Governor News & Analysis

Report Shorts (May 7, 2021)

May 7, 2021 · 2:26 PM EDT

California Governor Recall
The race to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom is (nearly) official, after organizers turned in significantly more validated signatures than necessary to put the Democrat on the ballot this fall. While there are still some procedural hoops left to jump through, the recall — just the second…

California Governor Recall: Does Jenner Help or Hurt the GOP cause?

by Jacob Rubashkin April 26, 2021 · 12:50 PM EDT

Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic decathlete and current reality TV star, recently announced she is running as a Republican for governor of California in this year’s likely recall election. She joins former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 gubernatorial nominee John Cox, both Republicans, as the most prominent candidates…

Report Shorts (April 23, 2021)

by Jacob Rubashkin April 23, 2021 · 2:28 PM EDT

Florida’s 20th District
The death of Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, who represented parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties for more than 28 years, has set off a large scrum for this solidly Democratic seat that Joe Biden carried by 55 points. The declared candidates already include state Sen.…

Rhode Island At-Large: The Election Democrats Don’t Want to Happen

by Jacob Rubashkin March 5, 2021 · 2:30 PM EST

The last time Rhode Island had just one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, there were 15 states in the Union, George Washington was president, and the hottest track in America was Handel’s “Messiah.” The year was 1792.

For the next 230 years, the Ocean State had two (and…

2021-22 Gubernatorial Overview: Hail to the (State) Chiefs

by Jacob Rubashkin February 19, 2021 · 2:30 PM EST

Natural disaster, mass protests, election administration, and the omnipresent coronavirus pandemic have cemented governors as an unmissable part of the American landscape. Last year, state chiefs stepped into the void left by the federal government. This year, the opportunity to exercise leadership and political power will likely come again.


2021-22 Gubernatorial Overview (Feb. 19, 2021) Alabama - Illinois

by Jacob Rubashkin February 19, 2021 · 2:29 PM EST

ALABAMA. Kay Ivey (R), assumed office 2017, elected 2018 (60%). Ivey, who took over for the scandal-plagued Robert Bentley in early 2017, will have served for nearly seven years by Election Day, but is eligible to seek a second consecutive full term under Alabama’s constitution. If she runs, her vulnerability…

2021-22 Gubernatorial Overview (Feb. 19, 2021) Iowa - New Mexico

by Jacob Rubashkin February 19, 2021 · 2:28 PM EST

IOWA. Kim Reynolds (R), assumed office 2017, elected 2018 (50.3%). Reynolds won a narrow victory in 2018 but is better situated this time around, despite Democrats’ displeasure with her hands-off attitude toward the coronavirus pandemic. Oft-cited as a potential Democratic candidate is state Auditor Rob Sand, who narrowly defeated the…

Vote Above Replacement: 2020 Governor Elections

by Bradley Wascher February 16, 2021 · 9:35 AM EST

Last November, just 11 states elected a governor. And perhaps unsurprisingly given the slate of states, almost every race was uncompetitive, with all but one (North Carolina) decided by at least ten points. Despite such wide margins, though, it would be incorrect to say that 2020’s gubernatorial elections were boring.…

New Jersey Governor: Can Murphy Break The Curse?

by Jacob Rubashkin February 5, 2021 · 2:30 PM EST

Not long ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was riding the wave of a re-election win into a top-tier presidential bid. A few years later, politics on the ground have shifted, and Garden State Republicans are grasping for power, just hoping to stay competitive in this year’s gubernatorial contest.


Virginia Governor: Republican Rebound?

by Jacob Rubashkin January 22, 2021 · 2:30 PM EST

It doesn’t have the same pomp and circumstance as the presidential inauguration, but the Virginia gubernatorial election is the next big political event on the docket. As one of only two states electing a governor in 2021 (New Jersey is the other), all eyes often turn to Virginia at the…