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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Sanford Digs In – Democrats See Opportunity

By · Aug, 27 2009

South Carolina Republicans must be cursing every time embattled SC Governor Mark Sanford gets in front of a mic and cameras. This morning he had yet another press conference in which his defense about his possibly illegal use of private planes amounted to “You don’t have your facts right” and “This is all about my opponents’ political ambitions” and “Everybody else does it, so why the fuss?”

And, observing how well it works for Sarah Palin, he blames the whole controversy on a lazy and culpable media.

He’s clearly digging in and forcing the state GOP to impeach him. To save their own political careers they’re going to have to purge the disgraced Sanford from their ranks. The longer the party is roiled by the Sanford saga the more Democrats become encouraged about their 2010 prospects.

the beleaguered Republican has accomplished one turn-around. For the first time in year’s, the state’s Democrats are looking forward to the next governor’s race. The Democratic nominee won’t have Sanford to run against next year. But with unemployment hovering around 12 percent and even Republican candidates like Attorney General Henry McMaster taking shots at Sanford, the Democrats sense an opportunity. 

CNN video from yesterday’s presser (today’s will be posted once it’s available)

Each time Sanford gets in front of a camera, he not only digs a deeper hole for himself and his GOP brethren but raises the question, “How the hell was this guy ever considered a rising star in the Republican Party?”

Is he the best the elephants can muster?

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