distant from Washington, which is dominated by the presidency and Congress, but the next batch of races will have a profound impact on which party controls the House next decade. 

Voters in 38 states (including nine of the 10 largest) will elect a…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview (April 21, 2017) Alabama - Illinois

April 21, 2017 · 2:59 PM EDT

ALABAMA -- Kay Ivey (R), assumed governorship April 2017. Ivey recently became governor after GOP Gov. Robert Bentley resigned under an ethical cloud involving an extramarital affair and improper use of state resources. Ivey becomes the first female governor of Alabama since Lurleen Wallace, wife of George Wallace, whom Ivey…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview (April 21, 2017) Iowa - New Mexico

April 21, 2017 · 2:58 PM EDT

IOWA -- Terry Branstad (R), elected 2010 (53%), 2014 (59%); previously elected 1982 (53%), 1986 (52%), 1990 (61%) and 1994 (57%). Branstad is President Trump’s choice to be the U.S. ambassador to China, which would elevate Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to governor of the Hawkeye State upon Branstad’s confirmation and…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview (April 21, 2017) New York - Wyoming

April 21, 2017 · 2:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Andrew Cuomo (D) elected 2010 (63%), 2014 (54%). The governor is expected to seek a third term and the race is not expected to be particularly competitive. Law professor Zephyr Teachout challenged Cuomo in the 2014 primary (lost 63-33% percent) and then lost a competitive congressional race…

Candidate Conversation - Brad Little (R)

April 7, 2017 · 2:51 PM EDT

Candidate for Governor of Idaho

Interview Date: March 28, 2017

Date of Birth: Feb. 15, 1954; Emmett, Idaho

Education: Univ. of Idaho (1976)

Political Office: Lieutenant Governor (current); State senator

Current Outlook: As the sitting lieutenant governor with Gov. Butch Otter’s endorsement, Little is a top contender to become Idaho’s…

Off-Year Governors Races Look Challenging for GOP

Stuart Rothenberg March 14, 2017 · 10:00 AM EDT

Gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey will get plenty of attention this year, in part because of Donald Trump’s victory and the developing divisions in the two major parties.

Observers will be looking for possible signs that Trump’s “new” Republican Party is changing the political arithmetic or that Democrats…

At DGA, Pearson Quietly Pulling Democrats Back to Prominence

Nathan L. Gonzales February 21, 2017 · 9:15 AM EST

Democratic lawmakers probably wouldn’t recognize Elisabeth Pearson if she walked into their Capitol Hill office, but they might be owing her their jobs before too long. 

As executive director of the Democratic Governors Association and a leading strategist in the party’s redistricting efforts, Pearson’s success will determine how long members…

Fight Over Congressional Redistricting Begins With Key Gubernatorial Contests

Stuart Rothenberg February 8, 2017 · 9:00 AM EST

While the 2020 census is still three years away, the fight for control of the congressional redistricting process is underway -- in developing gubernatorial contests in a handful of key states.

Yes, there are plenty of unknowns about reapportionment and redistricting, since the courts, the Trump Justice Department and state…