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


Open Seat Watch: Wisconsin on the List?

By · Jun, 29 2009

Rumors are rampant in the Badger State that two-term incumbent Democrat Jim Doyle is preparing to become the next director of the Peace Corps. The governor is denying a move to DC is imminent, but with his  falling poll numbers (pdf) a reelection campaign has got to be looking less and less enticing. This is one of those states where the Democrats’ chances of retaining the seat would improve if he does step aside, as Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton appears stronger in early polling.

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