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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Will She Stay or Will She Go?

By · Jul, 29 2009

Now that Sarah Palin has abandoned her elective office for grander and yet-t0-be-determined opportunities, attention turns to whether or not another also-ran in the McCain 2008 Veep Sweepstakes, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will leave the Senate early. CQ Politics reports on KBH’s mixed signals as to whether she will give up her seat to mount a primary challenge to Governor Rick Perry.

Over the course of just a few hours on Wednesday, she sent nothing but mixed signals.

First, she told a Texas radio interviewer that she intends to resign her seat in the Senate.

In Washington a short time later, Hutchison said she might stay in the Senate through next year’s gubernatorial race and really didn’t intend to indicate a change in her anticipated timetable.

“I did not realize this was going to be something that would be construed as different from what I’ve been saying,” Hutchison told reporters. “I had said that I would be leaving probably some time toward the end of the year, late fall. And that’s what I said in this interview.”

 Apparently, her earlier comments were directed toward Perry, who she wants to step aside and decide to not stand for reelection. She argues the state needs a change; if Perry wins and serves a complete term, he would have led Texas for an unprecedented fifteen years. Hutchison hopes Perry realizes how divisive a primary between the two GOP heavyweights would be to the party. If he steps aside, it would decrease the likelihood she would quit the senate early, as a lack of a primary contest would allow her to continue her DC duties.

Perry, for his part, doesn’t seem to be interested in leaving Austin. He’s raising impressive amounts of money, aggressively pursuing the Lone Star State’s GOP’s conservative activist base’s support, and has surged ahead of KBH in early polls. Could Hutchison be the one that calls it quits even before the contest starts?

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