Governor News & Analysis

Kentucky Governor: Riders Up!

by Jacob Rubashkin May 5, 2023 · 2:27 PM EDT

The biggest horse race of the month isn’t taking place at Churchill Downs. It’s at the ballot box. 

The winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby may trot away with $1.86 million, but that’s less than one-fifth of what three Republican gubernatorial hopefuls have spent on TV ahead of the state’s…

North Carolina Governor: 2024’s Marquee Matchup

by Erin Covey May 2, 2023 · 10:15 AM EDT

Mark Robinson’s first campaign rally announcing his run for governor of North Carolina was more notable for what he didn’t say than what he did say. At a racing track in Alamance County last weekend, the Republican lieutenant governor hit on a number of tried-and-true conservative talking points on taxes,…

Report Shorts (April 21, 2023)

April 21, 2023 · 2:26 PM EDT

California’s 47th District. Former Rep. Harley Rouda ended his comeback bid after suffering a traumatic brain injury. The Democrat was angling to succeed Rep. Katie Porter, who is running for Senate. That leaves state Sen. Dave Min as the most notable Democrat in the race, though attorney Joanna Weiss and…

Gubernatorial ‘Nepo Babies’

by Jacob Rubashkin April 12, 2023 · 1:45 PM EDT

“I’m not a politician,” begins a recent fundraising email from Missouri gubernatorial candidate Jay Ashcroft. “I’m an engineer.”

Ashcroft may be an engineer, but as a two-term secretary of state, gubernatorial candidate, and former state Senate hopeful, he’s certainly a politician as well. And he’s vying now to join an…

Report Shorts (April 7, 2023)

April 7, 2023 · 1:28 PM EDT

Arizona's 1st District. The field of Democrats attempting to unseat GOP Rep. David Schweikert is shaping up. Jevin Hodge, who came less than 1 point away from defeating Schweikert last cycle, announced that he won’t run in 2024. Since then, Democratic state Rep. Amish Shah and  former state party chairman…

How Trump’s Legal Problems Could Affect Down Ballot Republicans

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 3, 2023 · 1:39 PM EDT

Even if legal problems don’t hinder former President Donald Trump’s political comeback attempt, they could hurt other Republican candidates on the ballot in 2024. 

Republicans won’t have to reckon with the electoral ramifications of Trump’s indictment for now. But much of the short-term analysis (or more specifically, the overall Republican…

Report Shorts (March 24, 2023)

March 24, 2023 · 2:28 PM EDT

Arizona Senate. Kyrsten Sinema’s campaign website has stopped sending donors to Democratic platform ActBlue. Instead, the independent now directs donors to rival payment processor Anedot, which is used primarily by Republican candidates and independents. Sinema hasn’t been kicked off ActBlue (yet), and her page on that platform is still live.…

Report Shorts (February 17, 2023)

February 17, 2023 · 2:28 PM EST

California Senate. In one of the least surprising moves of the cycle, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced she will not seek re-election. Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff were already in the race, and they are now joined by Rep. Barbara Lee. There’s a reasonable chance that two Democrats…

2023 Gubernatorial Overview: Three’s Company

January 20, 2023 · 2:30 PM EST

There’s no such thing as an off-year in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, which will all elect governors this year. 

The trio of states offers a little bit of everything: both a Republican and Democratic governor running for re-election, as well as an open seat. A majority of the action will…

2024 Gubernatorial Overview (January 20, 2023): Focus on the Few

January 20, 2023 · 2:29 PM EST

By Erin Covey & Jacob Rubashkin

Democrats had a better-than-expected 2022 — and not just in Washington, D.C. Though the party was defending seats won in the 2018 “Blue Wave” election, including in GOP-leaning and swing states, they managed to increase their number of governors nationwide.

But fresh off their…