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


Sanford Fallout

By · Jun, 29 2009

Chris Cillizza tallies the winners and losers from last week’s South Carolina political shocker. His take on how this affects the contest to replace Sanford in 2010:


Andre Bauer: South Carolina’s lieutenant governor is now in a win-win situation. If Sanford stays in office, then Bauer’s willingness to raise questions about where the governor was during his five day absence makes him a perfect foil for the embattled chief executive. If Sanford resigns, Bauer steps into the office — giving him a major leg up in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary. 


Nikki Haley: The South Carolina state legislator’s candidacy for governor in 2010 was almost entirely hinged on being seen as the heir to Sanford’s outsider appeal. As late as Tuesday evening, Haley was prominently touting Sanford’s kind words about her candidacy on her campaign Web site. (A Sanford picture was removed by Wednesday morning.) Haley tried to put some distance between herself and Sanford on Wednesday with her statement on the affair (“While Governor Sanford and I have long shared a political philosophy, today’s revelations go well beyond politics,” she said) but it will be very hard for her to find running room in a Republican primary already crowded with well known candidates.

With a majority of South Carolinians wanting Sanford to resign, its astounding how quickly a GOP presidential contender can transform into a political pariah these days.

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