The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Land Shocks MI Politicos

By · Jun, 27 2009

She had been viewed as the GOP 2010 frontrunner. Many thought she would have been a formidable general election gubernatorial candidate in Michigan’s contest to replace term-limited Democrat Jennifer Granholm. So when Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced her decision to withdraw from a race she had yet to join, she stunned political strategists.  With Michigan economic struggles worse than the rest of the nation, the challenges confronting Michigan’s next governor are daunting. Could she be one of those rare politicians who understands their own limitations? The Detroit Free Press’ Ron Dzwonkowski writes:

Land had no real baggage as a candidate. But she may have come up a little short on what former president George H.W. Bush once described as “the vision thing.”

After the wrenching economic transition that Michigan is going through, the next governor needs to articulate a broad view of what this state can become with a much smaller automotive and manufacturing base, and demonstrate the leadership to get us there. Land has been more of a hands-on doer, which works well in the Secretary of State’s office but can be a liability in a governor. The executive’s role is more about laying out broad policy goals and finding the right people to achieve them.

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