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


Show Me the Money (TX): Perry’s Pot of Gold

By · Jul, 09 2009

Everyone knew the intraparty feud between Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rick Perry for the Texas governorship was going to be an expensive showdown. Now we’ve got our first glimpse at just how large the campaign coffers might grow. Perry – who was prohibited from raising money during the legislative session – raised a whopping $4.3 million in nine days.  At the end of June, his warchest totaled $9.3 million. Hutchison’s grand total has not yet been announced, but she has at least $8 million, a sum transferred from her Senate campaign account late last year.

Perry trumpeted his internet total (over $400,000) and claimed 95% of his support came from within the Lone Star State. Sarah Palin long ago endorsed Perry in this primary. Now that she’s unleashed, expect her to be spending a lot of time on the campaign deep in the heart of Texas raising money and motivating the base. 

Palin’s resignation may have hurt Sen Hutchison’s campaign the most of any Republican. If Palin decides to decamp to Texas, the intraparty fireworks stands to become the most fascinating political spectacle of the entire cycle. If Hutchison is raising money at a clip similar to Perry’s it will also be one of the most expensive primary fights in American history.

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